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Veterans Yoga Project

Alameda, CA   |  www.veteransyogaproject.org

Mission

Veterans Yoga Project (VYP) supports recovery and resilience in our veterans, families and communities. Through the teaching of the skills and methods of the VYP Mindful Resilience program (breathing, meditation, guided rest, mindful movement and gratitude), we work with veterans who are facing physical and/or psychological (PTSD, depression) challenges as a result of their service. VYP offers classes, at no charge, across the country, and an online practice library for veterans, active-duty military, first responders, front line health care workers and caregivers.

Notes from the nonprofit

VYP is committed to serving our veterans with integrity, transparency, and honor. We will continue to monitor and work to improve our veteran and caregiver feedback mechanisms.

Ruling year info

2014

Chief Executive Officer

Brianna Renner

Main address

P.O. Box 6472

Alameda, CA 90501 USA

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EIN

45-3606064

NTEE code info

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (F12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Effective May 18, 2017, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) recommended Provisions of Complementary and Integrative Health be included in medical benefits package when clinically necessary. This resulted from consistent empirical evidence and veteran testimonials supporting the validity of integrative treatments for physical and mental health challenges including anxiety, depression and PTS(D). Veterans’ usage of VA PTS alternative treatment programs has increased, propelled primarily by veteran preferences. However, military/veteran service systems face a dearth of ethnically-diverse, highly-qualified, specially-trained yoga and mental health professionals. Evidence suggests veterans are more ikely to remain engaged with adjunct therapies such as yoga and meditation when led by veterans and more particularly, veterans who reflect their own identities. VYP seeks to increase the availability of prepared professionals to lead this therapy and to make this therapy readily available.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery Yoga Classes

Veterans Yoga Project teaches self-regulation skills. Our Mindful Resilience/Mindful Yoga Therapy program consists of five tools: Breath, Meditation, Mindful Movement, Guided Rest, and Gratitude. These practices are adapted and delivered to maximize their ability to undo the nervous system dysfunctions that underlie symptoms of stress-related conditions. Classes are offered live online or in-person.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Caregivers
People with disabilities
Families

Veterans Yoga Project provides advanced training in Mindful Resilience for yoga teachers and healthcare professionals. Our training programs provide yoga teachers and other healthcare professionals with the skills to safely and effectively use yoga as a complementary therapy in clinical and community settings. Additionally, VYP offers a 200-hour training for individuals looking to complete their first level of yoga teacher training and seek to do so from a trauma-informed perspective.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Caregivers
Veterans
Military personnel

This blended online training course includes 7 weekly live interactive webinars and 6 e-learning modules designed to support those who are dealing with burnout, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue. This course will provide you with tangible tools to help you recognize, prevent, and transform compassion fatigue into compassion satisfaction. With a limit of 18 students per training, the small-group format will provide better learning enhancement and community connection.

Population(s) Served

Mindful Resilience is what we call the collection of mind-body practices that we teach: Breathing, Meditation, Mindful Movement, Guided Rest, and Gratitude. These tools help us breathe easy, focus clearly, move freely, rest deeply, and remember what is working in our lives. As a result, we become more resilient in the face of both ordinary and extraordinary challenges. VYP classes can be accessed via a direct link that will be emailed within 30 minutes before your class begins.
Quick instructions on how to book a class in the new VYP Online Studio are provided.
Accounts are always free and the information you provide will remain confidential and will never be sold or shared. Can’t make the class times? A Practice Page is available with recorded classes.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults
Caregivers
Military personnel
Veterans
Adults
Caregivers
Military personnel
Veterans
Adults
Caregivers
Military personnel

Where we work

Awards

VYP DAY Proclamation 2021

City of Alameda

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of encounters reported in Mindful Resilience Yoga online attendance records

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Military personnel, Caregivers

Related Program

Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery Yoga Classes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Mindful Resilience Yoga online classes are provided free of charge to all participants and are open to veterans, their family members, their communities, and first responders.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Military personnel, Caregivers

Related Program

Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery Yoga Classes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Because of privacy laws, we can not identify individuals who are not participating in in-person settings. This number represents live in-person contacts.

Percentage of Persons Reporting Reduction in Physical Pain

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Military personnel, Caregivers

Related Program

Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery Yoga Classes

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These scores are self-reported at the beginning and end of classes.

Percentage of Participants Reporting a Decrease in Mental Distress

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Military personnel

Related Program

Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery Yoga Classes

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These scores are based on self-reporting at the beginning and ending of class.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

VYP programs decrease barriers to accessing physical and mental healthcare, providing a non-clinical doorway into veterans health services. VYP programs increase accessibility to programming that fosters a healthy lifestyle, directly with yoga and meditation for veterans, and indirectly by providing training to veteran service providers and caregivers. VYP Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery Yoga Teacher Training and Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery Training programs provide veterans the skills, abilities, and opportunities to thrive after service. VYP programs also address the mental health and social isolation difficulties identified as being significant concerns in the veterans community due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

1. VYP provides a 200-hour MRYTT course for veterans and those who serve or are willing to serve veterans. Upon completion, participants are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200 yoga teacher, become part of the VYP Teachers Alliance support program, and may pursue employment as a yoga teacher inside and outside the VA System.
2. VYP offers opportunities for yoga teachers, as well as mental health clinicians, VA and Vet Center employees, to receive trauma-informed care training via the MRT. This 20-hour course provides education, training and practice to bridge the civilian/military divide and present trauma-informed Mindful Resilience tools for veteran yoga students. Yoga teachers completing an MRT are asked to perform volunteer work delivering yoga programs to the veteran community. Outputs from this initiative include veterans or veteran caregivers/service providers with a basic knowledge of trauma-informed care and how to use it to share yoga and meditation practices.
3. VYP offers advanced training for veteran or veteran caregivers who have completed MRT or MRYTT to become MRT or MRYTT facilitators.
4. VYP provides hundreds of hours of yoga classes each week, online and in person as public health conditions allow, at no cost to veterans, veteran household members and caregivers.

Dr. Daniel J. Libby, while working as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Yale University Department of Psychiatry at the West Haven VA Medical Center, found that veterans recovering from PTS(D) who practiced yoga and meditation had better outcomes. He developed a training workshop to assist other yoga teachers develop the skills and knowledge to effectively use yoga as a complementary part of PTS(D) treatment. This 18-hour Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery (MRT) training has been delivered to almost 2000 yoga teachers, veteran healthcare and service providers. VYP offered its first 200-hour MRY Teacher Training course in 2019 graduating 16 of 20 veterans; ten currently teach yoga to veterans. Several volunteer with VYP, and one joined the staff managing online yoga programs. With lessons learned from that cohort VYP expects a higher completion rate. VYP Director of Training Programs, Alexandra Cordle, developed and implemented a comprehensive faculty training program for Mindful Resilience for Compassion Fatigue (MRCF) facilitators. VYP is an International Association of Yoga Therapy member school and a certified Yoga Alliance school. In 2022, VYP documented 24,000+ visits to 4000+ classes and trained 200+ yoga teachers and providers in trauma-informed care.

In 2022, VYP continued to offer online streaming Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery Yoga classes to lessen geography as a barrier to participation. VYP offered online cohorts of Mindful Resilience for Compassion Fatigue and hybrid Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery Training to yoga teachers and mental health practitioners. More than 177,000 online streaming views were documented in 2020 along with more than 10,000 in-person encounters. In 2021, VYP documented 17,000+ visits to 4000+ classes, trained 250+ yoga teachers and providers in trauma-informed care, trained 99 veteran caregivers in managing compassion fatigue, and certified 6 MRCF faculty. In general, more than 60% self-identify as men. More than 70% self-reported a reduction in physical pain, and nearly 90% noted a significant reduction in mental distress following class participation. VYP continued to grow and expand its reach during 2021, and VYP is looking forward to a very busy 2022 delivering yoga to veterans and preparing teachers and mental health professional to work with veterans, active military, military families, caregivers and others living with past trauma, vicarious trauma, and mental distress.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Veterans Yoga Project

Board of directors
as of 03/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jaime Yslas

Navy Veteran / Yoga Teacher / Logistics

Kristine Ringler

Research Consultant/Yoga Instructor/Army Veterans

Priya Kasturi

Mgmt Consultant, Yoga Teacher

Dennis Blender

Business Consultant, Yoga Teacher

Frank Giuliano

EVP, Human Resources

Jeff Masters

Army Veteran, Yoga Teacher

Jaime Yslas

Navy Veteran, Yoga Teacher

Brian Cooke

Marine Veteran, Int'l Security

Debra Jeannette

Supply Chain Mgmt, Yoga Teacher

Sherrell Moore-Tucker

Army Veteran/ Yoga Teacher / Mental Health Advocate

Charlotte Mahoney

Lawyer

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/1/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.