Westlake Rec offers yoga for warriors

Continuing its dedication to promote health and well-being, the Westlake Recreation Center is excited to be hosting YogaFit for Warriors yoga teacher training in April 2020. YogaFit, accredited by Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists, is committed to bringing the healing power of yoga to individuals and communities throughout the world.

YogaFit for Warriors was created by Shaye Molendyke, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, in order to help veterans and first responders combat the devastating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury. This training equips individuals, and those who work with them, with the necessary tools for integrating yoga into one’s healing process. YogaFit trainings combine expert knowledge with scientific research to maximize the efficacy of positive outcomes for the students, trainees, and teachers with whom they work.

PTSD results from experiencing a life-threatening or traumatic event that results in the inability to function successfully in daily life. Symptoms may include flashbacks, dysregulation of emotions, impaired cognitive functioning and withdrawal from one’s daily activities. Research has shown that yoga has a positive effect on reducing symptoms of PTSD.

A 2017 study in Clinical Psychology Review reported that individuals who participated in a yoga intervention indicated a decrease in anxiety and depression while experiencing an improvement in aspects of cognitive functioning. Though research in this area is still in its infancy, the positive impact yoga has on one’s quality of life has been profound.

The Westlake Recreation Center is excited to continue its relationship with YogaFit. Last year the Rec Center hosted several trainings attended by students from throughout Ohio. This year, in addition to YogaFit Warriors, the training schedule includes YogaFit Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Mindfulness, YogaFit for Addiction and Recovery, YogaFit Prenatal, and Level 1 teacher training. 

This opportunity is open to everyone but space is limited. For more information or to register for a training, visit www.yogafit.com.

Beth Patterson

Beth Patterson is a 200 hr YogaFit CYT and currently teaches at the Westlake Recreation Center.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:04 AM, 02.18.2020