ABOUT MINDFUL RESILIENCE YOGA
Created by Veterans Yoga Project founder Daniel Libby, PHD, Mindful Resilience is a collection of mind-body practices that includes Breathing, Meditation, Mindful Movement, Guided Rest, and Gratitude. These tools help us breath 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.
Five Tools of Mindful Resilience
Breathing - Simple techniques that enhance the relaxation response.
Meditation - Awareness exercises that enhance focus and concentration.
Mindful Movement - Deliberate exercises that bring the body through its natural range of motion to enhance strength and flexibility.
Guided Rest - Guided meditation practices that lead to deep and profound relaxation and rest in the mind and body.
Gratitude - Simple exercises in being thankful for what is right.
U.S. Army Veteran Rafael Rivera, from Baldwin, NY discovered the practice of yoga after being inspired by a fellow Veteran's online transformation. Struggling through Post Traumatic Stress along with transitioning home in 2012 in time for Super Storm Sandy; the practice saved his life. After almost two back to back years in Afghanistan, once deployed with the 372nd MP Company as a driver and mechanic and once more as a civilian contractor working with Ideal Innovations Inc. on the Force Protection Program.
Both experiences had their unique challenges and they took a toll on the mind, the body and the soul. Having discovered the practice through Restorative and Gentle Flow yoga; Rafael continues to focus on the slower more nurturing aspect of the practice. Ranging from novice level classes, to open level mixed with Yin yoga, the style of teaching is slow and strong with an emphasis on alignment and safety so that students may get the most out of their practice.
TEAM RED, WHITE AND BLUE
Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.