Warriors For Healing was started with a mission to raise awareness and funds to support programs for veterans and their families who suffer from PTSD and/or depression and support them on their journey of self-healing, empowerment, and personal wellness. Through the science of Yoga, Warriors For Healing connects Yogis, service groups, spiritual centers, veterans and military supporters to heal the seen and unseen stressors of military and combat life.
The Warriors For Healing Movement:
W4H is devoted to bringing Yoga science to veterans suffering as a result of experiencing traumatic events in their lives.
The intention is not only to help people unlock their inherent power to heal, but also to assist them in a journey of self-empowerment and the establishment of new lives. The practice of selfless service is a core principle of Yoga philosophy, and the W4H mission offers an opportunity for Yoga practitioners and enthusiasts across the nation to join together in selfless service for our nation’s wounded warriors.
Founded by Bhava Ram, a former NBC news war correspondent, W4H is a direct reflection of his journey to healing and wholeness. Ram’s military career ended due to a broken back and failed surgery. Declared permanently disabled, he was heavily medicated, confined to a body brace, and suffered PTSD. Years later came a diagnosis of stage four cancer and the medical prognosis that survival was not possible. On the brink of death, Ram was detoxified from all medications and embraced mind/body medicine. Through the sciences of Yoga, Ram healed himself and now devotes his life to helping others reclaim their inherent power to achieve profound self-healing, overcome life’s greatest challenges, find their authentic voices, and manifest their fullest potential.
Funds raised by efforts go towards providing free trauma therapy for PTSD in VA Hospitals, Yoga Studios, Community Centers and other venues nationwide. Through partners like, Give Back Yoga
Foundation and Connected Warriors Foundation, W4H provides trainings, tools and materials for Yoga Teachers and veterans.
Bhava Ram: W4H Founder and Executive Director
Laura Plumb: W4H Director of Yoga and Ayurveda Therapy
Ann Berchtold: W4H Programs & Events Director
Miles Demars-Rote: W4H Ambassador’s Program Director
As a yoga community we have the ability to join forces around a shared purpose. By working together we can – in a loud and resounding voice – create awareness about the healing powers of yoga and meditation. Our collective knowledge and energy can have a direct impact on those suffering from trauma.
Fundraising efforts for the event on June 28, 2015 is under way and ends June 15, 2015.
- Every $100 raised will provide one veteran with the following: a For Veterans Practice Guide, Mindful Yoga Therapy, a list of complimentary yoga classes for veterans, and a PDF version of the highly acclaimed memoir Warrior Pose, How Yoga Literally Saved My Life, by former network news correspondent and W4H founder, Bhava Ram.
- Every $250 raised will provide one veteran through our Warriors for Healing Scholarship Program the following: Space on the lawn for the premier Warriors for Healing even ton June 28, 2015, a transitional class which will provide and introduction to Mindful Yoga Therapy, a list of complimentary yoga classes for veterans, and a PDF version of the highly acclaimed
memoir Warrior Pose, How Yoga Literally Saved My Life, by former network news correspondent and W4H founder, Bhava Ram.
Donate — Donate to help us raise awareness and funds to support programs for veterans and their families on their journey of self-healing, empowerment, and personal wellness. 100% of your donations will go towards supporting our “Awareness Events”, and the programs led by Give Back Yoga Foundation and Connected Warriors Foundation. W4H welcomes one-time donations as well as sponsored teams, every dollar makes a difference. With a $250 donation you can “fund a mat” at the Yoga Journal Live event, for yourself, for a veteran or special guest.
Join a Warriors For Healing Team: Reach out and seek support for your commitment to selfless service and giving back to our veterans. Share word far and wide, help us spread word, grow a movement, make a difference.
Set up a Warriors For Healing Team — A key element of deeper yoga practice is called seva, which means selfless service to others. We’re inviting everyone who attends the Yoga Journal conference to join in supporting our troops by creating fundraising pages on our Warriors for Healing event site and reaching out to friends and family for small donations to support them. To start a team or join a team, please visit the “How To Get Involved” page.