November 11th is Veteran’s Day, which is a time we honor those who have dedicated their time in service to our country. This year, we are hoping to use it as an opportunity to meet more Veterans on the yoga mat throughout the St. Louis area!
Since 2016, Yoga Buzz has been working with VA St. Louis Healthcare System to support the growth of their yoga programming to Veterans. These days, their yoga classes as part of Whole Health are packed – to the point where our friends at Whole Health are looking to provide affordable, accessible options for their Veterans to practice yoga out in the community, separate of the VA’s facilities.
We are eager to support the creation of a bridge between the VA’s yoga classes and the vast resources available throughout the St. Louis yoga community. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but we hope it will be a helpful start.
Tips for finding a yoga studio, teacher, and class to support your practice
Every studio, teacher, and class is different. If you’re looking for something specific, or have specific needs to support your practice, call or email the studio in advance. Not every space will meet the needs of every person, so it’s okay to do a little “shopping” beforehand – and it’s okay if you decide to try something new if the class, teacher, or space doesn’t feel supportive to you.
As with any physical practice, check in with your doctor prior to starting a new exercise regimen. There are different specialized styles of yoga that might better support certain diagnoses, such as Trauma-Informed Yoga for those managing PTSD symptoms, or Accessible Yoga and Chair Yoga for those with limited mobility. Need some suggestions for yoga classes? Feel free to email us at [email protected], and we will do our best to point you in the best direction!
Yoga Buzz on Veteran’s Day
We are hosting a pop-up event at Brick River Cider Co. on Sunday, November 11th at 10am, and have set aside a limited number of free spaces for our Veteran friends. If you or a Veteran you know would like to attend as our guest, please email [email protected] to RSVP. This must be done in advance to ensure a space at the event!
Special Rates for Veterans
South River Yoga offers $8 classes for Veterans ($5 for members of VA St. Louis Healthcare System’s Whole Health).
South River Yoga is also hosting FREE Accessible Yoga classes for Veterans on Tuesday, November 13th at 1:15pm and 2:30pm, led by Sally Denton. Click here for more information and to reserve your space.
Namaste Yoga in Kirkwood offers a discounted rate of $89/monthly membership for Veterans and active duty military. They also offer classes on Veteran’s Day for free to Veterans, active duty military, and first responders (as well as Labor Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day).
Agape Yoga Studio offers 15% off all class cards and monthly unlimited for Veterans. They are also located just down the street from Jefferson Barracks.
Veteran’s Gratitude Week
Our friends at Veterans Yoga Project (a national non-profit organization committed to sharing trauma-informed yoga practices for Veterans throughout the country) are hosting Gratitude Week – a number of donation-based yoga classes led by their training graduates will be raising money to help continue their cause! Check out the links below for more information:
Tuesday, November 6: at Namaste Yoga with Shel Patton (Kirkwood)
Thursday, November 8: at Namaste Yoga with Shel Patton (Kirkwood)
Monday, November 12: at Schlafly Gardenworks with Kat McDonald and Juliana Finch (Maplewood)
Monday, November 12: at Barre Harmony with Katherine Hillgren (St. Peters)
Affordable Yoga in St. Louis – check out our recently updated list of over 200+ weekly yoga classes in the St. Louis area that are $10 or less!
New Student Specials – many yoga studios offer special rates for first-time visitors.
Did we miss a resource? Please comment below to help spread the word!