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with Robin Carnes, MBA, E-RYT 500, Renee Champagne, RYT, M.Ed.

patch @200This course prepares certified Yoga and meditation teachers to work in military settings with active duty service members, veterans, family members, professional caregivers, and civilian staff.

As the US military adopts evidence-based mind/body approaches and seeks to hire competent instructors, specialized training focused on military culture and combat-related conditions will help those responsible for selecting mind/body contractors and staff to make more informed decisions.

Learning Objectives:

  • The key distinctions between “yogic culture” and “military culture” and why they matter
  • Key facts about military culture, history, structure, values, norms and attitudes
  • Cultural sensitivity skills critical to a teacher’s success and effectiveness
  • Ways to introduce yoga/meditation that enhance your students’ receptivity and focus on the relevance to their concerns
  • How to create a safe learning container and why this is crucial for working with those suffering from trauma
  • A basic understanding of war-related traumatic stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Practical guidelines for working with student’s emotional reactions in class
  • Strategies and tips for initiating a class or workshop series in military facilities and communities

This course is designed for three types of Yoga and meditation teachers—
1. Those with no experience with the military and wish to determine if working in a military community is appropriate for them.
2. Those with no experience with the military but have a very strong desire to be of service in this venue.
3. Those who are currently working in a military community and want to learn how to teach Yoga and meditation in a military setting.

Continuing Education:
This program provides the following CE opportunities:

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This course was GREAT, GREAT, GREAT !!! Thank you for the untold hours of love and devotion that have gone into developing your work and this class. The course was impeccably organized…packed with useful information…and extremely generous. It was a joy to sense how lovingly the five of you work together.

Earning your Part 1 Certificate of Completion requires

  • Attending (or listening to recording) all seven webinar lecture classes
  • Participating in two hour-long discussion groups* (not recorded)
  • Submitting final homework assignment

About the Instructors

Military YogaRobin Carnes
was hired as a Subject Matter Expert by the Defense Department and Samueli Institute to co-develop a research protocol and serve as lead instructor of the first DOD-funded feasibility study of yoga nidra meditation for PTS symptoms in 2005. Since 2006, Robin has served as the Yoga and iRest® Yoga Nidra meditation instructor for the Deployment Health Clinical Center’s (DHCC) acute Post Traumatic Stress Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program, The Specialized Care Program, at Walter Reed Medical Center. As a member of the SCP’s clinical team, Robin has worked with military families, individuals suffering from Military Sexual Trauma, and with clinical staff struggling with compassion fatigue.

This work sparked a passion for bringing mind/body healing and the military together in a growing number of ways. Robin is a co-founder of Warriors at Ease, Inc., which trains certified yoga and meditation teachers in core competencies required to work safely and effectively in military communities affected by combat-related stress. To date, Warriors at Ease has trained almost 200 yoga and meditation teachers across the country.

Certified iRest InstructorRobin is also a founding member of the Military Mind Body Health Consortium (MMBHC), a multi-stakeholder organization focused on bringing the power of mind body healing to military communities and military healthcare. The MMBHC is currently working with the Samueli Institute and other pioneers in the field to find innovative ways to translate mind-body research into programming.

Robin is well recognized as a pioneer and innovator in her field, and has been written about in the Washington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine, Yoga Journal, and She has presented at numerous military healthcare conferences. Her work is featured in Amy Weintraub’s book, Yoga Skills for Therapists (Norton 2012), and the award-winning documentary film, Escape Fire: Rescuing America’s Healthcare System.

Robin started her career as a management consultant and trainer to companies including AT&T, Discovery Channel, and Staples for over a decade. She left the corporate world in 1995. Her book, Sacred Circles: A Guide to Creating Your Own Women’s Spirituality Group was published by Harper San Francisco in 1998. Robin pursued her lifelong interest in mind/body healing and went on to be certified as an iRest® yoga nidra meditation instructor, and a yoga teacher. For 10 years, Robin launched and managed successful volunteer program at a women’s shelter in Washington DC. She has produced three meditation CDs which have helped thousands of people destress.

Robin graduated summa cum laude from Keene State College in 1983. In 1985, she attended Harvard Divinity School. For three years she matriculated in the joint Masters in Social Work/Masters in Business Administration program at Boston College. She graduated with honors in 1988 from Boston College Graduate School of Management with an MBA. She is a certified yoga instructor and a certified iRest® Yoga nidra instructor. For more information visit Robin’s Website at:


reneeRenee Champagne is a USAF Veteran, Military Spouse, mother, wellness coach, and holds several certificates in Yoga. Renee has taught yoga to military populations since 2007 and continues to find innovative ways to help foster Post Traumatic Growth. She is the Warriors at Ease Yoga Coordinator at Walter Reed and a faculty member. Renee is an advocate for military families. She is a Liaison for Give an Hour, and an Expedition Leader for No Barriers Warriors.

As an endurance athlete and trauma survivor, Renee has first-hand knowledge of the benefits of Yoga. She completed a Yoga series for the CHAMP at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Her ability to overcome and thrive make her a sought out speaker about trauma, resilience, and Post-traumatic Growth. Renee has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health from William and Mary with a focus on wellness, families, and trauma.