Over the past two decades, scientific evidence has persuaded high-level DoD health care experts to accept yoga and meditation as legitimate treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pain management, and much more. Yoga is good for not just the body, but the mind as well. Many aspects of yoga have been incorporated into mission preparation for elite teams such as the Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets.
Veterans all over the country are practicing yoga in order to enhance their mental wellness. Veteran Student Life is aware of the physical and mental benefits of yoga, but we also know that finding a yoga class that doesn't feel off the mark can be difficult. If you are a student veteran at UMD, we want you to come out to our free Vet Yoga class for veterans led by a veteran to help you ease your way into wellness. Spots are limited, so sign up here: go.umd.edu/VetYoga
Yoga At UMD
There are many opportunities on or close to campus to continue exploring yoga. Our partner for the Veterans Yoga events is Numi Yoga. Located close to campus just off of Baltimore Ave., they often have student discount packages.
Eppley Recreation Center also offers yoga as part of their free group fitness classes. Classes include Yoga Beginner, Yoga Advanced, Yoga Strength, Yoga Restore & Meditate, and specialty classes such as Bike Yoga. Check their schedule for class times and locations.
Studio A, located on the lower level of stamp, also offers yoga classes for a small fee. In the past they've held the class over lunch, but check their schedule for updates for the summer and fall semester.
The University of Maryland also has multiple student-run organizations that practice and promote yoga. Yogi Terps host events both on campus and in nearby venues, and the UMD Bhakti Yoga Club meets weekly at the Stamp. Check out their Facebook pages for more student-led yoga activity.