Suzanne Manafort

Suzanne is the Founder and Director of Mindful Yoga Therapy. For at least a decade, Suzanne has worked with veterans who are recovering from Post Traumatic Stress. This work led her to study and learn the practic...

How Volunteering with Veterans Launched Mindful Yoga Therapy

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Suzanne Manafort is the Founder of Mindful Yoga Therapy, a Give Back Yoga Legacy Program that helps veterans and first responders lead peaceful, healthy, and productive lives through the practices of yoga and mindfulness. Suzanne began volunteering at her local Veteran’s Administration hospital more than a decade ago. She quickly recognized the benefits of the practice for this population and the need for more experienced teachers. In the years since, her organization has distributed more than 18,000 practice guides to veterans and trained hundreds of teachers to work with people affected by severe trauma. 

In this 45-minute interview, we’ll cover:

  • The origin story: how the Mindful Yoga Therapy was started and what the early years were like
  • How the organization’s mission, work, and programs have evolved over the years
  • The vision: where the organization is going, and how it plans to get there

This interview will be hosted by Rob Schware, Executive Director of the Give Back Yoga Foundation.

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A Note on Seva (Service):

Many of our faculty donate their time and receive no compensation from course fees. The funds we raise through this platform go to support Give Back Yoga Foundation and its key initiatives:  mat donations, small grants, and not-for-profit yoga programs for people facing addiction, eating disorders, cancer, incarceration, and PTSD. Learn more about our work here.