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About Today’s Guest:

Dan is a founder and Executive Director of Veterans Yoga Project.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist and yoga teacher specializing in the mindful integration of evidence-based psychotherapies and complementary and alternative medicine practices for the treatment of PTS(D) and other psychological and emotional distress in active-duty military and veterans.

As a Postdoctoral Fellow with Yale University’s Department of Psychiatry and the VA’s Mental Illness Research and Education Clinical Center, Dan conducted research investigating the physiological correlates of mindfulness meditation as well as the first epidemiological investigation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in VA PTSD treatment programs. He is also former Director of Clinical Services for the Starlight Military Rehabilitation Program and has taught mindfulness and yoga to hundreds of veterans and active-duty service members.

Daniel is currently a psychologist at the Oakland Vet Center in Oakland, California, where he teaches several yoga and meditation classes weekly.  A graduate of the 200-hour Embodyoga® Teacher Training, Dan learned everything he ever needed to know at the Feathered Pipe Ranch, the renowned nonprofit educational foundation and yoga retreat center.

In this Episode, you will learn:

  • Daniel’s background and experience
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Using mindfulness to address psychological concerns
  • Phsyical changes to the brain due to mindfulness
  • Yoga as “mindful movement”
  • Stereotypes around yoga and how they are changing
  • Traumatic stress reaction as a disempowering experience and yoga as a re-empowering experience
  • Yoga and Vietnam Veterans
  • The Veterans Yoga Project
  • Trying multiple types of yoga

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Daniel’s Website

Veterans Yoga Project Website

Veterans Yoga Project on Social Media





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Duane K. L. France is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a mental health counselor practicing in the state of Colorado. Do you want to join the conversation regarding veteran mental health? Share, like, and comment. Read Duane's previous posts and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn. Keep the conversation about #veteranmentalhealth going.