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Mindful Warriors Program

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Emanuel ``Manny`` Salazar

Emanuel Salazar was born and raised in the Washington Heights area of New York City. In 1992 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served for 25 years on Active Duty and Reserves. During his time in the Marine Corps he was selected to serve with the world renowned United States Marine Corps Drill Team. After completing his initial enlistment Emanuel joined the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office where he served faithfully for 14 years as a detective and undercover officer in the Criminal Street Gangs Unit. During his years as reservist Emanuel was activated and served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Emanuel was having a difficult time transitioning back into his civilian career due to service connected injuries he suffered while on Active Duty. Emanuel discovered the life-changing power of yoga, which has enabled him to heal from his service connected injuries and invisible wounds of war in a way that nothing else could. He quickly became obsessed with his practice and realized he wanted to share the healing power of yoga with other veterans.

He has completed a 200 hour RYT training with Vetoga in trauma-informed yoga and mindful awareness practices. He has taken his practice and teaching back to his local community and has begun to work individually and in groups with at-risk youths, veterans, and victims of trauma. Emanuel is proudly embracing his new role as a healer, mentor, and leader in the healing arts.  One of his proudest post deployment achievements has been assisting veterans with their mental health needs. He has worked closely with local veteran leaders and organizations and has developed an integrative health and wellness retreat to help veterans suffering from PTSD and chronic illnesses.

Mental health claims the lives of approximately 22 Veterans a day and his goal is to save as many Veterans as possible. Every Veteran he can reach is a Veteran he can save! 

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Amy Rizzotto

Amy Rizzotto is a yoga instructor (E-RYT, MYT-30, Budokon Yoga – 30, Rocket Yoga – 50) certified nutrition coach, healthy living blogger and wellness entrepreneur. Amy has always had a knack for business and passion for work-life balance. A practicing yogi herself for 13 years and outdoor exercise enthusiast all her life, Amy turned her healthy hobbies into a full-time career at the end of 2013 after years in global philanthropy, international development, and fundraising.

Amy incorporates a variety of styles into her creative classes and one-on-ones, including Rocket, Power Vinyasa, Yoga for Athletes and Budokon. Students can expect powerful and therapeutic poses linked thoughtfully in sequences designed to strengthen the body, steady the mind and uplift the spirit. Amy is certified in Power Vinyasa Yoga, Mindful Yoga Therapy for PTSD, Budokon and Rocket Yoga and has over 2,000 teaching hours under her belt.

After years of struggling with anxiety and knowing first-hand that yoga and mindfulness are her chosen, and most powerful means for coping with its effects, Amy is committed to sharing the therapeutic side of yoga, meditation, and pranayama with her students. Along with Emanuel Salazar, she has developed an integrated health and wellness retreat to help veterans suffering from PTSD and chronic illnesses. She has also adapted the Veteran Yoga Project’s 12-week Mindful Yoga Therapy program, guiding students struggling with anxiety, depression, chronic stress and PTSD in one-on-one and group settings through this powerful journey of healing and regaining confidence.

As a wellness coach and yoga instructor, Amy is dedicated to creating a synergy of movement, awakened eating and mindfulness for whole body and mind wellness. Her ultimate goal is to support and equip people as they discover their own unique path to long-term health and happiness.

Do you struggle with PTS(D)? Are you chronically stressed, anxious, unmotivated, down on yourself, depleted or overwhelmed?

Amy’s adapted Mindful Yoga Therapy Program is an evidence-informed series designed to help those recovering from psychological trauma and difficulties. Over 10 weeks, participants will experience the power of movement, meditation, breathing exercises and yogic thought practices as a complementary, holistic coping mechanism to any ongoing therapy modalities and/or prescribed medications. It is not a replacement for medical attention. Join others in a supportive community and safe space where you’ll learn how to get out of your head and into your body.

The personal investment is $175 for Yoga Heights members; $200 for non-members. Space is limited to ensure a safe and comfortable space.

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