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The Yoga Pro Podcast

Feb 16, 2022

If you are a yoga professional you likely have had veterans come into your classes or practice. 

In this episode, Pamela Stokes Eggleston joins us to share special considerations when working with veterans, and specifically what you need to know about black veterans.

Pamela is the Founder and Director of Yoga2Sleep, Co-Founder of Retreat to Spirit, and is on the Yoga Therapy Clinic Faculty at the Maryland University of Integrative Health where she also received her Master of Science degree.  She is a certified HeartMath coach, a contributing editor of Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans, author, and researcher and so much more.


-Pamela’s yoga path

-Pamela’s connection to the veteran community

-She talks about how she was called to work with black veterans

-How veteran caregivers are affected by PTSD that veterans suffer from

-Why yoga professionals should use assessment tools such as the Promis with clients and programs

-Challenges that veterans face differently than the rest of the population (with special emphasis on black veterans’ challenges)

-Soul injury vs moral injury

-Commodifying of black bodies in the military

-Internalized trauma that black people face

-Walking in sovereignty

-Assumptions people make about (black) veterans and education

-The compounding traumatic nature of racism and intergenerational trauma

-Yoga practices that are helpful for veterans

-Practices that might be triggering for a veteran

-The dangers of performative yoga

-Why not everyone should be working with veterans

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Connect with Pamela Stokes Eggleston:


Yoga Therapy series for Black Veterans and Their Families - link:


Retreat to Spirit Mentoring link:


Pamela’s previous episode-Yoga for Insomnia


Promis Assessment Tool


Yoga Pro Podcast Episode that explains performative yoga


Connect with Pamela Crane:


Clubhouse and Greenroom:  @pamelacrane


Music:  The State of Things (The Bouncy Song) by Rena Wren is used with permission.