Monday, August 10 to Tuesday, September 8.

Find more information about the Hope For The Warriors Mindfulness Challenge here.

This challenge focuses on the mind-body aspect of wellness including yoga, breathwork, mindfulness, journaling, and other aspects of mental well-being. We’ll present daily exercises in a format that helps you to build healthy habits and create a sustainable practice. The content will progress over the course of the event, beginning with 5-minute daily sessions and working toward 30 minutes of mindfulness at the culmination of the 30-day challenge.

Our journey will take us to September 11, a day that warrants all Americans to stop and mindfully remember how the lives of our neighbors and our country were forever changed. Every day, HOPE serves those who answered the call to defend our country after that fateful day.

Meet our Mindfulness Challenge Presenters

Brianna Renner_Veterans Yoga ProjectVeterans Yoga Project teaches self-regulation skills, and its Mindful Resilience/Mindful Yoga Therapy Program consists of five tools: breath, meditation, mindful movement, guided rest and gratitude. These practices are adapted and delivered to maximize their ability to undo the nervous system dysfunctions that underlie symptoms of stress-related conditions.

Veteran Yoga Project Director of Programs Brianna Renner is leading sessions within the Mindfulness Challenge. A New Hampshire native, Brianna served five years in the Marine Corps as an avionics technician at both MCAS Miramar in San Diego, and MCAS Iwakuni in Iwakuni Japan.  She is a perpetual student; using her GI Bill, she obtained her A.S in Engineering and a B.S. in Technical Writing/Mathematics/Technology.  More recently, Brianna became a graduate of  Soma Yoga Institute’s 300-hour advanced teacher training and Discovery Yoga’s 200-hour Kripalu teacher training. Brianna combines 20 years of dance training and her military background to create a safe, nurturing and mindful practice. She is a co-founder of Namaste Newport and teaches at the VA Facility in White River Junction, VT.

Suset LaboySuset Laboy is the founder of A Little Awareness, where she advocates for us to Stop. Quit the hustle. A little awareness at a time. Ivy League educated with a Ph.D. in the Social Sciences, Suset works with ambitious people whose enthusiasm has led them to success, but also burnout and overwhelm. She helps them quit the hustle mindset and bring ease into their life — a small step at a time.

Chase-SterlingChase Sterling is the founder of HHP Cultures, whose mission is to improve the world by improving workplaces. Her work helps people live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Chase has worked in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years and has an education background in Exercise Science and Organizational Psychology. She is also an Army veteran, having served honorably for 7 years.

J. JarrettJennifer Jarrett offers a sweet, sweaty and soulful vinyasa flow. Her classes are an open invitation to move and breathe from a place of gratitude and love and to connect to body, breath, emotions and heart. She believes strongly in the power of yoga in helping us to remember who we really are so that we can begin to show up as that light for ourselves and for the world. Jennifer teaches Bhakti Flow (the yoga of love and devotion) classes, workshops and serves as guest faculty to teacher trainings around the country. She has been teaching since 2007 and is grateful to have been influenced by many teachers, while having trained most extensively with Rusty Wells and Saul David Raye. It is through the very wisdom of the teachings and the profound influence of her teachers that Jennifer shares this ancient wisdom in an applicable and accessible way, guiding practitioners to connect with their body, breath, emotions, and the ever-expanding heart of love in the folds of a challenging yet balanced vinyasa practice.

Tricia WinkloskyTricia Winklosky has taught resilience practices and provided resilience courses to active duty service members, veterans and military families for over 10 years. Tricia is the Senior Director of Clinical Health & Wellness at Hope For The Warriors. She, along with the HOPE social work team, piloted and developed the first virtual Resilient Warrior and Resilient Family/Caregiver offering to veterans and military family members in 2018. The team has provided resilience training to 120 veterans, military spouses and caregivers.

Much of the content of the Mindfulness Challenge stems from the work Tricia’s team does with military families and the warrior community within HOPE’s program and service offerings.

Based on her experience in military resilience work and mental health practice, Tricia has built the Resilient American foundational course. A component of Hope For The Warriors Resilient Nation menu of services, Resilient American teaches companies and their workers how to find strength amid change.

Tricia knows a thing or two about change. She’s a Marine veteran spouse who served 21 years as a military family. She and her three children navigated 13 moves, eight duty stations and four deployments in service to our country.

Ashley Lorenzo is an Atlanta-based yoga teacher who leads retreats and workshops internationally. Her classes combine the physical and spiritual aspects of the yoga tradition. She employs a mix of alignment-based asana, meditation and breath work to cultivate greater awareness in the physical body and beyond. Always a student of the practice, Ashley teaches yoga to share what she knows and believes to work. The physical practice is just an entry point to the ancient teachings of yoga, but it helps us remember that our actions, thoughts and the way we show up in the world matters.

Ashley Fallon is a certified yoga instructor who lives and surfs in NYC. Grateful to have grown up just steps from the ocean, her love-affair with the sea translates into her yoga practice. Like ocean waves, she teaches flowing movements linking breath and body. Specializing in vinyasa yoga for surfers, Ashley’s classes help to prepare for and recover from the dynamic movements of wave riding. Ashley completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with OmFactory NYC, and is an Adaptive Surf Instructor with the Association of Amputee Surfers (AmpSurf). Find her on Instagram: @ashleyfallonyoga

Hear from our CEO Robin Kelleher and other HOPE team members on how to make the most of your challenge experience in our kick-off Mat Chat.