VYP Arizona

Reaching Veterans in the Copper State

Arizona is proudly home to 7 military bases and installations, all of which are quite large with around five to six thousand military personnel each.

Veterans made up 9.0% of the population of Arizona with 488,061 veterans living in the state in 2019. 

In-Person Classes & Upcoming Events

In-Person VYP Classes

Come join the VYP community in your local area. No classes or events near you? Check out our VYP Online Studio for live, online classes taught by VYP Teachers.
Our online classes are always free and wherever you are. 

Upcoming VYP Arizona Events

Join VYP as we create community, connections, and raise funds to support veterans, military families, and communities in our local area. 

Check back for upcoming events!

Donate to VYP Arizona

Your tax-deductible donation is stewarded by compassion to help reach our military and veteran communities in need. Your generosity helps us provide local veterans and military families with mind-body tools, training scholarships, classes, connections and resources.

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VYP Arizona Team

We could not do what we do without our amazing Field Teams. Please consider donating your time and talents by joining your local team!

Mark Ballinger, RYT 200
Arizona State Director | Arizona

Mark is a retired US Marine and engineer who survived a traumatic helicopter accident. He has been practicing yoga as part of his recovery since 2013. Yoga has helped him improve his flexibility, strength, and balance. He utilizes yoga, massage, and acupuncture to manage his chronic pain and takes little or no pain medication. He is passionate about giving back to the military community, especially those who served overseas, by teaching yoga classes by donation to veterans and their families. Mark’s style of teaching is simple and direct with terminology familiar to veterans. His classes are focused on breath and movement. He completed his RYT-200 training at the Yoga Therapy College in Tucson in June 2017 and the Veterans Yoga Project Mindful Resilience training in September 2017.

Maricopa County Area Manager

John Houston, RYT-500
Mesa, AZ

John served seven years of active duty in the Army as a cavalry scout.  He is an RYT-500 and has also completed 300 hours of training in the Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga protocol.  John presently facilitates yoga groups in acute care behavioral health hospitals in the Phoenix area.  John formerly practiced law as a public defender and worked in a local veterans court.  He is passionate about making mindfulness tools available to those participating in veterans courts as well as other treatment courts, such as drug courts and mental health courts.

Green Valley Area Manager

Karen K Baker, RYT-500
Green Valley, AZ

Karen completed her 200hr and 300hr Iyengar style yoga training in Berkeley, CA.  She is also a certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise, Pilates and Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery instructor.  Karen served as the Southern AZ Veterans Coordinator for Honor Flight for 4 years, sending vets on flights to Washington, DC to see their memorials.  Karen is not a vet but became involved with VYP as her way of “giving back” and showing gratitude to those who have sacrificed and served our country.  Karen is a former hospital Dietitian and her passion for fitness, good nutrition and health is exemplified in her lifestyle.  She loves to practice yoga and offers free yoga classes to vets in Green Valley, AZ.

Cochise County Area Manager

Carmen Chipe Benedict
Sierra Vista, AZ

Carmen Chipe Benedict came to the United States from her native Ecuador in 1966 and settled in New York before joining the United States Air Force, where she attained the rank of Tech Sergeant as a dental hygienist.  She is bilingual in Spanish and English.  She began her yoga career in 2007, received her 200 hours certification, and taught in Missouri.  Moving to Arizona in 2018, she added teacher training certificates in Meditation, MRT, and MBSR to her resume.  Carmen joined Veteran’s Yoga Project as a teacher and is currently a Veteran’s Affairs Yoga Instructor.  Carmen’s focus is to pass along her knowledge in these areas and to assist in the healing of our wounded veterans and their families.

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