VYP Deep South

Serving Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida

The VYP Deep South region proudly boasts everything from global cities like Atlanta to quaint Southern small towns. Georgia and Florida both rank in the top ten veteran populations by state, and there are a whopping 48 active military bases across these States.

Deep South Team

Winston "Cortez" Ward

Winston "Cortez" Ward
Deep South Regional Director | Tampa, FL

Born in Chicago, raised in upstate NY, with roots from Northern Louisiana, and as a minority, with African, Puerto Rican, & Native American Heritage, Cortez had very humble beginnings. Not from a place of security & nurturing, but from a place of struggle & tribulation. Joining the Military while still in high school, Cortez put in 100% effort into practicing trades, training vigorously, remaining resilient after damaging his body, and eventually accrued injuries in the line of duty. Returning home to those same humble beginnings, he found further hardship and financial burden. After years of hard work and finding his way to Yoga Cortez has since obtained his Associate Degree in Exercise Science and started a business in Holistic Health & Fitness.

“We must have Function Before Fitness”, Yoga is that function. The nature of yoga is remarkable because of the power it has to help people in its versatility. Yoga can incorporate sound, aroma, and physical therapy. Yoga aligns mind, body, and spirit through its universal style. Yoga is holistic, yoga is enlightenment, but most of all, yoga is yours.


GA State Coordinator

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GA Outreach Coordinator: 

GA Development Coordinator: 
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Columbus, GA and Fort Benning Area Manager: 
Sarah Burke, Contact Sarah 


MS State Coordinator

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MS Outreach Coordinator: 
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MS Development Coordinator: 
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AL State Coordinator

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Joe Froehlich
FL State Coordinator

Joe Froehlich, Florida State Coordinator

Joe is a retired police officer, and passionate about bringing yoga to veterans and first responders. Joe is a VYP Teacher’s Alliance member and the FL State Coordinator for the Deep South. 

FL Outreach Coordinator: 
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FL Development Coordinator: 
April Imani Smith, 

In-Person Classes & Upcoming Events

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. 

In-Person VYP Classes

Upcoming Deep South Events

Check back often for local events in the VYP Deep South region!

Donate to VYP Deep South Region

Your donation to Veterans Yoga Project means resiliency and recovery for veterans, military families, and our communities. Health and hope, new opportunities, connection to community, a life through healing. Your donation makes all this happen, and more.

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

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