Charlottesville’s FlyDog Yoga is the winner of the September Friends of Freedom award from The Freedom Fund, a local philanthropy organization.

Each month, the fund’s board of directors chooses an award winner to be featured on Winners receive a trophy and often a supplementary monetary award.

FlyDog Yoga offers a standing discount for military service members, veterans and first responders. For veterans, it also offers free weekly classes and full scholarships to the center’s yoga teacher training program.

Brad Whitman, co-owner and operator of the studio, is a veteran who served a decade in active duty with the U.S. Army, including several tours of duty in Iraq. He also served another decade in the Army National Guard.

The Freedom Fund’s mission is to express gratitude for and improve the lives of military members, first responders and their families. The group also raises funds and visibility for tax-exempt organizations that promote those goals.

Nominations for the award may be sent to

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