The Viva Standing Foundation

About The Foundation:

The Foremost Goal of Jo Standing's Foundation is to ensure that every Big-T trauma survivor, caused by rape or war, is provided unlimited support. Our compassionate and holistic approach to aiding the recovery of survivors reaches beyond gender, choice of religion, ethnicity, income, and other identifying factors. We know Big-T traumatic events cause an internal experience marked by isolation, crippled self-esteem and self-confidence, anxiety, depression, bouts of rage, and insomnia. Our work improves the day to day functioning of the lives of those American citizens who are dealing with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder also recognized as PTSD.

Our Methods of Holistic Treatment Include but are not limited to: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Forms of Meditation, Dietary Support, Self-Defense lessons, Creative Self Expression, Anger Management, Hypnosis, Mind and Brain Renewal Techniques, Coaching Sessions via telephone,, and in-person. Jo Standing and the contributors to the foundation are honored to be a part of the strengthening of the backbone of the resilient trauma survivor. The Viva Standing Foundation is a government recognized 501(c)3 non-profit in the United States of America.

The Viva Standing Foundation was founded in 2013 with the idea that trauma survivors need a hand up, not a hand out. Our supporters believe the following: There is no panacea, or cure-all, for overcoming the effects of trauma, also known as P.T.S.D. It takes a collection of resources, healing methods, time and community. Trauma can and does happen in more people's lives than not and our society can only remain to be healthy if we care for and uplift those most affected by tragedy. Trauma survivors cannot heal if repeating the same old story, no matter how great, over and over, again. Only updated thoughts and personal feelings about both the self and world and a revitalized healthy body can return wellness to the survivor.

Traumatic life experiences are not something to shove into the dark and wish they did not happen. Both love for, and acceptance of, one's experiences is possible, no matter how shocking or daunting they might be at the present moment. The Viva Standing Foundation supports the recovery process after the traumatic life experiences of both rape and war. Our well-being services neutralize and rectify the challenging experience of post-trauma so that the survivor may return to wellness and begin to thrive in daily life.


Our Board:


Board Director    

Jo Standing is a world traveler, former Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute New York City attendee, the author of Conquer Trauma Drama: Get Your Life Back and Conquer Trauma Drama: Breakthrough Curriculum and is a certified professional coach through Rhodes Wellness College of Vancouver, Canada. The 7-month full time training concluded by her accepting the assignment of leading a Trust, Risk, Fear training to newly released prison inmates. Jo has led classes for over a decade in the USA and Canada. She now speaks to audiences on the topic of the Power of PTSD as well as the cultivation of life resilience. So far, she has spoken at The Harvard Faculty Club and The Mental Health Coalition. She is a current student of Dr. Karyne Wilner 2-Year Core Vibrations Academy training. Look for her upcoming 2019 book The Power of PTSD: Empowered Through Pain. Jo is not married.

Board Advisor    

Ren Jones is the CEO of Kai Data, LLC. He has spent several years in the real estate industry. He operated one of the most successful real estate teams in the country ranking in the top 1% of real estate agents. As a real estate coach he completed over 47,000 coaching calls with some of the best in the business. He created real estate software solutions that are used by a large part of the industry today. Ren lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Board Treasurer  

Anne-Steffen Russo is an internationally known alternative therapist, medical intuitive, and author of Answers For Sensitive People. Anne is happily married with three children.

Board Secretary 

Elizabeth Wood is a psychology graduate of The University of Cincinnati and a present day studying Gemologist. She lives with her husband and two cats.


Our Initiative (2016-2020)

Our Vet Community's efforts began in 2016 on the island of Oahu. Jo began giving away free copies of her book to Active Duty military members. The feedback she received was so encouraging and positive that she decided her ability to be of support was greater than she had realized. The heart of the Our Vet Community is providing self-knowledge tools in an entertaining format for our troops and vets. Our shared self-knowledge awarenesses and tools promote inner-wellness for our country's mighty warriors. Yoga, Meditation and many other holistic tools are the cornerstone of the movement. These holistic tools can be and often are sky high in price and make it difficult for many to include in their health plan because of cost. Jo applies her sense of humor and straight forwardness to offer support and insight into the personal journey each survivor of Big-T trauma deserves.



Ways You Can Get Involved:


TELL  people about the Viva Standing Foundation's core mission to assist the full recovery of rape and war survivors to make sure that no survivor is left uncared for in the wake of Big-T trauma.

ENCOURAGE  friends and family members to donate. This helps us continue to give free internet based yoga and meditation and self-empowerment lessons, including free teaching materials in the form of podcasts, media, and e-books.

HOST  a fundraising event in your area at a local community center, friend's home, or workplace where Jo will come to speak to your attendees. If you are a wellness class facilitator Jo is happy to co-lead or lead a class to increase support and attendance of the event!

LEAD  a free support class either online or offline with materials provided to you by the Viva Standing Foundation, including The Breakthrough Curriculum.

START  planning to support us with our Walk & Talk Marathon to be held in Fall 2018 in support of current initiative Our Vet Community!

JOIN  Are you a thought leader, author, speaker and/or coach? If yes, lend a recorded video class, book chapter if you're a writer, or audio, to our foundation to be shared with our troops and veterans in transition.

SPONSOR  Be a part of the cause to restore health within rape and war survivors in need of a hand up, not a hand out. When you sponsor The VSF's current initiative, Our Vet Community, in any way that you can you are supporting the bringing of love, light, and laughter to our country's troops and veterans! Send any collaborative ideas to Jo via message here at this website!

DONATE  anything you can to our current initiative Our Vet Community. Jo and our contributors are working everyday to improve the lives of our veterans and active duty troops by highlighting and instructing the use of self-management, and self-regulation tools and techniques. No one should survive trauma without support, especially Our Warriors! Now you can donate anywhere from $5 and up.