Veronica Ashley-Reid—owner of Autonomous Growth and creator of Purposed Yoga—continuously designs the freedom she speaks about in her books for herself and others. For nearly 10 years, she served in the Army as a Chaplain Assistant, primarily servicing her units as a sexual assault victim advocate and equal opportunity representative. After leaving the military, learning to live more freely became one of her greatest goals. Along her journey, she began practicing yoga to better understand her physical, mental, and emotional demilitarization process. After struggling to adjust as a civilian, she began her journey to her true self, seeking an inner and outer body connection. Realizing the need in the community for healing and growing approaches that did not involve medication or exile, she ventured into the world of holistic wellness by acquiring training and certification in yoga (including practices with a PTSD focus) nutrition, and fitness.