The more I learn about chronic stress and trauma the more I see their tentacles everywhere, affecting school performance and dropout rates, crime, violence and public health. I see bringing yoga to youth as a revolutionary act.
This is an interview with Peg Oliveira, who has taught yoga for years in schools, detention centers, preschools, after-school programs and inpatient and outpatient mental health centers for youth and adults in and around New Haven, Conn.
This is an interview with John Morgan, an Army veteran in recovery from alcohol abuse. John's yoga service began on Veterans Day 2012 at a treatment center in eastern Connecticut for veterans, active duty personnel, and dependents.
This is an interview with Jacoby Ballard, who began teaching yoga in 2000, and has been teaching Queer and Trans Yoga and Yoga for all Genders since 2006 at both the Third Root Community Health Center and the New York City LGBT Community Center.
As defense spending cuts limit vital benefits for veterans and our country increasingly faces the issue of veteran homelessness, we offer this interview with Mark Francis-Mullen, who became a certified yoga teacher and taught yoga at the Denver VA Regional Medical Center while homeless.
"It's time to offer yoga electives in social work and other helping professional degree programs (for nurses, therapists, special educators, first responders, etc.). These professionals and their clients will benefit from an education in the foundational principles of yoga healing."
The gift of yoga is really the gift of ourselves. By meeting ourselves on our mats, we meet the world and our families from a more complete place, able to give our heart and soul to everyone we meet and everything we do.