- Published: Thursday, 23 June 2016 19:19
Carol, a Living Yoga volunteer teacher, shares her insight teaching at the Veterans Recovery House:
Volunteering at the Veterans Recovery House in Vancouver over the past year has been a very rewarding and valuable aspect of my own yoga practice.
The Veterans Recovery House has a rotating population. Typically we will only see students for about three months. I have seen men, within the context of our class, looking frail, afraid, and tired change to encouraged, strong and ready to move. I have also seen anger be replaced with focused attention and a strong easy breath. It is truly amazing to see the changes that a simple practice can have on people.
The students at the Veterans Recovery House live in very challenged bodies. They are in recovery from drugs and alcohol. Many have the addition of recovering from injury, illness, or PTSD. It is not uncommon for us to hear someone say “I had a stroke last week” or “look what happened to my leg when a road side bomb went off.” Or “I lost everything, I hate everything,” I have seen these students stay with their practice for the whole duration of their treatment, which is an amazing testament to the power of yoga.