Anuradha Bhagwati, the first South Asian woman officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, is now out of a former Marine and a writer in Brooklyn. She is also doing something unique: Teaching yoga to military veterans in NYC. Details about the course below.
Asked why yoga would benefit veterans, she told SAJAforum:
The military doesn't teach you how to stand on your feet and deal with the world after you're out. a lot of veterans carry the weight of their time in service with them. They wear the stress and anxiety in their bodies, on their faces, even in their voices. Yoga helps by teaching them to breathe all over again, to listen to stuff that's happening inside the body and not to ignore it--or fight it--like you are trained to do in uniform. The vets are so calm and relaxed after yoga, It's like layers of chaos and worry have literally disappeared.
If you know veterans in the city, please let them know about the details below. Journalists interested in contacted Bhagwati can write to anukristina[at]yahoo.com.
YOGA FOR VETERANS
Taught by a veteran, these beginning classes are designed to reduce stress and anxiety. Classes include gentle and therapeutic yoga poses, breathing techniques, guided relaxation and meditation. No flexibility or prior experience with yoga is necessary! We can work with injuries—please call if you have any questions. The teacher is a former Marine and close combat instructor trainer.
THURSDAY EVENINGS: JANUARY 8TH – FEBRUARY 26TH
ONLY $5 per CLASS at
INTEGRAL YOGA INSTITUTE, 227 West 13th St btw 7th Ave & 8th Ave
To register, call the Integral Yoga Institute (IYI) at 212-929-0586 ext 0
IYI offers discounts for Veterans on all classes, workshops, and bookstore items; more info at www.iyiny.org
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