I make it a part of my daily routine…
I participated in the Total Me Zone yoga program at the Cov. At first I didn’t like it, but now I make it a part of my daily routine. It really helps me start the day, remain focused, and relax at the end of a stressful day.
- Covenant House Participant
Sunshine finds peace of mind through Meditation
At the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA) in Detroit, we support veterans who are suffering from trauma due to their service. These courageous individuals sacrificed for us and their country. Sunshine found our free program for veterans suffering from trauma at the VA. She feels calmer, less anxious and better able to focus, and her progress keeps her coming back. For Joan, yoga is survival training for mind, body and soul.
“I have found at times of physical and emotional stress, I am able to lay in 'rest pose' and relax. This is far better than taking a pill.”
Learning to trust oneself and others…
Vista Maria is a residential foster care facility for traumatized at girls located in Dearborn Heights. I have been teaching yoga to the girls since July 2018.
During our first class, I asked the girls to close their eyes. One young lady asked, “Will I get punched in the face?” Can you imagine the traumatic experiences that child has had to allow her to utter those words? Since the program has begun, the girls’ self-esteem, respect for one another and communication has noticeably improved.
-Julie August, Instructor
Finally able to sleep…
"As a victim of torture and persecution, I wake up nightly with nightmares and flashbacks. The visualization and breathing techniques I practice weekly in yoga class are the only way I can calm myself, clear my mind and go back to sleep. My depression and guilt have lessened and I am now able to focus on becoming an American citizen: giving back to this amazing country which has saved my life.” ~ Issa