“I feel relaxed. I feel like I’m floating over the clouds. I feel like I’m traveling.” — Majeda, Yoga Participant at CRP
Collateral Repair Project partnered with The Yoga Mandala Project to begin yoga for men, women, and kids. Since the beginning, it has proved a popular staple of our curriculum. The Yoga Mandala Project sent experts to train members of the local community as well as expat volunteers in trauma-sensitive yoga techniques. These trainees now lead the program and classes and pass their knowledge on to others who are then able to lead their own classes or go home and teach the exercises to their families.
Yoga helps with both physical and emotional wellbeing, teaching mindfulness, and encourages setting aside a time for stress relief and relaxation. For people struggling with PTSD, this safe and guided opportunity to relax can be invaluable. Many of our community members suffer from nightmares, breathing difficulties, and have trouble distracting themselves from their current problems or the lingering trauma of fleeing war. At yoga, these people learn to regulate their breathing, practice meditative thought, and find peace within themselves.