When we think of yoga, we usually conjure up someone walking down the street, their yoga mat over their shoulder, being able to attend a class without any barriers or restrictions, in an area that is (generally) free of violence or risk of attack.
Often we read of how yoga has helped someone through depression; how great it can be for women prepare for birth when pregnant and even as a form of rehabilitation following brain tumour surgery.
We are less likely to consider, or even pair yoga and war within the same sentence. In fact, until reading this, can you remember the last time, if at all, you put the two words together?
Yoga is being increasingly used for veterans returning from war zones as an additional approach to easing PTSD and the many consequences of that. You can read more of this here
How about yoga in a war zone? Hard to imagine isn’t it?Â This is why this article stood out for me. How yoga is being offered in Ramallah, Palestine.
The many gifts of yoga bring a senseÂ of hope, calm and peace to those who attend – irrespective of their religion, race or gender.
Yoga without boundaries.
These offerings are then taken by those who attend and are extended to all they come into contact with. Surely these are the stories we need to be reading more of?
You can read the full story here on the wonderful site: Sutra Journal
This kind of initiative brings me hope that the gifts of yoga can be appreciated by more and more and not just those who view it as the latest accessory in their lives.
Photo credit: www.sutrajournal.com