Yoga and mindful practices have given us huge benefits, and we want to share this gift with those who really need it. Repeated studies have shown yoga and meditation reduce PTSD, depression, anxiety and other psychological conditions. Yoga is increasingly being used by western doctors to treat an array of issues with less cost and better results, and we want to help bring yoga to as many people as possible.
Dan Nevins quickly emerged as someone we wanted to work with. If you think coming back from a slam on concrete or getting caught inside on a big day is brutal, try Dan’s path. He lost his legs below the knees in Iraq and came home motivated. With prosthetic legs, he climbed mountains and rode his bike all over the world. He was an executive and led a team.
He “self-medicated with achievement,” as he put it. But when the magic of that wore off, dark thoughts wouldn’t leave him alone. He called a friend for help and she said, “Do yoga.” He said, “I’m a dude. I own guns and eat meat.” he bugged him, however, until he went. He couldn’t believe how hard it was. He went more. Dan experienced transformation, empowerment, and joy.
He found the physical practice was a gateway. It connected him to emotional, intellectual and spiritual levels of his being. Now deep into his practice, he shares the power of yoga with others, teaching and speaking to thousands each year around the globe. He helps veterans and non-veterans come together, heal and create in the positive. Apparently being tough-as-nails and living with compassion are two sides of the same coin.
Warrior Spirit Retreat is Dan’s vision for a non-profit organization that will empower warriors and their families with greater possibilities by providing them with new tools for healing from the invisible wounds of war. Set on an organic family farm in St. Augustine, Florida, the holistic retreat will offer a curriculum centered on yoga, mindfulness and meditation, and will be free of charge to veterans and their families.
According to Dan, based on his own experience, “there is nothing like working with animals, the earth and your hands to re-instill a sense of purpose that may have been lost once you are no longer able to wear a uniform in service to your country…We’re creating an amazing space for transformation and healing beyond any traditional modalities – not to mention a ton of fun.”
We give 5% of each sale to the creation of the Warrior Spirit Retreat, through their fiscal sponsor, the Baptiste Foundation. We want yoga to be there for as many wounded veterans as possible when they’re looking for a path to healing. This could be the difference between a veteran getting the help they need and not making it through another day.
When we support each other, it creates a path for our entire society to come together. Stuff like this is why we come to work everyday.