Domestic violence survivors often struggle with clinical depression, anxiety and, in some cases, post-traumatic stress syndrome. To help reduce the effects of these conditions, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation offers regular yoga classes to women at the Peaceful Oasis Shelter domestic violence shelter.
Led by a certified yoga instructor, who is also a licensed professional counselor, these yoga classes uniquely combine power yoga with group therapy. Body movement, breathing and meditation techniques clear away physical stress, while guided imagery and visualization exercises help survivors find their strength. In this unique form of yoga, each posture represents a conflict in their lives.
By incorporating these techniques into their daily lives, survivors are able to overcome the challenges of depression and anxiety as well as balance energy and mood. The rewards of yoga – physical strength combined with self-acceptance and discipline – help them regain a sense of wellness in mind, body and spirit.