meet susan. Army National Guard Soldier for 30 years with active duties in Germany and Bosnia - and faithful adaptive yoga student.
Susan Rasmussen figured she would give yoga a try, after a friend told her about classes at the St. Paul Veteran Center.
women [in the class] and Mary Pat [the yoga teacher], I always leave feeling better that day and the subsequent days.”
Among the reasons for coming to that first yoga class, she hoped to find some physical relief, particularly from rheumatoid arthritis. Two years later and Susan reports that yoga helps her feel better physically, plus she has found a group of friends that she looks forward to seeing each week.
Connecting with other veterans is important to Susan and she appreciates having what she refers to as her “little family” to share a yoga practice with each week.
“Even if I wake up feeling sore or grumpy, after talking to the other
In this safe and supportive space, the women are able to connect through stories and experiences while they practice yoga together.
When she’s not at class, Susan explains that she continues to use techniques she has learned at yoga, particularly to help calm her nerves and bring her back to the present. Between feeling better and the benefit of being part of a community, Susan says, “[Yoga] has helped me want to get out of bed in the morning.”
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