How Yoga Helps native communities


Obesity/ Diabetes

Yoga is a cardiovascular activity that burns fats and helps speed up metabolism.  It builds and tones muscles.  It can also help heal existing injuries and strengthen existing weakness.  The postures stimulate the endocrine and immune system.

Yoga practice is useful in the management of various lifestyle diseases, including type 2 diabetes. Psycho-neuro-endocrine and immune mechanisms are involved in the beneficial effects of yoga on diabetes. Incorporation of yoga practice in daily life helps to attain glycemic control and reduces the risk of complications in people with diabetes.

Spiritual Health

Yoga can help you work through psychological changes, emotional stress, and connect with a higher power as well. The word yoga translates to union and when practiced correctly, the mind, body, and spirit of a person can become aligned and well.  This can create a clear pathway to re-engage in spiritual practices and re-establish a strong relationship with The Creator.

Depression/ Mental Health

Endorphins, GABA, serotonin, and dopamine, are hormones that are released when you practice yoga; similarly to oxytocin, these hormones play an important role is managing physical pain and negative emotions.


Yoga poses and breathing techniques support the .unique needs of those suffering from PTSD and childhood trauma.   Post­-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma Brain Injury affect the body and the mind, Yoga can be an integral part of a trauma-­sensitive therapy plan

Addiction/ Recovery

As part of a holistic recovery program, yoga works in tandem with traditional treatment to address the physical, mental and spiritual disease of addiction. 

The characteristics and effects of addiction could easily be described as separation. Addictive behaviors disconnect us from ourselves, our loved ones, our environment and so much more.

Conversely, yoga itself means union, integration, balance. Yoga and its practices teach the fine art of balancing our multidimensional lives while living in a complex world.

Yoga in recovery is a holistic model to address the physical, mental and spiritual dis-ease of addiction with under-resourced communities where addiction recovery treatment is not readily available. 

Cognitive/ Focus

Yoga and mindfulness have been shown to improve both physical and mental health in school-age children. Yoga improves balance, strength, endurance, and aerobic capacity in children. Yoga and mindfulness offer psychological benefits for children as well. A growing body of research has already shown that yoga can improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, and classroom behavior, and can even reduce anxiety and stress in children.

Emerging research studies also suggest that yoga can help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by improving the core symptoms of ADHD, including inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It can also boost school performance in children with ADHD. A growing number of schools now integrate yoga and mindfulness into physical education programs or classroom curriculums, and many yoga studios offer classes for school-age children.