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Nicole Taylor is a Métis woman and the daughter of Region Two Captain of the Hunt Ken Simard. She was trained in the
For 10 years, Nicole Taylor has seen the positive effects yoga has on the human body, and now, being the only Yoga Warriors instructor in the country, she's preparing to see how it affects the mind.
"People get prescribed all kinds of things,"
The program was initiated at the Worchester Vet Centre in
"In the States, I could not believe the huge movement behind this; just about every (military) base has a Yoga Warriors class," she said. "It's been a lot of work, but now it's starting to take flight."
"The goal is not to bend yourself into a pretzel. It's more passive yoga with stretching,"
Veterans from the Gulf War,
"I said that I was from
"She (the trainer) said they would like me to come back in the winter time to train to be a trainer and to get it (the class) going right across
"It would be so great for first-responders like firefighters who go into burning buildings or police officers with trauma," she said. "I've opened the Yoga Warriors program to soldiers, past and present, police, fire and
"There's a whole science behind it. It is primarily for past and present serving vets," she said. "Basically they're all high-stress areas. They're all dealing with a lot of the same issues."
The program's goal is to relieve war-related stress, and developers of the class removed the term "surrender to the mat" because the word 'surrender' may act as a trigger of PTSD.
"Even the lingo this program has developed is amazing,"
Although the class will offer three free sessions to start and it may not be as intense as other classes,
"When I get soldiers in my class — and they're fit — they find they can let go, but see that yoga isn't that easy," she said.