YOGA 4 CHANGE
KATHRYN THOMAS, FOUNDER
Kathryn Thomas, a former naval aviator, was told she’d never fly helicopters again after a 2012 accident during deployment aboard the USS Monterey left her with nerve damage and no feeling in one of her feet. To help her recover, her physical therapist recommended yoga. Thomas says stepping onto the yoga mat made her feel like she was enough—for the first time since her accident. In 2014, Thomas founded Yoga 4 Change (Y4C), a Florida-based organization that helps others heal from trauma by serving four specific populations: youth, military veterans, incarcerated individuals, and those in recovery. More than 80 Y4C facilities offering 6-week, 10-week, and opioid-specific programs exist throughout the state.