YOGA 4 CHANGE

KATHRYN THOMAS, FOUNDER

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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.

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