What to do in the midst of a mental health epidemic??

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The United States is in the midst of a mental health crisis. According to “The State of Mental Health in America 2022” report, by Mental Health America, more than half of adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment, totaling 27 million U.S. adults. In addition, 4.58% of adults reported having serious thoughts of suicide. This rate has increased every year since 2012. While suicidal ideation has increased over the past decade, access to mental healthcare providers and care is at an all time low. Reasons cited for the discrepancy between need and access are the cost of treatment, lack of insurance, providers leaving the workforce and the stigma associated with mental illness.

“Yoga makes me feel calm and strong.”

While the statistics are alarming, there is hope. Yoga in Action classes support both physical and mental health, while removing barriers to access. Yoga helps improve flexibility, mobility and strength, and supports all systems of the body. The mental health benefits of yoga are even more impressive. Breathing, mindfulness and restorative practices, along with the community connection found in a group class, have a profound impact on our well-being. Whether using yoga alone or in conjunction with other therapies and treatments, practitioners report a reduction in symptoms of stress, depression & anxiety. Yoga also improves coping skills & builds resilience during times of adversity.

“Yoga healed my heart.”

Yoga in Action's mission is to ensure all people have access to the therapeutic benefits of yoga regardless of social, physical, and financial barriers. To this end, our classes are free to participants and many classes are offered at places our clients gather. Yoga in Action's trauma-informed classes are taught using culturally sensitive language & props geared to meet the needs of the unique populations we serve.

"Yoga saved my life."

We need your help. Giving Tuesday celebrates the power of human connection. Please donate to Yoga in Action so we can continue to teach tools for self-care and preservation so all people can find their way to happier and healthier lives. When you give to Yoga in Action, you give peace, tranquility and a sense of santosha or contentment to people in need. You may even save a life.

Your gift to Yoga in Action, in any amount, helps bring us closer to our vision that all people can connect, transform, heal and thrive through yoga.
Thank you.