Stretch the mind: Laughter yoga helps veterans heal


The article talks of one of the programs by Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-GNY) designed to help veterans – Laughing Yoga, a special class facilitated by VOA-GNY volunteer, Jeannette Watson Sanger. She herself had a brother-in-law killed in the VN war, so teaching this class is her way of giving back. VOA-GNY is the largest provider of residential services for veterans in NYC.
Overall, the bi-monthly yoga class which started in September,has been received positively mainly because the veteran participants have reported significant positive changes in them. As Sanger says β€œit fosters happiness and clears negativity.”


Truly Laughter is the Best Medicine, so this class must really be doing great wonders for the veterans who have joined. I admire the enthusiasm and dedication of Ms. Sanger in her work with the veterans- her picture shows sincerity beaming on her face. Hope that this kind of program be replicated in as many places, not only in the state of NY, but in other states as well. Perhaps some of the vets who've participated in may start their own group to create a ripple effect around the US. Kudos to the VOA-GNY for not just providing housing needs but psychological support as well to veterans. Priceless work!

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