Yoga Teacher, Veterans Yoga Project
From Derek: "Hi my name is Derek Dimond I am an active duty retired Army paratrooper. I am an Iraq war veteran and numerous other deployments during my time in the Army. I've also been teaching yoga since 2018 for the veteran yoga project. I became a yoga teacher to teach yoga to veterans. I do not teach anybody else besides an occasional civilian or family member. I love teaching yoga to veterans because I believe I am giving back what was given to me through yoga. I believe I can’t keep something if I'm not willing to give it away to another soldier.
What I try to give away by teaching veterans yoga is how to use breath as a tool. A tool to live a life not being controlled by emotional state but by using breathing. As a side bonus yoga also helps a veteran's body hurt a lot less and gives a veteran's mind a chance to relax and be free for one hour."