For people struggling to make ends meet, the opportunity to "relax" is highly valued. At Cross Roads House for the homeless in Portsmouth, a weekly, gentle yoga practice with mindful breathing and body awareness is offered to residents. The class is meant to accommodate anyone, including those with physical limitations. The typical class size is small, to provide necessary individual attention.
The comments and questions from residents show us the benefits of this class: "I didn't realize how shallow my breathing was;" "Could you explain more about how we can use these techniques away from yoga?" "My back loosened up."