A Beginner Finds Empowerment and Peace at the SSO Yogathon
The first time Vivek Ramakrishnan ever did yoga was at the Peace of Minds Yogathon
in Oakville. “My mother, who was an SSO board member, would regularly speak at the Yogathon," he says. "One year, I decided to go with her and took part in the classes for the first time."
Vivek didn’t know what to expect when he arrived but the atmosphere was welcoming and it didn’t matter that he was a beginner, all experience levels were welcome. Most of all, he had fun. “I enjoyed it so much. I ended up staying for most of the day, participating in so many different yoga classes,” he says. “It’s an empowering event. Not only are you helping support programs and services for people living with mental illness, you’re doing an activity that is good for you.”
Today, Vivek practices yoga at home. Living with schizophrenia and anxiety, yoga is another tool he can use to cope with symptoms, therefore taking his recovery in to his own hands. “I find that yoga calms me, it improves my mood while taking my mind off myself which is important for a distracted mind like mine,” he says. “For beginners like me, the Yogathon was a great introduction yoga, which has turned in to something I’ve incorporated in to my daily life.”
Register for the 2017 Peace of Minds Yogathon here