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First Person: San Diego Nonprofit Brings Yoga To Those Trying To Rebuild Their Lives

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JoAnn Jaffe, the founder and CEO of OG Yoga, is pictured, June 13, 2017.

First Person: San Diego Nonprofit Brings Yoga To Those Trying To Rebuild Their Lives


JoAnn Jaffe, founder and CEO, OG Yoga


OG Yoga is a San Diego nonprofit that brings yoga to those who may not normally be exposed to the discipline. That can include those dealing with poverty, abuse, incarceration and PTSD.

JoAnn Jaffe is the founder and CEO of OG Yoga. She said yoga helps people to fully experience what is going on in their bodies in a physical, mental and spiritual sense.

"That's what OG Yoga is all about — it's inviting individuals to reconnect with their body because sometimes, many times, most of the time, people in deep trauma, that are storing trauma in their body have lost this connection," Jaffe said.

The International Day of Yoga is on Wednesday. The day aims to raise awareness of the benefits of yoga.

As part of our ongoing First Person series, Jaffe describes how yoga benefits those her nonprofit serves.

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