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How Yoga Is Helping Sexual Assault Survivors Heal


Here's more proof that yoga can be a powerful practice.

After being sexually assaulted as a senior in college, Zabie Yamasaki turned to the exercise as a supplement to professional treatment. She soon discovered that not only does the practice have incredible mind-body health benefits, it also helped her reconnect with her own body.

She then decided to introduce her passion for yoga to other sexual assault survivors in order to help them with their own healing.

"Not every survivor will heal in the same way, and we have to deeply know and understand that in order to create these multiple pathways ... for survivors to heal," Yamasaki told NBC News.

"Yoga is the one thing [I] have [where] it's not about what anyone else needs to tell me or needs to give me," Yamasaki said. "It's about what I can do within myself to make myself feel better."

Take a look at the NBC News clip above for more on Yamasaki's story and how yoga can help people find peace.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-656-HOPE for the National Sexual Assault Hotline.

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