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How yoga is helping Israelis heal from the October 7 massacre

Maccabi World Union assists communities affected by the war, survivors of the Supernova festival, and shell-shocked soldiers.

Soldiers returning from the front often find it difficult to readjust to normal life. Following past wars, they just had to grit their teeth and ignore their traumas, sometimes at an incalculable psychological cost. But now there are treatment options, such as the ancient Eastern mind-body discipline known as yoga.

“After October 7, we immediately realized the need to help people recover from the shock they’d been through,” says yoga teacher Neta Margalith of the Brothers in Yoga nonprofit organization. “Our teachers went out to conduct informal yoga sessions on army bases, and we held hourly classes via Zoom.”

They soon realized the need for a permanent site for conducting workshops.


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