HILLIARD, Ohio — In honor of Veterans Day, J&J Movement Factory in Hilliard offered a free yoga session for veterans Sunday. The class was led by Navy Gulf War veteran and certified yoga instructor, Melanie Ross.
"So many people think yoga is about being flexible but really yoga is breathing,” said Ross.
Ross found her passion for yoga after serving in the Navy. She suffers from PTSD and has found that yoga has helped her tremendously. She was certified to become a yoga instructor less than a year ago.
"I am a Navy veteran,” said Ross. “I served in the first Gulf War. I spent just short of two years in Bahrain in harbor patrol. Which is the military police."
When Ross returned to the U.S. after her service, she said the transition was difficult.
"I do suffer from PTSD,” said Ross. “And again, that is one of the reasons I am so passionate about this."
The key to her healing came in the form of yoga. Now, she tries to help others who served by teaching a yoga class geared for veterans.
"You feel that connection when you have another veteran teaching the class, who kind of understands what the military was about,” said U.S. Army veteran Becky Diess.
For Ross, it doesn't matter how big the class, for her -- it's how big the impact.
"If I have helped one person out then I have done my job,” said Ross.
Ross wants to continue to share yoga with more veterans, especially those who may also suffer from PTSD. She is expected to have more yoga classes for veterans at J&J Movement Factory.