Namaste Noir: Yoga Co-Op Seeks to Diversify Yoga to Heal Racialized Trauma

DENVER — Beverly Grant spent years juggling many roles before yoga helped her restore her balance.

When not doting over her three children, she hosted her public affairs talk radio show, attended community meetings or handed out cups of juice at her roving Mo’ Betta Green MarketPlace farmers market, which has brought local, fresh foods and produce to this city’s food deserts for more than a decade.

Her busy schedule came to an abrupt halt on July 1, 2018, when her youngest son, Reese, 17, was fatally stabbed outside a Denver restaurant. He’d just graduated from high school and was weeks from starting at the University of Northern Colorado.

“It’s literally a shock to your system,” Grant, 58, said of the grief that flooded her. “You feel physical pain and it affects your conscious and unconscious functioning. Your ability to breathe is impaired. Focus and concentration are sporadic at best.

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Colorado, Like Other States, Trims Health Programs Amid Health Crisis

As a teenager, Paulina Castle struggled for years with suicidal thoughts. When her mental health was at its most fragile, she would isolate herself, spending days in her room alone.

“That’s the exact thing that makes you feel significantly worse,” the 26-year-old Denver woman said. “It creates a cycle where you’re constantly getting dug into a deeper hole.”

Part of her recovery involved forcing herself to leave her room to socialize or to exercise outside. But the COVID-19 pandemic has made all of that much harder. Instead of interacting with people on the street in her job as a political canvasser, she is working at home on the phone. And with social distancing rules in place, she has fewer opportunities to meet with friends.

“Since the virus started,” she said, “it’s been a lot easier to fall back into that cycle.”

Between the challenges of the pandemic, the social unrest

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Las muertes ocultas de la pandemia de COVID

BROOMFIELD, Colorado. – En apariencia, Sara Wittner había retomado el control de su vida. Después de una recaída en diciembre en su lucha contra la drogadicción, la joven de 32 años completó un programa de desintoxicación de 30 días y comenzó a aplicarse una inyección mensual para inhibir su deseo de consumir opioides.

Estaba comprometida para casarse, iba a trabajar para una asociación de salud local y asesorar a otros sobre adicciones.

Hasta que llegó la pandemia de COVID-19.

De un día para otro, el virus derrumbó la red de contención y apoyo que había construido cuidadosamente a su alrededor: no más reuniones en persona de Narcóticos Anónimos, no más charlas de café con un amigo o con su patrocinador.

A medida que los pacientes con el coronavirus colmaban hospitales y clínicas, su cita para recibir la siguiente inyección mensual se empezó a retrasar de 30 a 45 días.


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