REACHING OUT: Jess Jasch is a local yoga instructor who assists veterans through yoga, which she says helps them physically, as well as with aspects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and depression.
REACHING OUT: Jess Jasch is a local yoga instructor who assists veterans through yoga, which she says helps them physically, as well as with aspects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and depression. Amber Hooker

Yoga instructor's pledge to help veterans

A YEARN to help veterans and emergency service personnel runs deep for yoga instructor Jess Jasch.

The Maroochydore-based woman teaches her craft to those who have returned or remain on the frontline to help them find empowerment in their bodies, and manage their high-stress occupations.

Ms Jasch stood alongside RSL welfare officer John Enchong at the Nambour Remembrance Day ceremonies, and shares his desire to help reduce the impact of combat-related conditions.

"My aim is to provide more avenues of support for physical and mental health,” she said.

"And create a safe space to feel empowered in their bodies and themselves.”

Ms Jasch said she had friends and family who have served, or are currently serving, in the Australian Defence Force.

Nambour RSL welfare officer John Enchong with Jess Jasch, a local yoga instructor who assists veterans at the Remembrance Day ceremony at Quota Park, Nambour.
Nambour RSL welfare officer John Enchong with Jess Jasch, a local yoga instructor who assists veterans at the Remembrance Day ceremony at Quota Park, Nambour. Amber Hooker

But this isn't her sole purpose for helping.

"(It's) to honour, and give respect to those who have sacrificed time with loved ones, sacrificed their body, for everything they do in the process of their line of duty,” she said.

She said yoga helps on an individual level, with movements through the body enabling people to "feel more grounded”.

"Physically it calms the nervous system... it's not a treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, but it calms the nerves and feelings of heightened anxiety.”

Ms Jasch juggles her commitments between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, and can be contacted via jlyoga.com.au, or on social media.

If you or someone you know needs crisis support, contact Lifeline 24-hours on 13 11 14.



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