Talk about making the most of a tragic situation! Dan Nevins found his passion after being wounded in the Iraq war and now he’s the yoga guru who attracted 600 yogis to Bryant Park in NYC. Awesome!
A heroic Iraq war veteran who lost both legs after a bomb turned his truck into a ball of flame is serving as an inspiration to others, teaching yoga in the city and across the country.
Retired Army Sgt. Dan Nevins, 42, became a yoga teacher who uses his story to motivate his students.
On Thursday, more than 600 people showed up to a popular yoga session in Bryant Park, where he gave instruction wearing metal prosthetics.
“It was just awe-inspiring,” said Nevins, who is based in Jacksonville, Fla.
“It was like everybody in the same park was the same person. Everybody was connected by the same breath in the same moment in the same pose.”
Once an avid runner, he never considered yoga until after he was wounded in November 2004.
He was on a patrol during the Battle of Fallujah when an improvised explosive device, or IED, detonated, ejecting him and entangling his legs in his vehicle’s undercarriage.
“I thought I was going to die,” he said, adding that his partner was killed.
Nevins suffered a brain injury, lost one leg instantly and had to have the other amputated after 30 surgeries failed to save it.
He fell into depression, and a friend suggested he try the ancient discipline.
“Yoga has really changed my life. It has made me realize not only can a guy with no legs do whatever he wants, but he can inspire other people to do what they want with their life and, in the process, change the world,” said Nevins.
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