Motivational speaker and former United States military paratrooper Dan Nevins will lead 300 people at the next session of the Africa Yoga Project community class on Saturday at Diamond Plaza in Nairobi, Kenya.
Nevins who is a double amputee and advocate of the Wounded Warrior Project is a certified Baptiste Yoga instructor, a qualification which he has used to empower people to develop themselves and others as leaders.
“Yoga is so often seen worldwide as an activity exclusively for flexible, strong and healthy people. Dan’s leadership in spite of the fact that he has no legs, changes the way the world sees people who practice it,” said Africa Yoga Project Co-Founder and Executive Director, Paige Elenson. “And this resonates with what we believe at Africa Yoga Project, that yoga is truly for everyone.”
Nevins who joined the army while still a teenager sustained life changing injuries while on tour in Iraq after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated under his vehicle. The former infantry squad leader suffered traumatic brain injury and the amputation of his left leg below the knee. His right leg which was also severely damaged was amputated three years later due to constant pain and recurring bone infections.
“We are all fighting some kind of battle, and although Dan’s scars may be more visible than the common Kenyans most of us have experienced physical and emotional trauma. Dan’s message of healing our seen and unseen wounds comes at a profound time when Kenyans are realizing that we need tools to care for ourselves so we can care for others.”
Nevins is a permanent fixture on the motivational circuit with talks given to Fortune 500 companies, conferences and festivals around the world. He also successfully reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010 with the help of two wounded veterans. He is currently working on getting more wounded soldiers to adopt yoga as a healing tool through his Warrior Spirit Retreat project.