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Veteran's Voice: Helping others through yoga

Credit: KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas
Published on November 6, 2019 - Duration: 04:31s

Veteran's Voice: Helping others through yoga

This week's Veteran's Voice is about an Air Force veteran who is now helping others through yoga.

His name is Leland Holtate.

Leah Pezzetti reporting.

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Veteran's Voice: Helping others through yoga

EXPERIENCES IN HIS LIFEBUT AS 13 ACTION NEWS REPORTERLEAH PEZZETTI SHOWS YOU ON THISWEEK'S VETERAN'S VOICE - HE'SNOW TURNED THOSE CLOSE CALLSINTO MOTIVATION - HELPINGOTHERS ALONG THE WAY THROUGHYOGA.PKG INSTEAD OF THE FOCUS ONYOGA, WE FOCUS ON THE PROGRESS.IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PROGRESSWITHIN THAT YOU'RE MAKING WITHYOURSELF THIS IS A CLASS FOR ASPECIAL TYPE OF PERSON.I MICROBE THROUGH SO YOUR MINDSTAYS BUSY AND IT DOESN'T GO TOTHAT DARK PLACE THAT WE KNOW ITALWAYS DOES VETERANS AND FIRSTRESPONDERS CAN COME HERE ANDFIND FOCUS.NOTICE YOUR CENTER, NOTICE YOURPOWER THE LEADER OF THE CLASS -LELAND HOLGATE - TAKES THEMTHROUGH BOTH A MENTAL ANDPHYSICAL JOURNEY.INHALE ARMS UP OVERHEAD, EXHALESWAN DIVE FORWARD THIS PATH ISONE HE'S TAKING AS WELL - THEAIR FORCE VETERAN OVERCAME MANYMILESTONES IN HIS SERVICE.IT WAS A LOT MORE REAL IN SOMEWAYS ESPECIALLY WITH THEBROTHERS THAT WE LOST THOSETHAT DIDN'T COME WITH US ORTHOSE THAT CAME HOME IN ADIFFERENT WAY LELAND WAS AC-130 LOAD MASTER - HE WAS INCHARGE OF LOADING THE AIRCRAFTAND DOING MISSILE DROPS.HE REMEMBERS BEING SHOT ATWHILE IN THE SKY OVERYUGOSLAVIA.IT WAS PROBABLY THE SCARIESTTHING I'D EVER FELT WITH IN MYENTIRE LIFE TERRIFYING MOMENTS- FOLLOWED BY A LIFE CHANGINGEXPERIENCE WHEN HE GOT HOME.EVERYTHING IS JUST IN THE AIR,YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW IF YOU'REGOING TO MAKE IT OUT ALIVE ANDTHE REASON THAT ONE WAS SOPIVOTAL IS JUST AFTER THAT WECAME HOME AND AFTER COMING HOMEON RANDR I SUFFERED A NECKINJURY THAT LEFT ME AQUADRIPLEGIC FROM ONE EXTREMETO THE NEXT - NOW PARALYZEDFROM THE NECK DOWN -QUESTIONING HIS FUTURE.SWEATING AND CRYING AND GOINGTHROUGH THE GUT WRENCHINGTHOUGHTS OF JUST NOT WANTING TOBE ANYMORE, ASKING PEOPLE IFTHEY WOULD HELP ME END MY LIFE.I DIDN'T WANT TO DO THIS.I COULDN'T DO THIS.THEN - A MENTAL SHIFT CONVINCEDHIM TO POWER THROUGH.SOMETHING CLICKED ON THATSECOND DAY AND I TOLD MYSELFNO, THIS ISN'T GOING TO BE MYLIFE, THIS ISN'T WHAT I'M GOINGTO BE, THIS ISN'T WHAT I'MMEANT FOR PHYSICAL THERAPYINTEGRATED YOGA AND THAT ISWHAT HELPED HIM REGAIN HISABILITY TO MOVE AGAIN - BUTTHEN MORE BLOWS CONTINUED HISWAY.I WENT THROUGH MANY HARDSHIPS,UPS AND DOWNS.I BECAME A DRUG ADDICT, I WASADDICTED TO ALCOHOL FROM ALL OFMY PTSD THE COMBAT STRESS ANDONE FINAL - DEVASTATING HIT -LOSING HIS FATHER - A FELLOWVETERAN WHO HAD HIS OWN MENTALSTRUGGLES.IN 2016 HE WAS ONE OF OUR 22 APLUS DAY SUICIDES, HE COULDN'TFIGHT PAST THE DEMONS HECOULDN'T DO IT ANYMORE THATMOMENT WAS THE ONE THATCHALLENGED LELAND TO LIVE HISLIFE FOR OTHERS -STARTING THIS NONPROFIT TOOFFER HEALING CLASSES TO OTHERSLIKE HIM.IF I WAS THERE FOR OTHERPEOPLE, I WASN'T QUITE SO MUCHIN MY OWN HEAD, I WASN'TWORRIED ABOUT ME ANYMORE.IT WAS THE BIGGEST WAKEUP IEVER GOT IN MY LIFE WHEN MY DADTOOK HIS OWN LIFE SO NOW HETEACHES THE MENTAL AND PHYSICALCALMING POWERS OF YOGA.YOU CAN ALWAYS SHOW UP FOR YOUHOPING TO INSPIRE OTHERS TOPUSH THROUGH THE PAIN.AND ALLOW YOURSELF TO JUST BETHIS IS HIS PURPOSE - HELPINGHEROES FIND THEIR FOCUS.I KNOW THAT'S WHY I'M HERE.AFTER ALL THE HORRIBLE THINGSTHAT I WENT THROUGH AND SAW ANDDID MYSELF, I RECOGNIZEDI ONLY WENT THROUGH THOSETHINGS SO I COULD TEACH PEOPLETHIS, SO I COULD TEACH PEOPLETHE LIGHT SIDE OF LIFE ANDTEACH THEM JUST HOW POWERFULTHEY ARE A POWER HE HAD TODISCOVER FOR HIMSELF THAT HE'SNOW SHARING WITH OTHERS.LEAH PEZZETTI 13 ACTION NEWSLELAND JUST STARTED HISNONPROFIT - "WARRIORS FOR LIFEAMERICA" THIS YEAR.HIS TRAUMA RECOVERY YOGACLASSES ARE OFFERED AT THEDOWNTOWN YOGA AND WELLNESSCO-OP.AS ALWAYS - IF YOU KNOW AVETERAN WHO SHOULD BE FEATUREDON OUR WEEKLY SERIES, LET USKNOW!

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