This Double-Amputee Became The Most Badass Yoga Teacher Ever

    "Veterans often feel so isolated because we think we're damaged or different but yoga can change that because it's all about being connected with the earth and people around you."

    Meet Dan Nevins, a 43 year old U.S. veteran, yoga teacher, and motivational speaker who lives in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

    This past week, Nevins was invited for the second year in a row to teach yoga at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

    Nevins lost both his legs and suffered a traumatic brain injury after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated under his vehicle while he was deployed to Iraq in 2004.

    Nevins has been an adaptive athlete since 2007 but didn't start yoga until 2014, when he took time off to recover from a surgery and struggled with post-combat stress.

    "As soon as I got into my first pose, all my negative thoughts stopped and I felt connected with the earth for the first time in 10 years," Nevins says.

    Nevins became an instructor so he could connect with more people through his passion for yoga and help veterans who went through similar struggles.

    "Everyone has their own personal wars and wounds that they can work through with the practice of yoga," Nevins says.

    "Yoga means togetherness — it lets people forget about all the things that define us, like trauma or race or religion, so we can breathe and be alive together."

    If you are a veteran struggling with depression or PTSD or you know someone who is, visit the Veterans Crisis Line website or call 1-(800)-273-8255 for support.