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Trisha Meili, the woman who became known as “the Central Park jogger” after she was brutally beaten and raped in New York City in 1989, says yoga and mindfulness have helped her recover from the traumatic brain injury she suffered as a result of the attack.
In this video, Meili recalls how she went for a run after work in Central Park on the night when she was bound, gagged, beaten, and left for dead. “From that beating I suffered a traumatic brain injury that left me with extensive physical and cognitive dysfunction. I couldn’t walk or really think or speak clearly,” she explains.
Several years after the attack, Meili went to a yoga class at the recommendation of a friend who saw she was still having balance problems. Here, Meili explains how yoga and mindfulness have helped her to live in the present, cope with anxiety, become more centered, and “feel like a survivor, not a victim.”