Grantee Blog 2020

Healing through CommUNITY

Tish Torres

Social distancing may have moved your favorite activities into the online space, but it has not stopped the comfort we receive from holding and sharing safe space with our community. Many have rallied and reformatted their health & wellness offerings so that they may continue to be of service. With the abundance of free resources emerging, self-care is no longer a luxury item and can easily transition from optional to priority. COVID-19 continues to impact our mental, emotional and physical health and events like the 21-Day Family Fitness Challenge make self-care accessible and facilitate healing through community.

I had the honor and pleasure of guiding a 60-minute yin yoga class in partnership with Family Promise Union County for the 21-Day Family Fitness Challenge. Students experienced the meditative practice of yin yoga, where the concept of going faster or deeper is replaced with a passive approach, involving little to no muscular action. Yin invites you to hold the asana (pose) anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes, allowing the connective tissues of your body to lengthen. This process removes blockages within and heals your body’s natural energetic pathways that feed the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, nervous and endocrine systems. So if the pandemic did not, then yin yoga surely reminds you to slow down and take stock of what you may have overlooked: your health, your community and the blessings of your new norm.

I am grateful for the chance encounter I had with Amy Beth Jones, Manager of Volunteer Engagement for Family Promise Union County, that fateful day in the Family Promise Union County parking lot. Thank you for allowing me to share my gifts with our community.

Tish Torres is a certified yoga instructor, wellness advocate and operator of

About the Grantee

Overlook Family Medicine - Family Promise Union County Health Education Partnership

Overlook Family Medicine and Family Promise Union County have partnered to provide health education to the many families we serve who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Family Promise Union County provides emergency shelter, food and services to families, and individuals who are homeless in Union County, with a professional staff and a vast volunteer network.