There is space for everyone
Three and a half years of prison was not the end of Brandon’s sentence. He left prison only to struggle with PTSD and depression, as shame and guilt were on a constant loop in his mind. Through the prison system, he sought out help from therapists and psychologists but he was told they were too busy with the caseloads that they currently had and could only make time for him if he was suicidal. After being denied by the system he continued to struggle with mental health issues.
A year after his release, he was at an all time low. With very few options to resort to, Brandon tried yoga. He was reluctant at first because there was little representation in the community and in the industry, but he decided to give it a try.
Yoga emerged as a practice that was eye-opening and counteracted his mental health issues. Brandon realized that yoga moves much deeper than our physical bodies and has the ability to transmute a wide variety of issues, including mental health.
Brandon felt the need to share this practice and its benefits with others, and created what he felt was lacking: a space for all. He began leading karma sessions and using the contributions to have an impact in the community, thus Grove Campus was born.