Why Yoga, Why Now, Why Project Yoga?
A special note for Project Yoga Richmond Co-Founder and Board Member, Dana Walters:
“We are at a time in our history where we need people to feel empowered, to show up, to keep their cool, and to be present for each other…Yoga makes us better community members because it helps us to be more present, more grounded, and more supportive of one another.” – PYR Co-Founder, Dana Walters.
We are dedicated to making the benefits of yoga accessible to all. By unrolling your mat and supporting us, you have provided over 19,000 yoga experiences across the Greater Richmond region in 2017. Over 19,000 opportunities for students that left students feeling less anxious, a sense of self and belonging, and the ability to self-monitor their behavior. Continue to offer this sense of community and peace to one another.
Any amount that is meaningful to you, is meaningful to us! Give your gift today!
Learn more about who we are and what we do by viewing this video by the talented, compassionated folks at Parkwood Creative!
$10,000 = 10 Community Yoga and Mindfulness Programs
- $11: Provides one mat for at a community program
- $30: Supports your practice and the practice for someone else at a community program
- $50: Supports your practice and the practice for two others
- $130: Supports one community yoga and mindfulness class
- $250: Provides 24 yoga experiences at a community program
- $1,000: Supports one community program for one quarter
Any amount that is meaningful to you, is meaningful to us! #yourpracticehaspower
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1. Brooke Road Academy
- PYR launched its first community partnership at Brook Road Academy at St. Joseph’s Villa in March 2011, offering yoga and mindfulness to middle and high schoolers, including those facing extraordinary challenges. Drawing from the program’s success, PYR has developed and implemented yoga and mindfulness partnerships for individuals and communities of all abilities and ages.
“Project Yoga Richmond has given members of the Brook Road Academy community opportunities to better understand the dynamic interactions among the body, brain, and breath – an integral part of learning that fosters critical reflections and self awareness.” – Ben Walters, English Dept. Chair, Brook Road Academy
2. The Founder’s Center for Commonwealth Autism
- We offer yoga as a part of The Founders Center of Commonwealth Autism‘s Transition Program each week! Yoga has been a great way for students to engage in physical activity at their own level! And we love having the chance to visit our friends as we share the benefits of the practice with Commonwealth Autism!
- The physical sequences are similar from week to week (or class to class) to build confidence, encourage exploration, gain a sense of empowerment and independence, and ultimately increase mobility, strength, and balance.
“Our Transition Program has an adapted yoga class with teachers from Project Yoga Richmond once a week. It has been a great way for our students to engage in physical activity at their own level.” – The Founder’s Center of Commonwealth Autism
3. Freedom Yoga: Yoga for Special Needs
- Offered the first Saturday of each month from 12:30-1:30pm at PYR’s studio.
- This class is tailored toward students with intellectual disabilities, everyone in the community is welcome to join!
“Freedom Yoga was a doorway to yoga for us because there weren’t any other places we could go that were calm, relaxing, enveloping, and welcoming to yoga students with special needs, and now we even go to a gentle yoga class together on the regular schedule with all the other students! … It has opened up a whole world of opportunity.”
-Parent of a Freedom Yoga Student
4. ESOL Yoga with the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Passport to Education at Greene Elementary and Salem Church Middle
- Many ESOL students have shared stories of separations and reunifications due to migration, interrupted schooling, difficult, and border detentions. These experiences often have a traumatic impact on students, which manifests in the classroom and in daily life.
- PYR has studied Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, conducted by Kaiser Permanante and the CDC, and uses yoga, meditation, and mindfulness as a community resource for serving youth and helping to build resilience. These trauma-informed classes have supported students as they heal trauma and build resilience.
- Yoga provides a fully integrated experience by which a connection is made to one’s own body and to others.
- Through breath, movement, and experience in the present moment, yoga creates rhythms that aid in regulation.
- Yoga is a structured, supported, self-paced way for students to make small, manageable choices with respects to their bodies – and the shapes they make – that are kind and compassionate. In making these safe, healthy choices, students can start developing skills around acting rather than reacting
- Yoga supports ESOL learners to develop language skills and resiliency and fosters community and connection.
“I feel very calm and I can forget about the things that I do not like to think about. I calm down and then don’t need to be so upset anymore. I am grateful because you have taught me to control myself, thank you for your teachings, to be able to control my breath”. – PYR Programs Student
5. Boushall Middle School and Lucille Brown Middle School with Next Up RVA
- Half of PYR’s Community Partnerships engage children & youth!
- We introduce breathing exercises, relaxation, and visualization techniques as a support to cope with and reduce stress, improve focus/concentration and self-regulation, and promote a general sense of health and emotional well-being.
“For those moments when I feel scared, sad, joyful, disgusted, accepting, ashamed, loving, gentle, or anything and everything else, there is immaculate calm inside me. It’s beautiful. It’s imperfect. It is why I do yoga.” -PYR Programs Student
6. Aspree Adult Day Services
- This program engages adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- These adaptive yoga classes are focused on building strength, developing regulation skills through breathing, improving mobility and maintaining/improving overall health and emotional well-being. Additionally, these classes provide a sense of belonging and community.
7. Senior Center East at Peter Paul Development Center
- Yoga for seniors supports health benefits, increases mobility and strength, and provides a sense of belonging and community. We have noticed that seniors are able to balance and hold poses for longer, extend their legs and arms higher, and remain in seated savasana/meditation for longer
- We offer yoga for seniors at Senior Center EAST at Peter Paul Development Center and Marywood Court Senior Apartments
- Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) supports people recovering from all manifestations of addiction, from behavioral addictions to substance abuse – creating a safe place on the mat where trauma can be released. It also supports those who are impacted by a loved one’s addiction.
- We offer Y12SR at our studio every Tuesday 5:30-7pm and the first Friday of each month from 5:30-7 pm.
9. Trauma-Informed Yoga for Women
- Yoga provides a supportive space to reconnect with the body, as a mind-body disconnect is often a result of traumatic experiences. Yoga is grounding and allows practitioners a framework to practice making space from traumatic thoughts, all the while exposing folks to their present moment experience.
- Join us every other Sunday from 12:30-1:30 pm for Love Your Body: Yoga for Women to experience trauma-informed techniques for yourself!
10. Binford Middle School with Higher Achievement
- Project Yoga Richmond receives evaluations from program participants, yoga instructors, and partner organization staff ton the impact of the yoga and mindfulness classes. Many of them cite positive effects of yoga for adolescents, including:
- Less anxiety
- A greater sense of self and belonging
- Developed the ability to self-monitor
- Better focus
- Felt less reactive
A letter on behalf of Sue Agee:
“Do something. Just do something.”
-Dr. Maya Angelou
Join me today by making a gift to Project Yoga Richmond.
I may not be able to change the world by myself, but I can certainly start with myself, my family, and my community here in Richmond. Yoga and mindfulness practices provide a way to make a difference within myself and my community. You, too, can make a difference.
As a nurse, a yoga teacher, and a perpetual student of yoga, I have seen and experienced the impact the practice makes in my life and in so many others. It is called yoga “practice” to encourage applying the practice beyond the yoga mat and into your daily life. When applying the principles of yoga into your life, you truly see the gifts yoga offers.
Over the years, I have served in almost every role at Project Yoga Richmond: student, volunteer, ambassador, and board member. I have remained dedicated to PYR because I believe everyone deserves access to these timeless teachings of yoga. Project Yoga Richmond opens the door to everyone. We enable folks who would not be able to have a budget for Yoga and Mindfulness classes to have low cost or no cost yoga available to them. Join me in creating greater access to yoga by making a gift to Project Yoga Richmond today.
PYR Program for ESOL Students
We teach ancient and simple techniques to help ease stress, calm the mind, strengthen the body, increase flexibility, reclaim balance, and improve focus. Calming breathing techniques and guided movement remind us that we are capable of great kindness and have more to offer fellow humankind. You can offer kindness to yourself and your community by giving the gift of yoga today.
Project Yoga Richmond supports these benefits for all through our pay-what-you-can studio and community partnership programs across the Greater Richmond Region. PYR provides real tools for real practice to real lives. There are so many ways that you can help – donate, take a workshop, join an ongoing class, help support our work in the community, share your talents, ease your mind and body, feel the love. Today I am asking you to consider making a gift to Project Yoga Richmond. With your help we can increase access to yoga for all.
Be kind to yourself and kind to others. Do something, just do something.
Much love to you,
Sue Agee, RN, E-RYT500
PYR Ambassador, former Board Member, Yoga Teacher, and Volunteer
Have you been wondering why Project Yoga Richmond keeps mentioning Yoga Direct lately?
Photo Cred: McAbbott Studios
Our mission is to make yoga accessible and affordable to all and Yoga Direct supports us as we work hard to achieve that. Project Yoga Richmond has chosen to use Yoga Direct as our supplier for all of our studio and community partnership program yoga mat and prop needs since 2012 because they make their quality products affordable and reliable.
This year, Yoga Direct decided to deepen their support by sponsoring Saturday Salutations at the VMFA, and we could not be more excited about the partnership. We are honored to have a company we have trusted and personally used for years deepening their relationship with the PYR community. Through their sponsorship, Yoga Direct is helping to increase access to yoga by supporting our community programs and offering mat giveaways for Saturday Salutations participants.
You can try out the Yoga Direct products we know and love 7 days a week at our pay-what-you-can studio! Our personal choice for our studio and outreach needs is the Premium Yoga Mat, which we have used this product in our studio since 2012, and five years later it still supports our students!
As a special thank you to the entire PYR and Yoga Direct community, we would like to offer you a special discount on Yoga Direct products to continue to support your practice!
Our Gift to You!
You can now support PYR each time you shop at Kroger!
1. Click this link.
2. Look at the top right hand corner:
- Click Sign In if you already have a Kroger Online account (this is not the same as a Kroger Plus Card)
- Click Register if you do not have an account
- Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account
- Check your email inbox and confirm your account
4. Under I am a Customer: Want to enroll in community rewards? Click View Details
5. Input your Kroger Plus Card number.
5. On the Find Your Organization page, enter LY951. as your non-profit number. “Select Your Organization” then pops us up, select Project Yoga Richmond and click “Enroll”
Now each time you shop with your Kroger Plus Card, YOU are supporting Project Yoga Richmond!
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