Yoga can have a tremendous impact on the life of a young person dealing with homelessness. In addition to providing them with a healthy physical activity, it can help calm their mind despite the debilitating circumstances surrounding their life. It can also help them better address their current life situation with a more rationale and stable perspective. Yoga classes in a shelter environment have also aided staff members significantly with case management, counselling and so much more. Youth have been more engaged with their programs and services, and have reported first-hand that it was due to attending a yoga class!
Despite how positively impactful yoga may be, these programs require a source of funding to ensure its longevity. For this reason, Youth Rising Above is partnering with Kennedy House Youth Services to launch a minimum 6-month yoga program for the residents in their emergency shelter. Youth Rising Above will provide Kennedy House with as much needed support as required to ensure this program is a success, and that the youth truly benefit from its services.
We'll be aiming to raise a minimum of $2500 for this program through a Toronto yoga fundraiser on Saturday July 21st at Calvary Baptist Church (72 Main Street, Toronto ON). Classes include the following:
10am - Classical Yoga - A Hatha-style yoga class that will both invigorate and relax - 75 minutes
1pm - Straps & Stretch Yoga - a gentle yoga class to reduce tension and stretch out your muscles - 75 minutes
3pm - Yoga for Non-Yogis - In this super-gentle class, we'll help you to move and reduce tension without strain - 60 minutes
Jeffrey Aarles - Jeffrey has a 300-hour teacher training certificate from Yoga Therapy Toronto. His next teachers were the youth he met and taught in institutional and shelter environments. His basic style follows the Desikachar school of Hatha yoga, with a focus on the coordination of breath and movement, combined with an emphasis on interoceptive awareness. He's of the opinion that it is wiser to fit the pose to the body than the body to the pose; every body is different, and it's important to respect and learn to listen to the one you're working with.
Consider purchasing a ticket and help those youth who need YOUR support! Can't attend a class, no worries, make a donation through the link below and receive a charitable tax receipt in return!
Together, we can make a difference in the life of a homeless young person, one yoga class at a time. Thanks for your support!
Ticket purchase/donations: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/charity-yoga-tickets-47520448942