Many of our followers, friends, supporters and donors like YOU appreciate what we do at Yoga 4 Change – yet they do not know exactly what makes us different from other yoga studios in our community.
For the next few weeks, I hope to spell out what makes Yoga 4 Change different from other yoga studios and other yoga nonprofits. I want to make sure YOU see the whole picture of what we have accomplished in our short time since being formed; and ensure YOU know just how our program works and what we intend to accomplish in 2016.
Our yoga program is very different from other yoga service programs because we have not aligned ourselves with one specific type or style of yoga. Many people do not know that there are over 20 types of yoga – with each type having subsets within them. Each and every style of yoga has a following, and not one type is “better” than the rest. Instead, each has its own following because that physical practice works best for whoever is practicing it at that time.
For example, when I was unable to stand without pain – I started practicing a restorative type of Hatha yoga. This was the yoga that I felt the most in-tune with because it met me where I was: in pain all the time, having gained more weight than I wanted, depressed and anxious. When I continued to practice and gained more strength, I then started to practice the Ashtanga style of yoga, and have since transitioned to Baptiste style.
I have taken what I know about myself and have applied it to our program. I am confident in each and every one of our teachers, because they are passionate about the various style they teach. Yoga 4 Change has 20 teachers that are certified to teach over 10 different styles of yoga. Each of these styles is taught to groups of our students based on research as to what style works best with what group. For example, we teach “chair yoga” to amputee veterans, elderly incarcerated men and woman, and disabled children. We teach “power yoga” to able-bodied veterans, incarcerated men and woman, and youth struggling with behavioral issues. We teach “yoga nidra (guided relaxation)” to veterans struggling with PTSD and/or insomnia, men and woman struggling with substance abuse, and at the end of practice for children.
We strategically place a teacher into a facility based on what the population needs, and if the population needs something different – we adjust accordingly. No ego is involved because we don’t make it about us being the best teachers; instead it is solely about what is best for our students and the Yoga 4 Change program.
Yoga 4 Change is different because we truly believe in unity among the various types of yoga, between the various yoga studios, and in coming together with the same belief: that #yogaworks.
Learn more about our curriculum in the coming weeks, as well as our plans for 2016!
Here is an awesome graphic to help YOU figure out what type of yoga will fit best to where YOU are: