July Newsletter

This summer has already been jammed packed for the Yoga 4 Change team. We finished June with teaching 8,296 different students sine 1 January 2016. Having this many students be exposed to healthy ways to deal with stress and anxiety is quite a feet – and it is because of determination and persistence of our teachers, our partner organizational staff, our amazing board and most importantly our donors who make this impact possible. Thank you to everyone who has attended our classes, or those who have advocated for us by sharing our social media posts, or those of you ...

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Collaboration Blog: Dennis and Kathy #2

Yoga 4 Change Blog #2 – Practice Makes Perfect By Dennis and Kathy Lang June 2, 2016 You know the old saying “practice makes perfect?” You’ve probably heard it a gazillion times and know that it means “regularly doing an activity or skill to become proficient in it”. Many times it relates to playing a musical instrument or doing a physical activity. Back when I was a kid, the saying was used for things like penmanship, spelling, drawing or learning the multiplication tables. As a yogi, we can get caught up in “practice makes perfect” to nail that ...

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Collaboration Blog: Brenda Star Walker 2

My first Yoga Teacher Training was at the lovely campus of the Kripalu Yoga Center nestled in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. It has been said that Yoga is a Technology of Transformation. I had no idea how true that would be for me.  It was exactly what I had been seeking although that was not apparent to me until it began to unfold in front of me over the next year. The first module of the training was three weeks long. We then went home and kept a journal about our practice, made notes of questions and comments for six months then returned for the complet...

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Collaboration Blog: Christopher Byford

Together We Rise There I was. Let me say that again There I was. For the first time in a long time, I had showed up. Not the me I pretend to be or the me other people want me to be. The real, compassionate, flawed whole being that I had lost several years before. I was standing in a circle of 80 yogis at Baptiste Yoga’s Art of Assisting. Tears were streaming down my face as I shared my breakthrough. I wanted to make a difference by being of service to others. I had struggled with the fleeting notion of purpose for most of my adult life. But now I had found it and ...

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Collaborative Blog: Roberta

Recently I realized how much fear plays a big part in my life. Whether is on my daily routine, planning for the future, or reminiscent on the past, there it is…fear shows up in all kinds of ways. At first, I could pin point fear on how much I feared missing my family. It has been about 13 years that I have been living in Houston, very far away from my whole family back in Brazil. Sometimes, when my dad forgets the 4hr time difference, he calls very early in the morning and my first thought is ”something bad happened”. It takes me a few moments between waking up ...

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Collaboration Blog: Brenda Starwalker

A mid-life crisis brought me to yoga, at age 42.  Maybe it wasn't as much of a crisis as it was an exploration. I wanted more heart and meaning in my life, my work and my relationships. My children were soon to be on their own. I was leaving a 17 year marriage and beginning another. My corporate career was a drag. So I was asking the 'Universe" for big change. And I  got it! While remodeling my 'new to me' historic home I had an accident. In a fall, I broke my twelfth thoracic vertebra clean in half! This turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened ...

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Collaboration Blog: Dennis and Kathy Lang

The Ripple Effect of Yoga Waves radiate from the entry point of a pebble dropped into a pond. The waves then propagate in ever progressing rings from the center with diminishing intensity over time and distance. The waves' ripple across the surface creating change as they progress with all that they touch. Similarly, this ripple effect is seen in economics, sociology, chemistry and biology. It’s a manifestation of interconnectedness throughout our world and the universe. How does this relate to yoga? It’s fundamental to yoga! Yoga is about relationships. The ...

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Angela Centers Contribution to our Collaboration Blog

Whenever I question if the yoga we teach is making an impact, I see the answer through our students almost immediately. On the outside I don't see an actual physical change, it's more of an internal transformation, which is eventually seen through action & way of being. One group of boys I teach are living at the Hastings Comprehensive Mental Health Facility, they are 12-19 years old and yes, they have done something in their past to be placed in the facility. They are also the boys that will eventually become a part of our community. The hour that I get with them ...

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