Collaboration Blog

I have been reading a lot about collaboration. I have read reports of companies failing because they were not willing to collaborate believing that harsh competition lead to success not partnership. I constantly learn from the mistakes of others, and the idea of failing because I was too prideful has stuck with me. As the Executive Director of Yoga 4 Change I believe 100% in collaboration. I credit this to being the reason we have been able to sustain these first 2 years, and how we are going to create greater change in the future. I have seen first hand collaboration ...

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Taking time for yourself

Normally we release our blog posts on Sunday at 2pm. However, this past week I worked extremely hard having meetings and conferences, teaching a ton of classes for Y4C, and planning for the nonprofit’s future. When it came to the weekend, I wanted one day to catch up on family stuff around the house, and I was hoping to reconnect with a couple great friends who I lost touch with. And when Sunday came to post the blog, I realized I didn’t like what I had written before, and I did not want to have to worry and rush to create something that wasn’t speaking directly to ...

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Vulnerability

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness.” - Brene' Brown Our final lesson in the curriculum is vulnerability. Normally, I break this lesson into two classes because for students to truly understand the theme; sometimes speaking about it for two weeks helps the theme resonate. Many students only focus on the latter portion of the quote above, and our curriculum’s culminating lesson is teaching them that vulnerability is not weakness. Instead it is a powerful tool to connect you ...

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Forgiveness

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. - Mahatma Gandhi It seems in my life right now every time I sit down to write about our curriculum, the theme that is next on my list is something I am dealing with everyday. For instance when I wrote about gratitude, I had just started meditating every morning on what I am grateful for. When I wrote about self-acceptance and bullying I found through my writing that I was being extremely hard on myself, and not allowing myself some freedom to mess up and start over. And now I come to forgiveness. I ...

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February Newsletter

What a great start Yoga 4 Change has had in 2016 and it’s all due to the support from our teachers, our volunteers, community yoga studios, and partner organizations. Yes, we have had some unforeseen challenges, and yet I tell my students time and time again – “you can’t taste the sweet, ...

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Bullying

When Yoga 4 Change teachers start teaching the topic of bullying to our students, many are apprehensive to participate fully. They are visibly uncomfortable when our teachers ask “Raise your hand if you have ever been bullied”. However, when our teacher clearly states that “Yes – I was bullied at 10!” (or whatever age they were bullied) suddenly being bullied is not so hard to discuss. When we frame the question as an inquiry, asking “Who has ever bullied themselves, or someone else?” we really see our students shift in their seat – closing off body ...

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Expectations

The lesson which is one of my favorites to teach is about EXPECTATIONs. It is easily transferable to every age, every situation, every student. Emotions are high after class, and this topic allows our students the freedom to talk about their fears and about any concerns they have for their future. I can tell that the topic is relatable to them when they can describe an emotion they are feeling and talk about where in their body they are experiencing it when they discuss their future expectations. What I mean by this is easily explained in an example I utilize no matter ...

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Peer Pressure

“Everytime you point your finger Three more point right back at you I'm not sayin' that there's something wrong with life Cuz that's a sad excuse” - Goo Goo Dolls “Amigone” When I sat down to write this post about peer-pressure, I had no idea how I was going to start, or what the product was going to be. This is the hardest topic for me to integrate into my classes. I know about peer-pressure first hand, but sometimes I feel strange talking about a topic to adults which is discussed in third grade. Many of our teachers feel the same way, and so we have sat ...

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