Y.O.G.A. for Youth – North Carolina
Welcome to Y.O.G.A for Youth’s North Carolina satellite!
We’ve got everything from spin classes and gift cards to yoga books and overnight getaways – all from local businesses and community members. Treat yourself or a loved one to one of our many items that foster mindfulness, enjoyment and self-care–just in time for the holidays.
Yoga for Youth N.C. thanks your for your love and generosity. Thanks to your support, we’ve been able to serve over 700 youth in the area in 2017 alone–and we want to do even more in 2018.
All proceeds will go directly toward programming for our teacher trainings and our core mission of teaching underserved youth tools to help them focus, manage stress and increase their emotional resilience.
It’s an exciting time for Y.O.G.A. for Youth N.C. and we’ve got a lot going on in 2017, in terms of partnerships, research and expansion. Read on to catch up and learn more about what we’re up to right now!
We’re proud to announce our second year of partnership with Bull City Fit through Duke University’s Healthy Lifestyles program. The program, which promotes and instills healthy lifestyle choices for children, offers weekly Y.O.G.A. for Youth classes. The sessions take place at the Edison Johnson Community Center in Durham, and family members are encouraged to attend. “What’s awesome about these classes is the vast age range we’re seeing in terms of attendance,” says Keval Khalsa, Y.O.G.A. for Youth NC Regional Coordinator. “A parent might come and bring their toddler, or a child might come and bring their older siblings and grandparents. The partnership between Y.O.G.A. for Youth and Bull City Fit allows not only children, but families, to experience yoga’s various benefits.” Lauren Sibley, Program Coordinator for Bull City Fit, expressed her appreciation to Y.O.G.A. for Youth: “Thank you again for this partnership! The yoga classes at BCF continue to be an excellent staple of our programming, loved by our BCF children and parents alike!”
Thanks to a Bass Connections grant from Duke University, Keval Kaur Khalsa, Professor of the Practice of Dance & Theater Studies at Duke and Dr. Michele Berger, Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill – in conjunction with community educational partners, committed faculty and students from Duke and UNC-CH, and passionate Y.O.G.A. for Youth leaders – are celebrating the fourth year of their Mindfulness in Human Development research project. Using a mixed-methods approach, the project is studying the effects of a regular yoga and meditation practice on middle school students’ mindfulness, emotional regulation, self-esteem, stress response, resilience, academic performance, social behavior body image, and physical health.
This is our third year of working with the Durham Arts Council’s Creative Arts in Public and Private Schools (CAPS) program, a partnership between the Arts Council and Durham Public Schools. The 46-year-old program places professional artists (including yoga teachers) of all sorts in classrooms across Durham, Granville and Orange counties to provide “creative and interactive residencies” that teach a variety of life skills through the arts to over 20,000 students each year. CAPS artists do other work in the community, as well, and provide programming to childhood centers, preschools and various after-school services. We are excited about returning to Sandy Ridge Elementary School and working with first graders this year.
We are happy to continue our ongoing, four-year yoga programming relationship with the Justice Theater Project in Raleigh, which organizes summer camps for children at the Emily K Center in Durham, Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh, and through Passage Home at the Safety Club in Raleigh. Daily yoga and meditation sessions help these young performers be on top of their game!