We have accomplished much in our short history as an organization, but are seeing increased need in the following areas:
We believe yoga is a healing and supportive modality for the often challenging work of simply being human - and a tool for individual growth and transformation. We have grown from a few small on-site classes each week to where we are currently: each month our total class attendance, both in-studio and in the community (where the rubber really meets the road in terms of service work), now numbers between 1,200 and 1,600. Our board sits at 12 dedicated and talented members, over half of whom are yoga instructors. Our volunteers, instructors and ambassadors (those who represent the organization) now number some 50+ dedicated individuals.
Nadia discovered Project Yoga Richmond just prior to her move from Rochester, New York, to Richmond. She has been working at Project Yoga Richmond since 2015, first as the Outreach Programs and Volunteer Manager and now as the Operations Manager. She brings 10 years of experience and passion for outreach programming, staff training and development, and community engagement. Nadia discovered yoga 10 years ago, and the tools and benefits of yoga and mindfulness have provided her with a sense of belonging and a deeper connection to herself and others. It has been a source of healing, growth, balance, and inspirations. From the moment she joined PYR's team, Nadia felt connected to the collaborative, vibrant community and to the organization's deep commitment to service and access.
From the teacher of the Yoga For Autism program since its inception:
This particular site started as a residence for Russian seniors. One of the first things I noticed was that all of my students, regardless of nationality, began to look out for each other. They took interest in what was going on with their fellow yogis, despite nationality. I have called it my mini-UN because the population is so diverse!
I have seen improvement in their posture. I look across the room and the rounded shoulders are gone and they are standing up straighter. One lady asked me how she could stay more upright when she walked. I stayed late one day and taught her how to do this. Now, quite often she will proudly give a demonstration!
From one of the teachers who has led the Yoga for Juvenile Corrections program since its inception:
They then began asking about how they could heal prior injures and chronic aches and pains. I encouraged their feedback, telling them that I base my class sequencing on their specific needs. This allowed them to be more involved in the process and to see the benefits of taking charge of their own health and wellness. Many of them had been hiding their pain because they felt ashamed and weak. They are now beginning to understand the power of honesty when it comes to health and what radical changes can take place.
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