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June 3, 2010

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June 3, 2010

I have been affiliated with THe Art of Yoga Project for the last 3 1/2 years. This is an amazing non-profit with so many incredible, dedicated women. I have been fortunate to personally work directly with the teen girls in the juvenile hall with The Art of Yoga Project. The girls in the juvenile hall, love the project. They are so happy to have women come each week who care deeply for them, listen to them, help them see the best in themselves and that they count in this world. It's hard to know if I get more from these girls or give more...... through this project we are able to bring out the best in these girls and see them who they really are not just convicted felons who made poor choices. THe Art of Yoga Project gives them skills to take with them and use in their lives so they can make better choices when they are released from prison.

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I have personally experienced love, compassion, a deeper understanding as I have been able to get to know the girls in the juvenile justice system while working with The Art of Yoga Project.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 2, 2010

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June 2, 2010

I love working with teen girls. I see the world in them, no matter who they are, nor what they have done, or where they have come from. I believe with my heart and soul that they can achieve everything and anything they set out to do. I teach them that yoga is a practice that benefits them AND the world, so that they understand that we are together, as a community on this earth, that what we do affects us all. Each time I go in to the juvenile hall I bow down before each young woman. I honor them and speak to their higher self- and they meet me there. I am blessed to be a yogini, blessed to be part of a great organization that cares about every young woman out there. I am grateful for the hard work that all of the volunteers, staff, teachers and leaders do so that the path is paved for me to reach out to these kids. I know it makes a difference, if not in this very moment, then like a seed, planted, to one day blossom.

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When I watch the look on a young woman's face when she has accomplished a challenging yoga pose, when she has created a work of art that she didn't think she could do, when she lights up in appreciation of an inspiring moment- these are RESULTS!

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

The Art of Yoga project has taken the concept of mission and vision to a new level of inspired healing. Art of Yoga takes a very creative approach to helping traumatized adolescent girls to heal with a gentle but challenging Yoga practice. Services begin immediately upon incarceration, extending throughout incarceration and after as these young girls return to their families and communities. The services include a wonderful Yoga practice and a committed Mentoring Program. Each girls participating in these services manifests benefit.......

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

YFES' continued work with the girls both incarcerated and post-incarceration. Partnering with this wonderful agency has enhanced all services offered by our organization and all other organizations.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 31, 2010

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May 31, 2010

I learned about this organization from an article in Yoga Journal. I contacted them about becoming an Affiliate so I could bring their program to our area. Right now I am working with our local juvenile justice system to design a program for the girls in our area.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the reviewing the curriculum that they have written. It is very comprehensive. It is a great start to become an affiliate of the art of yoga project.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the are very helpful and have answered all my emails and questions very quickly! They really want to help me launch this service in my area

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really help a lot af at risk teen girls reach their full potential!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

The Art of Yoga Project is an absolutely amazing program. The dedication to serving at risk teen girls is pouring out of the hearts of the founder and leaders of this organization. The curriculum is extremely well thought out and executed. I am so proud to work with the powerful women of AYP to pass on the benefits and tools that yoga has to offer, giving young women in a crucial time and place in their lives some peace, clarity and confidence.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the energy in a room change drastically over the course of an hour from anxious to calm. Feeling the gratitude from these girls when their need to be seen and loved is met. Hearing profound wisdom come out of a troubled teenage girl's mouth..

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more funding for the aftercare programs which help support the girls as they transition from incarceration to life in their communities.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

witnessing growth and change!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

strong, smart, open-hearted women.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help keep these girls accountable to themselves after their release.

Ways to make it better...

there was time and money to do more!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and creating new relationships to expand the programs reach.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love Art of Yoga Project with all my heart!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

I am a certified yoga instructor with 9 years of experience, and interacted with staff from the Art of Yoga Project at the Yogajournal San Francisco Conference last year. Their highly skilled staff offers a brave and compassionate practice to incarcerated women, giving them tools to create a new perspective out of their current situation. A phenomenal cause and one that will continue to give back to individuals and society at large.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Feedback from the incarcerated women, which was published in a recent YogaJournal article.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

I work with troubled high school girls. I became aware of this organization through an article in Yoga Journal (Oct 2009) called Peace on the Inside. I didn't realize that 15% of the youth prison population was made up of girls! It was great to see a gender responsive program in action and learn a bit about their model.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by reading all their press archives on their website and youtube.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

The Art of Yoga Project is an amazing program that helps troubled teen girls. It is comprised of a group of strong and caring women helping incarcerated teen girls. Although these girls have made some poor choices they are caught in a cycle of victimization. The Art of Yoga Project works with them to create a better self image and gives them tools to help change their life. It is very inspiring!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways! Not only do they deliver the program in three counties in Northern CA but they run amazing events in the community together at local yoga studios to help raise funds to support their work!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

Yoga has made in huge difference in my life so I was happy to help when a friend of mine who works for The Art of Yoga Project asked for assistance with a fundraiser. Through the work, I met a few of the impressive women who were on staff. This left me with an overall good impression and leads me to believe that the organization and their programs are well run.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

sharing the enthusiasm of the staff and donors for the work that AYP does in the juvenile halls.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

Most of the girls really appreciated our work with them. The breath work, the meditation, the circle discussions of readings from recovery meditation books, and the yoga nidra - guided relaxation seemed to benefit the girls and I quite enjoyed it. The training and preparation of volunteers was quite sketchy in the beginning.. there is opportunity to make community with the volunteers by giving written or oral guidance for the process of getting security clearance, how and when to meet, how to prepare the room and getting a list of rules for the detention center (no newspapers, cameras, candles / lighters etc.) I always feels bad to make mistake. The connection with the girls who wanted what we were bringing was invigorating and gratifying. I am always grateful for where I have come and am glad to share how I got here.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Again- the volunteer coordination, advisement and reinforcement could have been better. Many of us have so little time and know what and how in a clear concise manner really helps. The girls respond well to organized presentations. Finally we grooved.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the faces on the girls when they felt they had accomplished - a pose, a breath practice, complete relaxation.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind. The volunteers I worked with were awesome.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring consistent classes ( at least bi weekly ) with artists and authors, who could also be paid, and then publish the works of each 6 month class. But the girls have to WORK for it, with participation and good behaviour - no "gimmees"

Ways to make it better...

the practice had stayed in YOGA and not so much in gymnastics. I would really have loved to continue the Yamas and Niyamas into the yoga day - bringing the concepts into the physical practice and the meditation.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The limited space at the facilities and the lack of consistency. We had a VERY SUCCESSFUL period where one of the counselors joined the practice (giving it value) since then the counselors have not joined and even talk during class.

One thing I'd also say is that...

We need yoga for adults in recovery as well. This population, by necessity due to its age, will remember this experience, but may need to suffer MORE before they can RECOVER. We need to follow up with programs in jails and other centers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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