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November 19, 2012

This organization brings the heart and spirit of yoga to the powerful young women in the Juvenal Justice System. Not only does AYP bring yoga, it brings a strong community of teachers, artists and yog... more

July 2, 2013

I've had the amazing pleasure of working with The Art of Yoga Project since 2007 and could not imagine giving my time to a more dedicated, heart-centered and deeply impactful organization. I started when the program was small and have watched the expansion to more counties, but more importantly, to more girls. Even when life feels busy, I make time to step into the yoga circle with amazing teachers and the sweet souls of the young women we serve. This work is so important--offering strengthening alternatives, offering empowering outlets and creating a sense of community in lives where it has often been lacking. I believe in this work and feel so honored to be part of this amazing organization. THANK YOU AYP!!!!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

November 19, 2012

This organization brings the heart and spirit of yoga to the powerful young women in the Juvenal Justice System. Not only does AYP bring yoga, it brings a strong community of teachers, artists and yogis's together in a model of respect, support and powerful connection. In my 5+ years with the organization, each day feels even more inspirational than the day before--we learn from what the young woman share with us and continually adapt the program to suit the needs they express. I've never experienced something so simple and dynamic and feel so lucky to call the AYP community my community.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 26, 2010

I have been working with the Art of Yoga Project for 3 years and I am inspired each and every day with the work of this organization. I started as an eager volunteer, looking to gain some experience as a new yoga teacher and to find a community outlet that felt authentic to my beliefs. I love yoga--what it has done for me and others in my community, but I have always seen a missing link. The missing link to communities who do not have the money or the exposure to tap into the benefits of the practice. Art of Yoga Project brings those resources to girls who need it most. The approach is so effective. The teachers with Art of Yoga Project use compassionate and loving techniques to help the girls find their inner strength in a practical way. AYP meets the girls where they are, using yogic tools and principles to effect behavioral change so they can make better choices in the future. AYP also creates a strong a positive community with the girls--creating a safe and respected circle with girls from opposing gangs and different communities on the outs. Through yoga and art, the girls are able to recognize how much they have to contribute to their community in a positive way. Art of Yoga Project is one of those organizations that makes you want to work more, to do everything you can to expand the impact.

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

Seeing the smiles, thanks yous and goodbye hugs from the girls. In the positive response and participation from facility staff.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have even more classes for the girls--every morning! I would find a way to expand the community impact--teaching classes to the girls before they arrive at the facility and after they leave.

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

The girls, the amazing staff of teacher, and collaborating with the facility staff.

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

Compassionate, eager to serve, creative and passionate.

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

Support even more girls both in and out of incarceration facilities. It could expand to more counties in the Bay Area and help to train other organizations of service across the country.

Ways to make it better...

nothing!

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

Needing more funding the expand a mentoring and aftercare model.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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

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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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

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

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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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

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..

Ways to make it better...

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

none

Ways to make it better...

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

February 5, 2009

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February 5, 2009

This is one of the most inspiring organizations I have ever been privileged to be a part of. The Art of Yoga Project offers a way for people of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, religions, colors, passions and affilliations to become a part of a healthy, positive, forward-thinking family. I am so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful group of womyn who are so inspiring, motivating, and truly beautiful inside and out. I will continue to work for and with this organization, because it is a cause I believe in with all my heart.

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

the way that girls smile when I step into San Francisco Juvenile Hall.

Ways to make it better...

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

hope to be as compassionate, kind, organized and patient as those who in fact do run it.

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

the smiles, love, and warmth that I receive...not only from those who run AYP, but also from those who are its benefactors.

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

patient, punctual, kind, effervescent, loving, warm and fabulous.

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

change the world. AYP could alter the way that incarceration is viewed in this country. I truly believe that with all the passion, determination and commitment that is put into this organization, a lot of prisons could be torn down and torn into parks, a lot of rehabilitation centers could be turned into yoga studios, and a lot of halfway homes could be turned into beautiful mentoring homes.

Ways to make it better...

I had known about AYP earlier.

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

the economic downturn, and the reality that many people believe punitive incarceration to be more effective than rehabilitative work.

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

AYP has been an inspiration to me, and I hope with all my heart that it grows to its highest potential.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 30, 2008

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December 30, 2008

This is a wonderful non profit, full of talented, amazing women. Every single day you work there, you can tell you are making a difference. I consider the opportunity to serve as a loving, supporting, respectful role model for these young girls as one of the great gifts of my life.

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

the girls' faces after each class

Ways to make it better...

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

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

the community, the support, and the love i give and receive

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

are strong, generous, inspiring women

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

touch and change the lives of so many youth at-risk, decrees violence in our streets, help girls who made bad life choices and teach them how to take better care of themselves and others.

Ways to make it better...

i had more changes to meet the other volunteers outside yoga classes

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 27, 2008

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December 27, 2008

Somewhere between the first check in and the last bow at the end of class, a magical calm sets in over the crowd of teens that I have the honor of teaching at the juvenile center with the Art of Yoga Project. Irregardless of what brings together to that room, we come together to move, try new poses, take risks, and breathe deeply. They say that yoga is a healing practice - and I believe it each time we spend an hour together and every time a participant looks me in the eye and says "Thank you for coming".

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

the attitudes of the students before and after class.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue the organic growth path that it is on.

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

the interaction with the teens.

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

great women - selfless and truly interested in delivering the best yoga experience to the girls and boys.

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

train more teachers, go into more group homes and juvenile centers.

Ways to make it better...

I could do this full time.

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

access to more juvenile halls, more teachers (funds to subsidize teachers?)

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

The staff at the Youth Center in San Mateo is really dedicated and really care about the well-being of the teens. I've been very impressed by many of the staff members that work there.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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