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The Art of Yoga Project
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

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field

The Art of Yoga Project
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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

The Art of Yoga Project
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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I worked with incarcerated girls in 2 Bay Area counties, teaching yoga and meditation and helping to find inspiration through creative arts.