I first became acquainted with the Sean O'Shea Foundation when I received a flyer for a free chair yoga training for educators from a school nurse I worked with. The training was phenomenal, and quite exceeded my expectations. As a Licensed Mental Health Clinician working in a day treatment high school in San Diego, I learned that I could apply to have the SOSF work with the students in weekly yoga classes....for free! I jumped on the opportunity to bring a great resource to the at-risk, high-need population that I worked with. Many of the students were up against challenges such as mental illness, severe behavior issues, gang pressures, trauma, learning disabilities, teen parenting, violent neighborhoods, and chronic socioeconomic stressors. The Sean O'Shea Foundation ended up working with the students at the school for not just 7 weeks, but several years, and in the process changed a student body and the staff supervising them with their positive message of health, resilience, and taking control over one's circumstances through strength of mind and body. Through the discipline of yoga and nutrition classes, students learned skills to move through life, and in doing so also were surprised to see significant amounts of emotional and physical pain lift. They now had a skill and a hobby to feel good about and mentors that believed in them and demonstrated kind and gentle consistency in their words and actions. Through this process the students developed mental and physical strength and resilience. The staff that participated (myself included) benefited from weight loss, calmer work days, and a nice camaraderie with one another and the students participating. In addition to being a licensed marriage and family therapist, I am also a facilitator of mind-body skills groups developed by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and the SOSF message strengthened and reinforced the group curriculum I was teaching to the students, and led to a synergistic process in their journey of self-care. The story of the tragic loss of Sean O'Shea, a man of many virtues, is one the students can identify with, as the lives of many of them have been peppered with loss. They get to experience something beautiful that grew out of the O'Shea family's loss, and develop hope for their own beauty to grow out of their own losses. I can't say enough about how authentic, inspiring, effective, and professional the Sean O'Shea Foundation Non-Profit Yoga Programs are. It is a direct correlation to the staff who run them. I am proud to be serving on the board of directors of this amazing foundation.
I have been volunteering with the Sean OShea Foundation for the past few months and have seen first hand the beautiful impact these programs have on the community. I am truly honored to be part of these efforts!!!
I have never been so proud to be part of a team, as I am with the Sean O'Shea Foundation. The mission and heart behind the organization are what drive it's authenticity, and that is seen and felt by all the children who are served by it. It's not just about finding peace, but sharing it with those who are struggling or suffering- and that is what the Sean O'Shea Foundation is all about!
The level of impact provided by the Sean O'Shea Foundation is truly beyond words. From elementary schools to hospitals to juvenile detention centers, the message of mindfulness, harmony, and self-care provided by the foundation extends far beyond even one lesson. Additionally, the CALM Kids program empowers school administration and staff to ensure these integral messages are shared in hundreds of classrooms (if not more). The work being done on behalf of the foundation is powerful, visible, and necessary in order for a society to be not just a society, but a community.
It is truly an honor to be a part of the Sean O'Shea Foundation! The work this organization does for our youth is incredible.
I helped to develop the Sean O'Shea Foundation's Mindfulness program, CALM Kids, which SOSF is now taking into Title I schools in San Diego's disadvantaged neighborhoods. The Foundation and its Board of Directors are fully dedicated to serving communities that are least likely to receive mindfulness interventions, yet would benefit so greatly from them. In some schools, children are not only facing the challenges of poverty and housing insecurity, but also the looming threat of losing family members to deportation. The beauty of CALM Kids (which stands for Chair-based Activities for Learning Mindfulness) is that it is being taught to educators, school psychologists & counselors, so that they can create a regular practice in their classrooms and offices. The Foundation provides full and partial grants so that schools and programs that serve at-risk kids can afford a mindfulness program that might cost thousands of dollars elsewhere.
I have worked with SOSF board members and educators to develop and teach SOSF's CALM Kids program. I so appreciate everyone's unwavering commitment to making a mindfulness practice accessible to those kids who need it most. We work with school teachers, helping them get comfortable with talking about and teaching mindfulness through breathing, stretching and centering practices. I've been teaching a six-week CALM Kids class in a North County school that serves a low-income demographic. Teachers have shared that their classroom is more manageable, and the kids tell me each time how calm and peaceful they feel after our 15 minute practice. This week, before spring break, the kindergartners gave me a big group hug! Making mindfulness a habit is a simple, effective way to increase connection, participation, self-worth and performance. The Sean O'Shea Foundation is a grass roots, hands-on non-profit that is making a long-term difference in the lives of kids, schools and communities it touches!
I volunteered for the past 10 years in the yoga community. This year, I decided to devote my time to Sean O’Shea Foundation, an amazing organization dedicated to empower youth, helping them to get the tools they will need in their life. The dedication of the team at Sean O’Shea foundation is exemplary. Their various programs have a tremendous impact in the community. We focus on youth because they are our future. They deserve our full attention and all the support we can provide. That is what Sean O’Shea Foundation does.
This nonprofit changes the lives of the children it serves, through yoga and nutrition education. The transformation I have witness in the children it serves is unmatched to anything i have seen and this organization is truly doing the best work out there to help sick, underprivileged and at-risk youth build confidence, emotional resilience, and create a refuge of peace within themselves. The Sean O'Shea Foundation's work not only changes the lives of these kids, but it will by extension change our world.
The Sean o’shea Foundation is committed to providing incredible support to underserved children in our community through meditation and yoga classes. Their work with Juvenile Hall and RCH has made a huge impact on children’s lives. The calm kids program that the Sean O’Shea foundation has started is and will continue to make a big impact in our communities!
I had the honor of volunteering with the Sean O'Shea Foundation and have always been deeply appreciative of the wonderful service the SOSF team shares with the community. Not only do SOSF teachers share yoga and mindfulness in an array of settings from schools to hospitals, the team is incredibly kind, caring, and dedicated to sharing the gift of these practices with individuals and communities who might not otherwise have access.
I’ve been volunteering with SOSF for 9 months. It’s a commitment to serve those in need of a little lightness. There’s no greater feeling than stepping into the hospital and teaching/practicing yoga with patients, seeing them laugh as we try new poses with their siblings, seeing them relax into the movement, or simply taking a moment to just breathe and ground in.
The Sean O'Shea foundation has been providing Southern California youth with mindfulness practices and yoga for the past 10 years. In addition to offering their curriculum in schools they also offer yoga at Rady's Children's Hospital for kids battling cancer. The work they do in the community is priceless and has truly benefited so many.
The Sean O'Shea Foundation empowers youth through nutrition, yoga and mindfulness practices, giving youth important tools needed to self-regulate and manage their feelings constructively. Benefits include calmer classrooms and better grades.
It is a privilege and an honor to serve on the BOD of the Sean O'Shea Foundation.
The Sean O’Shea Foundation perfectly aligns with our mission at Zen Soul Balance - to empower youth through yoga, nutrition, and optimistic teachings that help to develop life skills. It is an honor to join forces and serve the community with this organization – enabling youth to take responsibility for their life, develop respect for themselves and others, and have confidence in their own potential. SOSF is making a positive impact on the world and we are grateful for the partnership!
The Sean O'Shea Foundation deserves 5 stars! It exceeds all of our expectations. The Foundation continues to grow and create programs to help the youth in our community. The CALM chair program is one of the newer ones...and when we advertise on social media it is amazing how many responses we get back by educators, sports teams etc with how interested they are and want more information. The youth today are met with such pressure and anxiety in school and home. The Sean O'Shea Foundation is an amazing resource to allow the kids to relax, stretch the body, and balance their thoughts...it allows their hearts, mind and body to be calm and take a breathe. It gives them strength to move onto the next endeavor. I highly recommend checking out the Sean O'Shea Foundation website and especially the videos on the website.
One of the most beneficial organizations around. Teaching kindness, patience, nutrition, mindfulness...and so much more. The Sean O'Shea Foundation makes a difference in the lives of of youth today. The art to breathe through anxiety or frustration and be able to relax the mind at such a young age.
As a board member and volunteer yoga teacher for the Sean O'Shea Foundation, I have seen the huge positive impact this organization has on at-risk youth in our community. I've seen first hand, increases in empathy and compassion, developing habits of pausing and reflecting before reacting to stress and negative situations and a deep understanding of how the nutritional choices kids make impact their short and long term health.
The Sean O'Shea Foundation is so valuable to at-risk youth and children with cancer. I have volunteered in classrooms and, in the hospital, for their program "yoga for kids with cancer". This foundation provides teachings of mindfulness, nutrition and health (physically and mentally), to children and their families. SOSF is making a difference in our community and the lives of the many children and families that are able to access it. I am so thankful to be a part of this fabulous nonprofit.
This foundation is amazing. I have taught for them in the classroom and at Rady's Children's Hospital. I have seen first hand the value in teaching yoga and nutrition. It effects and changes the lives of students, young children with cancer and their families. The skills that children learn through this program are priceless. They learn how to be mindful, thoughtful and peaceful while also learning how to incorporate a yoga practice in their lives. I am so lucky to be part of a foundation, which has such high expectations and goals, with the intention to teach children valuable life skills that they can practice and continue learn.
The work that our organization does is so important for our community! With all the stress & pressures kids have to face today, the gift of mindfulness is priceless! Proud to be a part of such a beautiful organization.
I have been a volunteer yoga teacher for the Sean O'Shea Foundation for almost 10 years. I have taught kids yoga to at-risk students at various elementary and middle schools. I also taught yoga at a juvenile court school for several years. Through yoga, young students are able to learn life skills to cope with stress and anxiety which are prevalent in today's school environment. Through many years of teaching, I have seen positive changes in children. When they relax their body and calm their mind, they are able to get in touch with true inner self and realize they are simply awesome!! Thus, their self-esteem and confidence increase and they are better able to face challenges in their lives. I am looking forward to many more years contributing to the Sean O'Shea foundation.
This is an amazing organization that is dedicated to helping children through schools and teaching teachers techniques in mindfulness which they can practice with students. When I first learned how the foundation was helping children in underprivileged communities, my first thought was I wish I had this when I was growing up. Also, that these practices will benefit all of our children. The nutrition and mindful practices go hand in hand to healthier happier children. Please support this foundation and make a difference in our community and the lives of the many children that have access to it.
The Sean O'Shea Foundation is one of those rare non-profits which benefits the children it was intended to serve beyond the financial contributions that it receives. This is possible because the men and women who serve give of themselves in a selfless way that exemplifies the person the foundation was created to memorialize. Sean O'shea was a kind, compassionate and giving person who lived with his heart and was a brilliant connector and communicator. Although there are many great causes, the Sean O'Shea Foundation brings something to children that they all need - A opportunity to learn self-worth and self-respect through mindfulness and nutrition education. I highly recommended other who want to be part of something bigger than themselves and a trusted community organization, to support the Sean O'Shea Foundation.
I am so proud of our organization: The Sean O'Shea Foundation. As both a board member and a Foundation teacher, I know how hard we work in the community to share our mindfulness programs with kids. Our CALM Kids program is designed to support classroom teachers in giving a "mindful break" to their students. We encourage breathing and gentle seated exercises to help students calm their bodies and reset their attention so they can be better learners. Further, we have teachers at Rady's Children's Hospital teaching yoga to children who have cancer and working with youth in the Behavioral Unit, plus teachers working at a San Diego juvenile hall. The responses we receive from our students, their parents and their teachers inspire us to continue our work. We encourage students to be confident, respectful, healthy and responsible for their life actions.
I have volunteered and served on the Board for two years. I have also been a staff teacher and CALM Kids teacher for the Foundation. Teaching mindfulness and breathing tequniques to children is a valuable tool. The majority of our young clients are over stressed. Our programs are designed to offer them peace and optimism. Whether Sean O'Shea Foundation teachers spend 15 minutes with them or an hour with them, the students learn coping skills to deal with stress. Our curriculum is well thought out and developed by school teachers, yoga teachers, nutritionists and psycologists. We strive to offer only the best programs to the schools and hospitals we serve- always adapting to their specific needs.
With all the maddness going around these days, its great to see an organization like this focus on young youth. Their ability to concentrate on focus, mindfulness, physical and mental health, as well as healthy eating practices are all powerful tools that need to be reinforced in todays society!
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This is such a great opportunity to share the benefits of yogas many positive aspects! From nutrition, promotion of mindfulness, to self confidence!
I've seen this organization grow from the beginning, and the wonders I've seen and experienced are mind blowing!!
I have been pleased to work very closely with The Sean O Shea Foundation for the past 7 years. These passionate yogis provide free yoga sessions for children undergoing chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants at our local children's hospital. I am continually awed at the skill and compassion of The Sean o Shea volunteers. This valuable service benefits the children and their families by easing their anxiety and pain, increasing energy and improving sleep and overall quality of life. But mostly the program provides valuable tools for self care that will last a lifetime. Heartfelt gratitude to this remarkable foundation.
The Sean O'Shea Foundation is a phenomenal organization and the work they do is truly miraculous! I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner caring for children with cancer and their families here in San Diego. Thankfully cure rates have increased dramatically; today a child with cancer has over an 80% chance of cure! Although the treatments are highly effective they come with numerous side effects including nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain and disruption in sleep patterns. This is where the gifted Sean O Shea yoga volunteers come in. Over the last 8 years these dedicated volunteers visit our patients and their families three times per week offering private individualized yoga sessions tailored to the specific needs of the patient and family. The volunteers provide a very relaxed mindful environment enabling the families to fully benefit from the yoga practice. Families report a sense of calm and peace that lasts long after the yoga session is complete. Many of the troubling side effects of treatment are greatly alleviated. Patients consistently report less pain and anxiety along with less nausea. They report better sleep quality and overall improved quality of life. The volunteers equip the families with these tools to continue their yoga practice in between the sessions thereby empowering them in their fight against this disease. It is my deepest hope that these special patients grow up to be Yogi's for life! My heart is filled with deep gratitude for all of the special Sean O Shea volunteers who have touched our families at the most difficult part of their lives
I attendees yoga classes with Sean O'Shea. He was an extraordinary presence on earth who spirit continues to touch the lives of our youth through this foundation. In teaching for this organization I was moved at how valuable it was to offer this to high risk and high need children. I highly recommend any participation in helping fulfill their mission!
It has been a great pleasure & truly rewarding to serve the children of our future in a positive way through yoga, mindfulness, & nutrition. To witnesss their transformation through the practice is a priceless gift - they are learning how to center & take care of themselves in a more loving way. I am excited for our future when I look into their eyes & know they have received the right tools through the Sean O'Shea Foundation to get through the rollercoaster that is life.
I have personally seen the change happen with these kiddos. What a phenomenal healing affect this program has on our disadvantaged youth and kids with cancer!
The Sean O'Shea Foundation exceeds all expectations by partnering with our school, SOAR Academy. Our school is located within Kearny Mesa's Juvenile Hall. The Sean O'Shea Foundation provides yoga class with an amazing yoga teacher to incarcerated, juvenile boys twice weekly, year-round. All of the boys in our unit of Juvenile Hall are experiencing PTSD symptoms and they have extreme stress responses including anger, suicidal behaviors, cutting behaviors, withdrawal, and many other symptoms of trauma. Our unit is actually called the Trauma Response Unit or TRU. Yoga is one of the only ways the students can calm down and reduce their stress. The Sean O'Shea Foundation (SOSF) is unique in that they provide a teacher that can adapt to our unique, and challenging, environment. There are days when the intercom rings twenty times during class. There are days when students are resistant. Yet, Marie, our teacher, that is provided by SOSF, persists and she is flexible to our students' exceptional needs. By serving the hundreds of students that move through our unit each year, SOSF, is affecting change in the lives of incarcerated juveniles that are often underserved and undervalued in our society. SOSF makes a lasting impact on our San Diego community because students will always be able to take the yoga and mindfulness skills that they learn in school with them as they exit our program. Thank you SOSF.
The SOF program has helped bring peace and wellness to our 4th and 5th grade students now for the past 6 years. Many of our students often experience stressful life situations such as poverty, immigration issues, sharing small apartments with other families or others, learning how to navigate an academic curriculum that does not match their linguistic or cultural backgrounds. Our students love it! They are learning to be more in tune with their breathing, be in the moment, practice mindfulness, and learn how to eat healthy. We are so grateful to have them work with a group of our students each year! The staff are so dedicated to this practice and to service--we are so appreciative of their dedication!
There is nothing like the benefits of yoga in helping "at risk" students experience the magic of a meditative practice that affects their mind, body and soul. Recent research show the great need for reflection is in enhancing learning and in addressing brain trauma as a result of a destructive past. Our students are labeled "at risk" because of being in a probationary or expelled status or are either a pregnant or parenting teen. The one hour yoga practice combined with nutrition classes is absolutely our weekly treat! Thank you Gloria for your vision to make this possible. And, thank you to all of you who have contributed with your support and donations to unfold Sean O' Shea Foundation's vision and legacy of love -Dr. Caroline Fernandez
In a world filled with stress, anxiety, pressure and challenges children are growing confused, stressed and uncertain of who they are, what they want and where they are going.
Kids need to center and balance their life. They need a moment to STOP, think, breathe and care for themselves. Self-love, self-care, self-value are things that we forget and replace with the necessity to please others.
The Sean O'Shea Foundation provides children with the opportunity to make a much necessary STOP in their day. To break away from the pressure and gift themselves with a safe space to think.
The Sean O'Shea foundation offer classes that allow kids to carve one hour of their day to breath, meditate, think, and re-evaluate. It promotes friendship and values such as respect, honor, self-love, harmony and gratitude among others. I admire what they do because without SOSF some of these kids would not have the opportunity to sit on a yoga mat and practice this beautiful discipline.
The best part of this is that the children attending the SOSF classes are more likely to pass on that love, that gratitude and respect they learn to others. How amazing it would be that we could reach more children, teach more and more of them to love and respect others and themselves. That is exactly what our children need... Love and respect. Let's give them the opportunity to receive it and give it back.
Let's support the Sean O'Shea Foundation!
I have been a volunteer with the SOSF "Yoga for Kids with Cancer Program" since the fall of 2011. We have worked at Rady's Children's Hospital's Hematology/Oncology wing, with countless kids, their siblings and parents. The gratitude and smiles we get, even in the midst of extremely challenging situations for these families, are instant proof that we are making a positive difference. We have kids that are there for many weeks clamoring to do yoga, to moo and mieow, or simply to take some slow breaths and fall asleep even as they start the session feeling cranky or anxious. Kids from ages 3 to 18 learn and benefit from yoga and breathing techniques, which they also use during their procedures and care.
The Sean O'Shea foundation is a great non-profit ...teaching our future generations to be more mindful!! I am behind their intention 100%!
I feel so honored to aid in continuing Sean O'Shea's vision of empowering at-risk youth to their full potential. I crossed paths with the Sean O'Shea foundation when I meet Gloria O'Shea when we were taking our yoga teacher training program together. The past 3 years I have been able to watch this non-profit grow and blossom. We are always evolving; currently we started a Nutrition committee which I am co-chair. We are updating our nutrition and yoga programs yearly with new perspectives and wisdom. I work as a yoga teacher and Clinical Registered Dietitian and am so grateful to also be a part of SOSF because they are changing the lives of the children. Mindfulness and proper nutrition is priceless knowledge. Prevention is key and to help educate children and reduce their risk of nutrition related diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease is so rewarding!! Way to go SOSF!!
I have been a board member and volunteer with the Sean O'Shea Foundation for 3 years. I've had the privilege of seeing first hand how the yoga, mindfulness and nutrition programs the Foundation provides for at-risk youth and the highly engaged teachers and volunteers have an incredible positive impact on the population they serve. I've seen first hand, increases in empathy and compassion, developing habits of pausing and reflecting before reacting to stress and negative situations and a deep understanding of how the nutritional choices kids make impact their short and long term health.
I both teach and serve as a Board Member for the Sean O'Shea Foundation. I have seen first hand the effects our yoga programs have on children. I recently began teaching C.A.L.M. Kids- a chair based mindfulness program to three high school classes. At the start of the semester, the kids would be agitated and resist the poses and breath work. However, by the end of the semester, the kids would be happy to see me arrive and I would look out at the class and see all the kids participating.
The Sean O'Shea Foundation teaches health and wellness to children and teens. In a time filled with school cutbacks, the SOS Foundation provides at risk kids with a different kind of activity- YOGA. I have taught in the program and the students' repsonses are overwelmingly positive. Plus, there is a nutrition element that many of the kids would otherwise not be taught. The O'Shea family and friends have worked so hard the last few years to create a great curriculum.
Before chosing to be a board member, I taught a class of 3rd to 5th graders for the foundation. The transition from the first week to the last week was amazing. I had two brothers who at the beginning were talking and roughhousing yet, in the last class, their mother's jaw dropped as she saw them lying in the final relaxation pose, completely still and quiet. The Sean O'Shea Foundation programs have expanded over the last 8 years to include thousands of at risk youth, ages 5-18, in our community including the Rady’s Children’s Hospital and their mindfulness program, CALM, that teaches them to be more mindful and calm. Their track record of continued service to the community is evident from the testimonials you can find at: http://www.seanosheafoundation.org/testimonials.html
The programs are offered before, during and after school and are geared to students 5-18 yrs old. They teach during P.E., health, science, or free period. The programs are available to all types of schools - public, charter, or private – and to other organizations that work with children. Scholarships are available for schools with a high percentage of at-risk youth or in communities that are considered economically disadvantaged. The emphasis of their program is a physical yoga practice, yet they also weave nutrition information, eco-green awareness, conservation, volunteerism, and mindfulness into the classes to build character and help children recognize how their choices impact their lives and the world around them.
I began my involvement with the Sean O’Shea Foundation as a volunteer shortly after I met Gloria during my Yoga certification at Mira Costa College in 2010. She shared her passion and the story of her son, Sean O’Shea, and even from this early moment, I felt connected to Sean and his compassion for others in his yogic path helping and supporting at-risk children. Since then I taught a few classes and specifically always enjoy relating the story of the mother with her three younger children who came to the last class of a seven week free program to her school and saw her 8 and 10 year old boys in savasana, completely calm. The jaw drop by her was priceless as these boys started out poking and goofing around early in the program. Since then, I’ve been involved as a board member supporting the continued enhancement and growth of the programs with so many testimonials of how our program impacted the whole social dynamics of so many children and young adults. Our children in this program are transformed into by learning about nutrition and yoga and “The Optimist Creed” that Sean taught in his yogic path. Our mission says it all: “To empower youth through yoga, nutrition and optimistic teachings that help to develop life skills that can enable youth to take responsibility for their life, develop respect for themselves and others, and have confidence in their own potential.”
SOSF is an organization of impact. The success of their work is trackable through data but most apparent in the children themselves. SOSF is changing lives by helping children quiet their bodies and their minds. Children who go through SOSF programs become responsible in school, their grades go up, they become healthier and they become leaders. I can't say enough good things about this organization and Gloria who works tirelessly serving SOSF kids.