The children of Amurt Haiti's Child Friendly Spaces
TEACHING YOGA TO STAFF MEMBERS OF AMURT HAITI’S CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES INITIATIVE
As yoga, mindfulness, and meditation continue to demonstrate the capacity to heal, inspire, reduce stress, and improve health in widely diverse settings, the yoga community has come together to support he work of expanding access to these transformational practices.
The YSC mission is to develop a community of professional support in the field of yoga service, engaged in helping YSC members move from inspired to effective in using the tools of yoga and mindfulness to reach underserved and vulnerable populations. This collaborative community welcomes the knowledge and experience of yoga teachers, therapists, social service providers, educators, health professionals, and researchers in an effort to support this mission.
Current YSC initiatives include the annual Yoga Service Conference at the Omega Institute, with a strong dedication to providing scholarship opportunities for attendance and a twice annual peer-reviewed Yoga Service Journal, which provides a forum for sharing major initiatives, advances, and research in the yoga service field, focused on providing practical information that our members can use immediately to help advance their work. Long term goals include the establishment of a mentorship program, the promotion of collaborative research, and increasing access to professional quality training in the field.
SFF is a vital NY organization that provides shelter and support to survivors of domestic violence and sex trafficking. We partner with SFF to offer free yoga and mindfulness classes to women and children survivors. To learn more about SFF visit www.sanctuaryforfamilies.org. To help support us in this work, email email@example.com
In June of 2010 LFY founder Jennifer Cohen Harper traveled to Haiti with the Life is Good Playmakers, as part of a group training 25 youth workers from AmurtHaiti, all leaders in developing child friendly spaces in tent cities around Port-au-Prince. In Haiti now, many of the child friendly spaces are transitioning to schools, and the original team that we trained is training other teachers and community leaders throughout PAP. LFY continues to provide support, yoga mat donations, and teaching materials. To learn more about AmurtHaiti click here and to learn more about the Life Is Good Playmakers click here.
The Home for Little Wanderers is a Boston based organization dedicated to ensuring the healthy behavioral, emotional, social and educational development and physical well-being of children and families living in at-risk circumstances. Staff members at The Home were trained by LFY in yoga and mindfulness skills, and launched a very successful pilot program at one of it’s group homes for teens. The Home runs seven group homes for children with a wide range of challenges, and is working to expand access to yoga to all of them. If you are a yoga teacher in the Boston area and would like to help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the Home visit www.thehome.org.
The Blossom Garden Children's home in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is a government run residential home for children housing up to 80 infants and children at a time. We've been visiting twice a year since 2008, teaching yoga, reading stories and giving out hugs. If you would like to make a donation to Blossom Garden, or arrange a visit, be in touch and we will connect you with the director.