Hero of the Month: Duke’s Community Care Fund


“Doing Good in the Neighborhood”

Moving Towards Recovery is a program of yoga and theater for clients and their children from the Durham Crisis Response Center who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.  This program expands upon a successful 3-year collaboration between Y.O.G.A. for Youth and DCRC’s Latina support group by opening up the opportunity to participate to all DCRC clients, staff and volunteers.  This non-threatening, holistic approach to coping and recovering includes techniques of breathwork, movement, postures, relaxation and meditation. Shared through bi-weekly classes, these techniques strengthen and regulate all systems of the body, slow down and focus the mind, and create a stronger relationship to self.   In addition, 2 Theatre of the Oppressed workshops and an interactive theatre performance open a safe, participatory space  where movement, gesture, sound, and language help develop participants’ sensory awareness, ability to dwell in the present moment, and “rehearse for” real-life situations.

What participants have to say:

On theater of the oppressed: “It is good that in a setting like this we can kind of peel some of the layers away and surprise ourselves with what’s underneath.”

On bi-weekly yoga: “When I started, my body was really, really tight.  I couldn’t move.  All my muscles were in pain.  Now, I feel that I can move, I don’t have any more pain, my body is very relaxed.  It’s something that helps me to exercise.  My body is much more flexible.”


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Y.O.G.A. for Youth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.