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Hero of the Month: Our 2014 Graduates!

The 2014 Durham Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher Training brought together 14 amazing yogis for a 5-day intensive with Y.O.G.A. for Youth founder/executive director Krishna Kaur and NC regional coordinator Keval Kaur Khalsa.  This beautiful diverse group included two undergraduate students from Duke and UNC-CH, yoga teachers, counselors, and education professionals from Durham, Wake, Orange and Chatham counties, as well as…

Hero of the Month: Duke’s Community Care Fund

Hero of the Month: Duke’s Community Care Fund

AUGUST 2014 “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…

YOGA RESOURCE: Literature Review of Yoga Research

YOGA RESOURCE: Literature Review of Yoga Research

Yoga Activist worked with The George Washington University to assess 19 studies on yoga’s benefits – including studies on youth.  (And Yoga Activist collects yoga mats – which Y.O.G.A. for Youth uses in the Chapel Hill middle schools!) At the request of Jasmine Chehrazi, Founder of YogaActivist.org, a group of nine graduate students enrolled in the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program…

Wake County Pilot Program

Wake County Pilot Program

  Thanks to our new partners, You Call This Yoga, we were able to start a yoga program at Enloe High School! Over the past six weeks, Y.O.G.A. for Youth classes have been offered in a pilot program at Enloe High School.  We introduced yoga to the students in an enrichment program called CONCERT, which is active in several schools in Raleigh.  Through…

Hero of the Month: Simrit Prem Singh

Hero of the Month: Simrit Prem Singh

  MAY 2014 Simrit Prem Singh (Kevin McDonough) began dedicating his time to Y.O.G.A. for Youth this year, stepping in and subbing for teachers. He plans to teach more over the course of this year as Y.O.G.A. for Youth grows. I have been doing yoga for more than ten years and was introduced to kundalini in 2010.  I am thrilled to be a…

Hero of the Month: Victoria Coleman

Hero of the Month: Victoria Coleman

APRIL 2014 This past Fall, Victoria began working as a teacher assistant with Y.O.G.A. for Youth’s Mind & Body and After 3 programs. She recently began lead teaching at Culbreth Middle School in Chapel Hill. Victoria has a Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology-Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. Victoria  background is in mental health counseling.  She has worked as…

Hero of the Month: Jordan Harrell

Hero of the Month: Jordan Harrell

MARCH 2014 After doing the Summer 2013 Teacher Training, Jordan has been involved with Y.O.G.A. for Youth as an assistant teacher, and served as lead teacher for one of the “After 3” programs with Communities in Schools.  She taught at three middle schools in Hillsborough — where she herself went to school!  She also brought her background in media production…

Y.O.G.A. for Youth at the Wright School

Y.O.G.A. for Youth at the Wright School

This month, Y.O.G.A. for Youth began an 8-week pilot program at the Wright School North Carolina Re-Education Program in Durham.  Run by the NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of State Operated Health Care Facilities, the Wright School provides best practice, cost-effective residential mental health treatment to North Carolina’s children, ages six to twelve, with serious emotional and…

Hero of the Month: Jeff Faulkner

Hero of the Month: Jeff Faulkner

FEBRUARY 2014 Jeff Faulkner teaches science at C.W. Stanford, where he helped get the Mind-Body Program started .  He sets a great example, encouraging his students by participating in our yoga class each week. Here’s what Jeff thinks about Y.O.G.A. for Youth: The Y.O.G.A. for Youth program is a perfect fit for the theme and vision of CIS Mind/Body after-school.…

Hero of the Month: Sotar

Hero of the Month: Sotar

JANUARY 2014 David “Sotar” Hoffman Teaches multiple Y.O.G.A. for Youth classes in the CIS program David “Sotar” Hoffman is a counselor, teacher, and wellness consultant, who blends together training in stress management, yoga, biofeedback, Reiki, meditation, Feldenkrais, voice, and music.  As a song leader and group facilatator, he focuses on building community and discovering our oneness through music and movement.…