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Yoga Impact in Schools

Adolescents from vulnerable and underserved communities are exposed to unique life stressors and trauma that may negatively affect academic achievement and performance. Yoga and mindfulness programs in K-12 have gained popularity over the last decade, as a promising intervention that could alleviate some of these inequities. While these programs cannot erase the structural issues that beset many public schools (e.g.,…

Meet the Y.O.G.A for Youth NC Advisory Board

Azucena Santana “I’m serving on the advisory board because I believe it’s important to ensure our Latinx/Hispanic community is aware of Y.O.G.A. for Youth and its benefits.” Kenneth Strickland “I am on the board to advocate for marginalized children. I want to ensure the Y.O.G.A. for Youth curriculum is culturally competent, developmentally appropriate, and empowering.” Calvin Carter “As a Kundalini…

Y.O.G.A for Youth Teacher Training

While we are still monitoring the current COVID-19 situation, we are thrilled to still be able to offer our teacher training. Next training is August 12th to August 16th 2020 in Durham, North Carolina. Reach out to keval@yogaforyouth.org for any questions or if you would like to schedule an informational call.

Y.O.G.A. for Youth North Carolina

Y.O.G.A. for Youth North Carolina

Yoga for Youth Partnership with Ovanova

Have you ever been curious about incorporating more sustainable practices in your daily life? Did you know that the U.S. solar industry has grown significantly in the past decade while the cost of solar has declined by nearly 70 percent? As a result, solar energy has become a viable option for homeowners in terms of efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Some other…

Meet our Y4Y North Carolina Director and Teachers

Keval Kaur Khalsa, M.A., is a Professor of the Practice of Dance & Theater Studies at Duke University, a Kundalini Yoga Lead Teacher Trainer, and a Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher Trainer.  As a faculty member in the Duke University Dance Program for 31 years, Keval Kaur directed the Dance Program for seven years, and teaches courses in dance, Kundalini Yoga…

Yetunde Price Resource Center

The Yetunde Price Resource Center (YPRC) collaborates with partner organizations to offer trauma-informed programs that promote individual and community-wide healing and resiliency. YPRC works to ensure that victims of direct or indirect senseless violence have complete access to existing resources and that where there is a dearth in services, new resources are created.

Off The Mat: Meet Kenneth Strickland

 Kenneth Strickland is a 27-year-old Memphis, Tennessee native, currently serving as one of the lead yoga instructors for the Y.O.G.A. for Youth research project being conducted at Phillips Middle School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Kenneth studied psychology and education at Duke University, and now leads before and after school programs at E.K. Pole Elementary School, a public school in…

Q&A with Danielle Riley, Positive Behavior Specialist

Q: What does being a Positive Behavior Specialist entail? What do your days look like? A: I do a little bit of everything. My priority is caring for our students and making sure they feel heard, respected and safe. I also collaborate with our guidance counselors and our social worker to make sure that every student feels supported and nurtured…

Off The Mat: Meet Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith is a 34-year-old lead yoga instructor from Los Angeles, California, who has been working with Y.O.G.A. for Youth N.C. since 2013. Victoria is currently serving as one of the Lead Teachers for the Y.O.G.A. for Youth research project being conducted at Phillips Middle School in Chapel Hill. She is also on the Board of Advisors for Y.O.G.A. for…

Q&A w/ Lauren Sibley, Program Coordinator at Bull City Fit

Q: What do you do at Bull City Fit and how did you get to where you are today? A: I’m the program coordinator for Bull City Fit (BCF), which means I do all the behind-the-scenes work and am on site whenever we’re open. I’m also in charge of creating and maintaining community partnerships (such as what we’re doing with Y.O.G.A. for…

YOGA for Youth NC continues 2017 CAPS Programming

The Durham Arts Council, Creative Arts in Public & Private Schools/Community (CAPS) program has renewed their 2 year contract with Y.O.G.A. for Youth NC which allows us to participate in after schools programs. Here is a list of a few of the schools we have worked with so far in 2017: Roger-Herr Middle School The School for Creative Studies Roger-Herr Middle…

Keval Kaur on Howie Shareff’s Talk Show

Tuesday, January 24 from 10-11am, Y.O.G.A. for Youth’s very own Keval Kaur will be the guest on Howie Shareff’s You Call This YOGA online talk show. She will be sharing about teaching yoga to young people from my perspective as the Y.O.G.A. for Youth NC Regional Coordinator for the past 10 years. If you are able to watch the show…

B.O.O.S.T. #2 – BEST PRACTICES and INCENTIVES to Manage Behavior and Deepen Engagement

Y.O.G.A. for Youth B.O.O.S.T. (Building Our Organization Stronger Together) Techniques to Increase Your Students’ Ability to Disseminate Yoga Teachings. Exploring ways to engage Students in their yoga practice more deeply and giving students the confidence to share what they’ve learned in class with their parents and friends.

B.O.O.S.T. #1 – Techniques to Increase Your Students’ Ability to Disseminate Yoga Teachings.

Y.O.G.A. for Youth B.O.O.S.T. (Building Our Organization Stronger Together) Techniques to Increase Your Students’ Ability to Disseminate Yoga Teachings. Exploring ways to engage Students in their yoga practice more deeply and giving students the confidence to share what they’ve learned in class with their parents and friends.

New YOGA For Youth Partnerships in 2015: Chatham County

Many thanks to Communities in Schools of Chatham County for inviting Y.O.G.A. For Youth to work in Chatham County Middle School this Fall! Assistant Teacher Emily Silverman reflects on the experience at Chatham Middle School: “We met a total of 19 girls, and many came to more than half of the classes. Several attended every one! For our last class,…

YOGA For Youth is now a CAPS Artist in Residence in local elementary and middle schools!

We are so excited about our new partnership with the Durham Arts Council to bring yoga workshops to local elementary and middle schools through their CAPS (Creative Arts in Public and Private Schools) Artists in Residency program! CAPS is a program that provides an easy-to-use and effective way for educators to integrate the arts into the curriculum. This longstanding program places professional artists in…

2015 December Benefit Class For Y.O.G.A. For Youth NC

On Friday, December 4th, 2015 Y.O.G.A. For Youth NC hosted a benefit class to raise money for open community yoga programming in Durham and Raleigh. It was a joyful gathering of friends of YFY NC, and local Kundalini Yoga teacher Amanda May led us in an energizing hour of yoga followed by live gong playing from Alisha Nissenfield of Strong…

New YOGA For Youth Partnerships in 2015: Wake County

2015 has been a year of growth for our Y.O.G.A. For Youth NC regional branch, and we could not be more excited about all our new partnerships! This summer, we expanded into two new Wake County sites with Passage Home and Track My Steps. Passage Home is an organization working to break cycles of poverty in the communities they serve…

Pregnant Teens & New Mothers Benefit from Yoga [VIDEO]

Thomas Riley High School in Los Angeles is one of the many sites where students benefit from yoga classes. Watch as these very special students share some of their experiences with Y.O.G.A. for Youth. We are always looking for dedicated individuals to serve as volunteers, teachers, and sponsors- please drop us a line with any feedback or ideas! Sat Nam!…

Y.O.G.A. for Youth at Summer Solstice 2015

Sat Nam and thank you to everyone who supported Y.O.G.A. for Youth at Summer Solstice this year! Thanks to your generous support we raised over $6,600 through raffle ticket sales for our Opportunity Drawing, as well as sales of Curriculum Guides and CDs. Wahe guru!! This year we were able to offer some very special prizes, which included gemstones, jewelry,…

Y.O.G.A. for Youth in the Huffington Post

Kundalini Yoga Used to Reach Youth In Underserved Communities and Juvenile Detention Centers By Antoinette Brock “Kundalini yoga teaches you how to understand your relationship with the world. We can say a thousand times, “We are one.” But saying is not believing and believing it, is not actualizing it in your life. What’s missing as the cultures have evolved to the…

The Positive Impact of Yoga & Meditation on Youth

Today in the United States, yoga and meditation are more popular than ever.  As people continue to seek out alternative methods for personal health and happiness, these ancient technologies move ever closer to mainstream view.  As popularity grows, several major international universities have conducted research into how yoga and meditation might benefit today’s youth. A July, 2013 article in Forbes…

January Heroes of the Month: Stephanie and Jessica

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Nan, Lead Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher, with Stephanie , Y.O.G.A. for Youth Mentee, and Jessica, who is sponsoring classes for Stephanie at her yoga therapy studio. Stephanie Galvez-Ramirez is a junior at Enloe High School and a Y.O.G.A. for Youth mentee under the guidance of Lead Teacher Nan Maule.   Nan has this to say about Stephanie, “Stephanie is kind, smart, accepting, helpful…

Hero of the Month: Amanda May

Amanda May RYT 200, CYT, Reiki Master (RM) Amanda was part of the 2014 Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher training and became involved immediately. She is full of enthusiasm and fresh ideas, working to raise funds and make connections for future programming. She’ll also be teaching with Y.O.G.A. for Youth in 2015. Thank you, Amanda!   A fairly recent transplant to…

Hero of the Month: Nancy Cole

I am very happy and grateful to be a part of Y.O.G.A. for Youth in North Carolina!  I serve as the assistant regional coordinator and help with managing the finances, supporting the teachers and working with other organizations who support us or contract with us to provide yoga programs. I am inspired by our wonderful teachers who are so passionate…

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…

Langar 06 Sep

  Yoga Para Jóvenes y Langar IKYTA México se úne por el placer de servir. Sábado 06 de Septiembre 2014 Hora: 10:00 AM ASHRAM DE GURU ARJAN Calle Niños Héroes de Chapultepec Del. Benito Juárez, México D.F.  (cerca del Metro Villa de Cortés) Tel. 55 79 65 15 Puedes aportar: -Frijoles Bayos enlatados. La sierra -Lechuga romana -Jitomate -Aguacate -Servilletas…

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 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…

Curso de Especialización Yoga para Jovenes

  Te invitamos al Curso de Especialización Yoga para Jovenes, es de 15 horas, y su objetivo es preparar a maestros de yoga experimentados, de manera que puedan acceder a enseñar a jóvenes en riesgo, especialmente a quienes están privados de su libertad. Aportar herramientas para generar medios creativos que facilitan las enseñanzas de los 8 principios y la presentación…

FECHAS NIVEL I

Krishna Kaur en Expo Ser Yoga

  Kirshna se presenta en la ExpoSerYoga  en el WTC,  se presentará en el Foro Ser Yoga:  el día Sabado 14 de Junio a las 14:30 hrs. nos hablara sobre Kundalini Yoga, el Yoga de la Conciencia. El Domingo 15 de Junio a las 10 hrs en la Sala Meditación con el Tema: El Sendero Real de la Conciencia.

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

  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…

NIVEL 2

NIVEL 2 MENTE Y MEDITACIÓN SEMANA DE INSCRIPCIONES DEL 29 DE ABRIL AL 2 DE MAYO Costo (Incluye manuales y DVD): $12,000 (incluye membresía IKYTA México) $11,500 socios IKYTA $11,000 (pronto pago hasta 1 de mayo) Incluye alimentos y hospedaje Consulta nuestros planes de pago (6 y 10 mensualidades) info_ypj@yogaparajovenesmexico.com Source: Y.O.G.A. para Jovenes

El Arte de Compartir

Yoga para Jovenes de la mano con  Ikyta México, realizó el pasado 12 de Abril el Langar en el cual se elaborarón casi 500 tortas para compartir en el centro de coyoacan al sur de la ciudad. El arte de compartir es darse la oportunidad de servir al otro, de reconocernos en el otro.. Queremos agradecer a todos aquellos alumnos,…

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…

Langar 12 Abril

  El langar representa una actividad de servicio desinteresado para la comunidad consistente en la elaboración de alimentos sagrados que se repartirán gratuitamente a cualquier persona que tenga a bien recibirlo.  Se Incluye en la preparación y repartición de los alimentos un programa de convivencia entre los participantes convocados consistente en mantras, meditación y convivencia en general entonados en la…

Propedéutico

Propedéutico para la formación de Maestros con Krishna Kaur Sábado 22 de marzo del 2014 Ashram de Guru Arjan, Ciudad de México Impartido por Shabd Kaur. Si buscas certificarte como maestro de Yoga, no te pierdas la oportunidad de prepararte para la formación de maestros de Kundalini Yoga y ser parte de la cadena dorada, tener el privilegio de servir…

Formación Nivel 1

  FORMACIÓN DE MAESTROS DE KUNDALINI YOGA NIVEL I Certificación de KRI válida internacionalmente, avalada por IKYTA México INICIO:   SABADO 04 DE OCTUBRE 2014 Dirigida a todas las personas que deseen experimentar un proceso de tranformación. Capacitadora líder: Krishna Kaur Khalsa Asistida por: Sat Tara Singh Khalsa, Shabd Kaur Khalsa y capacitadores invitados. Duración: 200 horas distribuidas en 8…

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

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

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.…

Awareness and Action in a Los Angeles Resource Center

Since 2011, Y.O.G.A. for Youth has teamed up with L.A. Care to provide Yoga classes for the local community. L.A. Care is the only community-based health plan of its kind. Its mission is not only to provide health care plans, but also maintain resource centers to which community members can go to learn about the options of high quality health…

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.…

Hero of the Month: Nina Be

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013 Nina Be – Teaches for Y.O.G.A. for Youth and brings yoga to the Triangle community  NINA BE (MA, MEd, E-RYT-500, NCC, IAYT) is the Director of MindBody Centering Yoga & GLOBAL BREATH STUDIO slated to open 11/17/13 @ 119 W. Main Street in Durham.  She is a teacher, yoga therapist, certified counselor, writer, restauranteur, artist and performer, who has…

Recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Durham Crisis Response Center

Y.O.G.A. for Youth NC Continues to Serve Survivors and Their Children “I feel like a new person.”  This was a comment from an 8-year-old Latina student after one of our yoga sessions. Y.O.G.A. for Youth NC has entered its fourth year of programming for mothers and children in the Latina Women’s Support Group run by the Durham Crisis Response Center,…

Hero of the Month: Yoga Activist

OCTOBER 2013 Y.O.G.A. for Youth and Communities In Schools of Orange County are off and running, bringing yoga to various public schools near you every weekday – and sometimes on Saturdays too!  We could not have gotten off to such a seamless start without the organization Yoga Activist.  Thanks to the most recent teacher training, we were prepared with plenty of teachers and assistants, but…

Hero of the Month: Our Teacher Training Class

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER: Our Summer 2013 Teacher Training Class This August 21-25, thirteen amazing yogis participated in our 40-hour Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher Training– the fourth training held in North Carolina over the past six years.  Co-taught by Y.O.G.A. for Youth Founder Krishna Kaur from Los Angeles and Y.O.G.A. for Youth Regional Coordinator Keval Kaur Khalsa, participants focused on subjects ranging from…

Hero of the Month: Sat Ardas Singh

JULY 2013 Sat Ardas Singh graduated from the Durham Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher Training course in the spring of 2011, and quickly rose to being a Lead Teacher with Y.O.G.A. for Youth.  This summer, he is back by popular demand at the Raleigh-based Justice Theater Projects’ Summer Camps in Raleigh and Durham.  This spring, Sat Ardas served as a Lead…

Hero of the Month: Paura Heo

JUNE 2013 Paura Heo Program Director, Communities In Schools of Orange County, Inc. “I celebrate myself! I celebrate you! I am lover of learning and un-learning.  And, my Practice has provided a grounding that allows me to move through life freely.” The product of two devotees, a monk and a nun turned laypersons, Paura found a meditation and yoga practice very…