TRAUMA INFORMED YOGA TRAINING 2015
This powerful group of devoted students showed up ready and willing to roll up their sleeves. This training we met some experienced yoga teachers, some aspiring yoga teachers as well as first time yoga practitioners. We heard from powerful speakers about how yoga can be leveraged to bring healing to communities that need it, to incarcerated settings and to victims of child sex trafficking. Our amazing UpRising Yoga teachers anchored the training by sharing their experiences, leading yoga classes and facilitating discussions and sharing lavender essence (we love you DeJur!). Our beautiful students from our regular Wilmington class came to learn and participate. And Tandi, the beautiful woman shining in the backbend pic in juvenile hall, started her journey to become a 200 hour RYT this weekend, along with Rubi, Ursula, Mia and Mary Lou, Nick and myself. And our friends from Bikram Yoga University Village are ready to start an UpRising Yoga chapter in the desert!
We had students from Oklahoma, New York, Missouri, San Diego, Orange County, San Bernardino and more! Social workers, a foster parent, massage therapist, educators and a fire fighter were some of the professionals taking this work further. Such an impressive, engaged group!
This was the best training yet. Our volunteers, our gracious hosts at SBCC-Thrive, Laurie Searle, the UpRising Yoga Teachers, the UpRising Yoga Board, especially the Phenomenal Women Trio of Colleen Mooney, Rajashree Choudhury and Betsy Ha, the incomparable Jorja Leap, D'Lita Miller, the Probation Department and my husband Nick all conspired to make a special work of love so meaningful. There are no words, only feelings: honored, blessed, grateful and pure generous love.
Namaste, Jill Ippolito
Hi Jill, and the wonderful Uprising Yoga family!
I was in your last round of trauma-informed training, and I wanted to let you know some great news....After months of maneuvering the hoops, I finally started my yoga group at the juvenile detention facility I work at here in Bakersfield!!! As far as I know, it's the first yoga class/group in a lockup facility here in Kern County! I have taught two classes so far, and I have them set up on a weekly basis. I have 9 young men in my class (it's an 8-week session) right now who have never practiced yoga. They show up every week eager and willing to learn, laugh, and try new things! I am grateful to you and the Uprising Yoga community for reminding me of the importance of this work, for giving me the courage and strength to continue to advocate for these valuable youth who need us, and for the constant reminder that I'm not in this alone!
Feb 15th, 11:58am
Free Community Class Led by UpRising Yoga - Yoga in the Park!
Presented by the City of West Hollywood In recognition of American Heart Month and the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Campaign to promote heart health awareness.
Saturday, Feb 28th
West Hollywood Park
Great Lawn 625 N. San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
All Ages and levels welcome!
Beginning March 2015, UpRising Yoga will teach hatha yoga classes weekly at West Hollywood Park. Meet the instructors on February 28th!
Come enjoy UpRising Yoga in the park! The class will emphasize integrating mind, body, energy and breath all within a playful supportive environment.
Bring a yoga mat or towel
In case of rain the class will be held in West Hollywood Park Auditorium
Two hours free parking in the 5 story public parking lot with validation.
For more information about the City’s new recreation classes or to Register go towww.weho.org/recreation or in person at West Hollywood Park.
This incredible picture below is of my student at juvenile hall. She contacted me recently to say that she has been doing yoga every day since she got out & wants to become a yoga teacher! I'm amazed that I can certify & mentor her and then pay her to teach at any of our community classes we offer - in places that don't have yoga. What a gift yoga has offered me..I was in this same Juvi when I was a kid. Unbelievable healing I had to share!
Hopefully she will be coming to the UpRising Yoga Trauma Informed Yoga Training:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1501512796776895/ provided we receive a grant that I applied for. Many people wrote to see how they could help so we set this up: http://www.gofundme.com/uprisingyoga