Dear URY Community,
Im writing you all with some tender emotions. As you may know, UpRising Yoga will be taking a temporary pause as we decided to take a break from our direct services in order to regroup, heal and recharge. Let me explain to you what that looks like and where things stand.
I'm pleased to report that the community yoga classes we established will be continuing on and SBCC will be scheduling them. The Probation Department decided to pause the yoga program at Central Juvenile Hall to respect the process of our transition and honor our commitments we established early on. I am working on this and yoga will return to incarcerated youth very soon!
As far as URY itself, we will continue to focus on the important stuff: self-care, healing for the healers, social and juvenile justice, prison reform and leadership initiatives. I will be working with the Board to determine how it can be structured more sustainably to meet its mission and collaborate with interested parties aligned with our cause. Please reach out with any ideas!
This has been a challenging process for me and for others, both emotionally and physically. It would be impossible for this to occur without some kind of apprehension moving forward. But I believe it is the right thing to do. URY will evolve into a better place regardless, but to me its more important that the movement that we started continues on. And it will. In your thoughts, in your words and in your actions.
Thank you all for your dedication and support for all that we do! Please stay in touch while URY is on sabbatical, and you can find me here or at Yoga For Healing Trauma. With this program I will be holding trainings and I have several upcoming speaking engagements to carry on our good work!
Gratitude and thanks to all of you who believe in me.
With much love and many blessings,
Jill Marie Ippolito