We at YD are so honored to be sponsoring our second Street Yoga training in NYC. We did our own training with founder Mark Lilly back in July 2011 and learned so much, not only about bringing yoga to at-risk youth, but how to do our own work internally, asking the important questions in preparation, to build a strong foundation from which to serve. We still use some of what we learned that weekend on our own mats or leading a class filled with them.
And so it’s doubly exciting to be able to offer to you our very first scholarship giveaway for Street Yoga’s NYC Training! It’s coming up quick (Jan 27-29) so read on about details and how to enter.
What is Street Yoga? Street Yoga is a non-profit org based out of Portland, OR that spreads mindfulness and healing to youth in need. They have programs in several cities across the country and in their trainings offer hands-on practice in teaching yoga and mindfulness to youth and families struggling with homelessness, poverty, abuse, addiction, trauma and behavioral challenges.
WIN: A half scholarship to the Jan 27-29 NYC training (regular full cost $290, so yours would be $145).
The Street Yoga Teacher Training is a 14 hour CEU workshop for those interested in learning how to teach yoga to individuals facing huge life struggles. Participants will learn how to weave yoga and mindfulness practices into youth activities and therapy work, about the trauma-healing effects of yoga, appropriate boundaries for touch and much more.
The training is NASW approved for Continuing Education Contact Hours for social workers, and yoga teachers may receive Yoga Alliance continuing education credits.
There are a few stipulations before entering:
1. We hope you are interested in learning more about working with these populations. (ps. even if you’re not entirely sure and just curious we promise it’s still totally worth it).
2. Winner must be able to attend the weekend of Jan 27-29. The training is being held at Sonic Yoga in Hell’s Kitchen (9th Ave between 50th and 51st). Friday 7:30 – 9:30pm, Saturday 12pm – 7pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm.
TO ENTER: Easy peasy. In the comments, tell us why you’re interested in the training. Short, long, verbose or in a few words, just make them your own.
Entries accepted until noon on Thursday, January 19th. Winner will be chosen at random and announced by Friday the 20th. Good luck!
Here’s a video interview with Mark Lilly talking more about the mission of Street Yoga.
Also, his take on the NYT body-wrecking sitch, as it were.
1) The biggest injury seemed to occur when people “forced it.” The same would happen with ballet, tennis, football, golf, kung fu. Any personal practice, if done for ego-gratifying reasons, might cause harm.
2) Some people take up yoga for externally facing reasons – to look better or to fit into a certain situation, or simply for exercise. If folks don’t go from that to an awareness that the whole point of yoga is to become more truthful with yourself, and to follow precepts of humility and grace, then there is more likelihood of “force” – self-generated – which can again, cause harm.
3) If one approaches yoga with a high sense of curiosity, and a firm willingness to accept with gentleness the findings within oneself, yoga is an invaluable practice. It’s not for the timid, or the overly striving, but in the words of Sri Nisargadatta, “if you are truly earnest and honest, the attainment of reality will be yours.” That’s what yoga’s good for, attaining a truthful reality about your self and everything, an understanding of total love and deep interconnectedness. Once you have those simple bits in hand, it’s far easier to decide what to do with the time you have left on this planet.
UPDATE: Congrats to….Logan! Thanks to all for your entries and more importantly your interest and passion. Stay tuned for more upcoming continuing ed giveaways like this. Namaste yds.
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