The Sonima Foundation is expanding its yoga in school offerings to The Monarch School in San Diego with a one-year, $62,000 grant. The Sonima Foundation, formerly known as the Jois Foundation, also known as arguably the biggest and wealthiest yoga organization in the world, and the group triumphant (along with the Encinitas public schools) in the school yoga trial this summer, is on mission.
The Monarch School is a special public-private partnership between the San Diego County Office of Education and the nonprofit Monarch School Project, a 501(c)3 organization. They’ve served children affected by homelessness in the San Diego area since 1987 offering a ton of support services, and just recently moved to a newer and bigger campus five times the size of its previous location, which is now large enough to host programs like yoga.
While nowhere near the almost $2 million grant for Encinitas Union School District, $62k from Sonima will help fund yoga for Monarch’s 300+ students from k-12, covering the costs of equipment, the instruction, which we assume means payment for the teachers, and “other health and wellness teachings for students and staff members,” according to U-T San Diego.
A representative from Sonima said they wanted to build a relationship with the students at Monarch and “positively affect the community by adding a yoga curriculum to their lives.”
Monarch Schools CEO Erin Spiewak seemed pleased about the prospects:
The move “allowed us to pursue this opportunity because we now have the physical space to offer the program,” Spiewak said. The yoga program “will greatly enhance the social and emotional programming we offer our students, and support our ultimate goal of enhancing our students’ academic performance in the classroom.”
We think this is just the beginning. Meanwhile, the prosecution and concerned parental units wrings their hands in frustration.