How we work

We help others build self-acceptance and resiliency.

Project yoga gives underserved communities a chance to experience the emotional and physical well being that can result from learning the practices of yoga and mindfulness. Write something here about helping others see new pathways, how one views their body and a healthier connection to the emotions and thoughts. Perhaps refer to articles like http://www.yoga4classrooms.com/yoga-4-classrooms-blog/scientific-evidence-for-yoga-and-mindfulness-in-schools-how-and-why-does-it-work 

Over the course of a program, Project Yoga teaches poses, mindfulness techniques and breathing exercises that address the needs of the group. Need copy here: maybe specifics on a couple of approaches here (restorative for moms in crisis, alternative nostril breathing for calming racing thoughts, etc). The common thread in all Project Yoga programs is teaching people how to find the ease in a pose and calm one’s thoughts. We also focus on teaching breathing techniques that aid in stress relief and help to calm the nervous system.

From a physical standpoint, yoga stretches not only muscles but the soft tissues of the body. That includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds the muscles of the body. In one recent study, participants had up to 35% improvement in flexibility after only eight weeks of yoga. Added strength, endurance, improved posture and breathing are also reported. Project Yoga’s certified instructors are trained to be mindful of varying levels of ability and how to modify poses for safety.

Project Yoga crafts curriculum to each program’s participants. Our teachers are all certified and insured. We follow a lesson plan, but as the group gets in sync, we have also been known to go off script too. Classes are light-hearted. Project Yoga teachers instruct how each pose can be modified so that everyone can participate at the level they’re comfortable. We emphasize that yoga is not a competitive sport–that’s why we call in a “practice!” 

On a practical level, all mats and props are provided. We look for a room at each facility that has enough clear space to allow for a comfortable practice, free from people passing through or noisy distractions. 

Interested in learning more? gina@projectyogacincinnati.org.

 

FACTS AT A GLANCE (reword)

The numbers are sobering -or- How Project Yoga Helps 

NOTE: The images used here represent three types of messages that need some more thought: 1) PY facts/research and points worth sharing, 2) area specific awareness/education points, and 3) visuals that depict Project Yoga specific differentiators.

What are we trying to accomplish? What is Project Yoga's role? How are we qualified? What's our impact? What does a Project Yoga class look like? How many stats do we need? 

Childhood poverty in Cincinnati is double that national average. Ohio leads the nation in high schools that graduate less than 60% of students. One in five teens and adults suffer with mental illness. Ohio leads the nation in opioid deaths. Twenty five percent of pediatric office visits are for emotional or behavioral problems. 

The list of negatives could continue. It's easy to be overwhelmed by the stats. We blah blah blah.