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The Yogathon in Forsyth Park is this Saturday: April 9th, 2011 from 12-3pm. This is a benefit organized by Louie’s Kids to raise money to bring a ‘Fit Club’ to a school here in Savannah through COPE (Childhood Obesity Prevention & Education) The program will provide children with nutritional, physical and emotional tools to prevent and reverse the effects of obesity. I’m honored to be one of the yoga teachers leading the 108 Sun Salutations this Saturday.

You can be part of this great event in several ways: Click HERE  to donate. No donation is too modest… every bit helps! Or if you’d rather, you can Click HERE to join my team and participate (minimum $20 donation required- this can be your money or from sponsors that you recruit.)

I WILL be teaching my regularly scheduled Saturday, 11am Flow class at the Savannah Yoga Center the day of the event, then I’ll be heading down to Bandshell at Forsyth Park to join in on the Yogathon. For those of you who aren’t able to participate in the Yogathon, you can still get your practice in with me and then come down to the park to cheer us on!

We only have a few days left so don’t wait! If you can, please DONATE or register to PARTICIPATE right now. Whatever you do, spread the word and cheer us on from wherever you are!

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Ok, kiddies! Buckle those car seats in… we’re going to Yoga-town! It’s kinda like Funky-town, with less disco and more Om’ing.

Starting March 21, 2011,  every Monday, I’ll be teaching a Kids Yoga class at the the Yoga Co-Op Savannah.  Through yoga, we’ll  learn balance and gain strength through asana (poses). We’ll learn to focus through pranayama (breathing) and we’ll end class just like the grown-ups do… with a nice rest pose!

MONDAYS 4-4:45pm 

at The Yoga Co-Op Savannah

Kids ages 3-7

Parents can purchase a 4 class package for their little yogi for $45 or drop in at $13 per class. The Yoga Co-Op Savannah is located at 2424 Drayton St. Savannah, GA.  For contact info click HERE.

12-3pm, Saturday, April 9th in Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA is hosting a Yogathon to raise money for Louie’s Kids and COPE (Childhood Obesity Prevention & Education). The goal is to help raise money to fund a Louie’s Kids Fit Club in a Title I (low income) Savannah School next fall.  The Fit Club is a daily program that teaches children not only nutrition and physical fitness, but also addresses emotional blocks that keep children from living the best life that they can.

I am one of the teachers who will be leading the 108 Sun Salutations for the Yogathon. I’m thrilled to be part of this event and I’d love for you to be part of it too!

 

If you can participate in the 108 Sun Salutations (you don’t have to do them all, just do what you can),  click here to JOIN THE TEAM .  Our team name is FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK, I SUN SALUTE YOU! Team Dawn Smith.  Once you register with the team, email everyone you know for donations. They can donate right online. Every little bit counts.

If you can’t participate, you can always donate to the team anyway and spread the word. Click here to DONATE.

The day of the Yogathon, you can still join me at my regular class Saturday morning 11am-12:30 at Savannah Yoga Center and then  head down to the Forsyth Park to cheer the Yogathon participants on. I would love for you come down and share in the fun of the day, even if you don’t want to do the sun salutations, I hope you’ll consider being part of this event in anyway you can.

Whether it’s practicing with us out in the park, or donating money- know that you are doing good… for others and yourself. Even the seemingly smallest of offerings matters.

The first week back teaching yoga in the schools here in Savannah was great! A few changes this year: Dawn Tanis has joined the YYi, Inc. team and is teaching with me in two schools: Myers Middle School and Isle of Hope.  I am so grateful for the openness and support from the staff and faculty at our new school, Isle of Hope. And so happy and grateful to be in Myers Middle again. Coach Jeffries, Solomon and new addition, Coach Dunham are such great allies to have at Myers. 

The kids are excited and interested and I have to say, some of those kids are simply taking to yoga like a fish takes to water. The poses, the discussions, the tools to dealing with tough emotions and life ‘stuff’… most of them are so eager to learn how to use yoga to have fun and to help them through the tough stuff. They get it. I am thrilled to be bringing yoga to kids and if this week was any indication, they feel the same. Woo! 

If you would like to learn more about Youth Yoga Initiative, Inc. and donate time, money or expertise to this non-profit organization that brings yoga to Chatham County Schools in Savannah, GA, check out the YYi, Inc. site.  Many thanks!

YOUTH YOGA INITIATIVE, INC.

Youth Yoga Initiative, Inc. (YYi, Inc.) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded by Kelley Boyd (of the Savannah Yoga Center) and Jeanne Seaver of AeroEquity, Inc. to bring yoga to children in the Chatham County School District.  We teach free of charge to the students and the school district does not pay us. We rely entirely on donations and grants.

YYi 2008

2008 Youth Yoga Initiative Class

This our second year of teaching in schools in Savannah, GA. We teach in two schools currently, but would like to bring yoga to as many schools as possible. Funding is necessary to make that happen. If you are interested in donating money, time, or other expertise we would greatly appreciate any and all help you can offer. You can donate online at http://www.yyiinc.com/support/ or call 912.663.8728. 

All donations are greatly appreciated!

Much love, 

~dawn!

This week was demo-time for Youth Yoga Initiative. We demo a bit of asanas and talk about the benefits of yoga to the kids and introduce them to the program. This will be my second year teaching for Youth Yoga Initiative. It’s very cool to see kids get excited about moving their bodies and trying things they haven’t tried before. You look into the faces of children and see all this hope and enthusiasm bubbling under the surface and you also witness the hurt and confusion that we can all relate to in some way.

Many of these kids come from extremely tumultuous home lives and have few outlets for positive interactions.  In signing up for this program, they may learn some yoga poses and that’s great, but if  they walk away from this experience with even an iota of knowing that they are valued, they are important and that they can live a life that is peaceful and joyous even though everyone around them may say otherwise, then yoga has done it’s work.

Dawn Smith

Fun musings. Cool info.
Yoga on and off the mat.

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