We are so excited and deeply grateful to IberiaBank for its generous grant to supply the children in our Yoga for Children with Special Needs program at Ave Maria Preparatory School with unique props to enhance their yoga experience. A special thanks must go to our angel, Elisa Graber, Community Reinvestment Act Liason, who championed our cause. Elisa has received a raft of loving and adorable thank you letters from the children, who are thrilled. In addition to blocks, straps and new yoga mats the grant went to purchase Hoberman spheres and other equipment to enhance concentration, balance, and playfulness.
In addition we have received word that Community Foundation has conditionally approved an Immediate Needs Grant to Ave Maria earmarked specifically for the Karma Yoga Outreach program so that the children can continue their yoga into the spring term without hiatus. These grants will be instrumental in enhancing the lives of these beautiful and amazing children.
We still need another $800 to bring the program all the way to the end of the school year. And of course we continually need funding to keep the program going for future school years so these special children can continue to flourish. So please click the DONATE button on this page and give whatever you can. You can even make your donation recur monthly to help support us all year long.
Our program of Yoga for Children with Special Needs is unique. Now in our second school year, we currently teach all 65 children ages 6 though 22 enrolled at Ave Maria Preparatory School in Myakka City. The program has been so successful that the school’s administration has made yoga the first period of each school morning
Our brilliant and compassionate yoga instructors, Kerri Ann Stulce and Heather Tweed have advanced certification in teaching yoga to children with special needs. The program is specifically designed to integrate the practice of yoga to parallel and support other therapeutic modalities in addressingdifficulties with attention, self-regulation, speech and language, learning, and high and low muscle tone. This specialty yoga is geared specifically towards children with diagnosis that include High Functioning Autism/ Aspergers Syndrome, Sensory Processing Dysfunction, Learning Disabled and ADHD.
Since its inception in November of 2014, the program has had notable results. The academic faculty has noted that the children are noticeably calmer and less easily over-stimulated, less impulsive and distractible, more skillful at behaving within social boundaries, less disruptive or oppositional, better able to focus and more agile and able to engage their bodies more skillfully. Academic performance has shown marked improvement overall. Several faculty members have expressed their enthusiasm for how especially responsive and bright their children are in class after they have had yoga that morning. We are the only organization of yoga professionals in our community to offer this special service.
Karma Yoga Outreach, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non- profit organization, which depends entirely on donations and grants.
Please donate what you can. Any amount will help support these beautiful and special children the continuation of the transformative healing benefits of yoga for them.