Ivy Child International Board Co-Chair Lisa Wong Discussing The Corrosive Health Effects of Anti-Asian Violence

“It’s deeply disturbing. We tend to be more invisible, more marginalized in [race] conversations. … There’s so much we don’t know about the lived experiences of Asian-Americans and the factors that predict health and well-being for this group.”

– Doris Chang, Psychologist

Here is Lisa Wong in conversation with Angus Chen from WBUR talking about her experience:

Read our Founder & CEO’s Stop Asian Hate response here.

In our efforts towards building a voice and multi-racial solidarity, we share the following:

You can read and listen to the interview from WBUR here.

Ivy ChildIvy Child International Board Co-Chair Lisa Wong Discussing The Corrosive Health Effects of Anti-Asian Violence
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Help India Breathe

 

Our Beloved Community,

I am heartbroken over the global trauma and tragedies impacting communities of culture in our nation and across the globe, most recently impacting my home country of India. 

Our families, team and loved ones have all been impacted by the high surge and circumstances of India’s second COVID 19 wave.  My dear mother, my Amma, after my father’s passing has been stuck in isolation there over the last 18 months while we work to safely bring her back to us. 

My parents taught me the transformative power of meditation and mindfulness practice and the responsibility we share in leaving the world a better place than how we found it. This is a deep seeded cultural commitment, grounded in thousands of years of traditions, spiritual and religious beliefs.

The life giving source of our Breath is sacred and a human right.  Yet, we have heard the cry and plea of, “I can’t breathe,” by our communities.

We now have a nation, seeking permission to breathe. With India’s growing movement of #LetUsBreathe.

 

Breath is the foundation of human existence;  breathe is life giving. It is what we struggle for at the moment of birth and enjoy till we draw or last breathe. Yet our breath is being stolen from us due to systems of oppression that perpetuate barriers to access, equity and inclusion. The gasping nation belies the honor of all beings and denies the dignity the people of India deserve. 

The reality is that distancing is a privilege that many, especially in India, do not have the privilege of space. Instead, we have the blessing of living among multigenerational family members close to neighbors and friends. The reality is that many do not have the luxury of hand washing when there is no  consistent access to running water.. The fact is that India’s population of over 1 billion people do not have access to the much needed hygiene kits and masks to combat this pandemic and keep families, elders, loved ones, and community members safe. 

Together, we must do everything we can to take action to alleviate suffering and help. 

The reality is if we cannot help India manage and overcome COVID-19, we as a global community will not overcome COVID-19. 

We must combine #mindfulness with #mindfulaction.  Contemplation must be combined with constructive action, so here’s what you can do NOW: 

We at Ivy Child understand that these are incredibly challenging and stressful times. 

Tragically, we can expect the number of infections to rise—possibly along with our concern about what the future holds, and the stress related to uncertainty, anticipation, and fear is traumatic and can cause an adverse impact on our health. 

While the world is uniting in efforts to battle the problem we’re facing, we feel it is crucial to find ways to serve our community in the best possible manner through mindfulness practice. How individuals respond to an outbreak  depends on many external factors but maintaining our wellbeing through practicing mindfulness is a powerful and universal coping tool for all. We encourage you to use and share some of the resources we have made available online for free.  

In honoring and prioritizing the health and well‐being of our community, we at Ivy Child have shifted all of our programs and activities to virtual platforms. For our partners and affiliates that serve as emergency sites, with limited access, we are working to find solutions together as this situation evolves. We recognize our program sites serve as safe havens to our community and may access food, love, healthcare and enriching learning opportunities. We are working hard with our partners to collaborate to best meet the needs of our community honoring the state and federal guidelines. If you’d like to join forces with us to help our community during the COVID-19 crisis, please donate now to our Emergency Fund today. 

 

YOUR support through a one-time or sustainable recurring donation will help make it happen. Within the next 3-6 months Ivy Child commits to the following, with the resources we have on hand in the short term. 

  1. Execute $100,000 to teachers and youth ambassadors in Ivy Child International’s network and mobilize them to share practice, prevention management and wellness strategies to stop the spread of COVID-19 in India (‪July 1)
  2. Distribute the 10000 masks and hygiene kits to our healthcare partners and families (July 1‬)
  3. Provide 1000, $50 micro recovery grants to vulnerable families (‪June 1)

We invite YOU to be a part of our long-term strategy:

  1. Work with our global network of teachers and partners to develop wellbeing toolkits and digital learning tools to build a culturally and linguistically responsive digital library of resources.
  2. Provide $1 million in direct funds, training and development resources to our community.

 

 

Ivy Child International has always worked to find ways to benefit the community through enhancing our wellbeing through mindfulness. We want you to know that we are here and will continue to support you through these trying times.  Ivy Child devotes all of its efforts to building equity for all and honoring the inherent dignity of all people. We must rise up and take a stand to hold systems that perpetuate barriers and structural oppression accountable. Please feel free to connect with us as a partner and support us in this journey. 

We at Ivy Child stand in our truth reinforcing and leaning into our lineage, heritage and faith traditions at this moment, where COVID 19 has taken the breath away of an entire nation.  

As an Indian woman leader, my commitment is personal. We stand in solidarity with our community and ask our community partners to do the same.

Abundant thanks for your unwavering support to our organization. Please be assured that despite these very challenging times, our mission, core values, and vision for global wellbeing will stay the same, and we will never give up on our fundamental belief in the power of peace. We look forward to working with you now and in the future to build a healthier world. 

May we all be safe and well as we take action encouraging our loved ones to do the same, as an act of generosity and compassion towards all. 

Abundant thanks.

Warmly,

Rose and the Ivy Child Family

 

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World Health Day

Happy World Health Day! We join our friends at the World Health Organization (WHO) and worldwide celebrating global health awareness day. This year as a global community we focus on building a fairer, healthier world for all. Enhancing our wellbeing is anchored in the art of balancing our mental, emotional and physical health. Through COVID-19, we collectively must commit and recommit to building a more just, equitable and healthy world for all.

We at Ivy Child devote all of our efforts to building equity for all and honoring the inherent dignity of all people. We believe mindfulness and wellbeing is a human right. Building a peaceful and healthy world begins at home, with each of us and recognizing the responsibility we each carry in making our world a healthier place than how we found it.

 

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COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Recipient Spotlight

In response to the onset of COVID-19, Ivy Child International served as a strategic partner for The Yoga Alliance Foundation Emergency Relief Fund in partnership with the Yoga Alliance Foundation, an effort designed to provide swift financial support to yoga professionals worldwide experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic.

Today, we’re truly honored to share a few stories from over 430+ fund recipients hailing from 31 countries as they describe how the pandemic has affected their lives and how sharing yoga is an essential service to communities during this challenging time. We are inspired by the courage, will, grace and commitment of teachers from across the globe.

Video: Yoga Alliance Foundation

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Stop Asian Hate Response

 

Our Beloved Community, 

The tragic events impacting Asians across the country and most recently in Atlanta compels us to urge our community to act now to take a stand against these horrific hate crimes. We ask for collaboration and care in addressing racism, violent acts, and inequities our communities face which are persistent realities. The increase in these Asian hate crimes have been catastrophic. In solidarity, the violence, bullying, and all forms of hatred must cease.

Ensuring safety and security for all is consistent with our values. Ivy Child devotes all of its efforts to building equity for all and honoring the inherent dignity of all people. We must rise up and take a stand to hold systems that perpetuate racism and structural oppression accountable. 

As an Asian woman leader, my commitment is personal. We stand in solidarity with our Asian Community and ask our community partners to do the same.

Rose Felix Cratsley, Founder & CEO, Ivy Child International

 

In our efforts towards building a voice and multi-racial solidarity, we share the following:

 

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Thank You PEN America

Ivy Child International is honored and excited to partner with PEN America and offer mindfulness and compassion sessions to all staff.

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. They champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Their mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible. Founded in 1922, PEN America is the largest of the more than 100 centers worldwide that make up the PEN International network. PEN America works to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others. Our strength is our Membership—a nationwide community of more than 7,500 novelists, journalists, nonfiction writers, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, agents, and other writing professionals, as well as devoted readers and supporters who join with them to carry out PEN America’s mission.

 

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Thank You Institute for Nonprofit Practice!

Abundant thanks to our friends at Institute for Nonprofit Practice!
We are honored and humbled to kick off the year together with our mindfulness and wellbeing session for MA & NY nonprofit leaders.

The Institute for Nonprofit Practice was founded in Boston in 2007 by Barry Dym, Ph.D. During his career as a nonprofit founder, consultant, and coach, he observed and sought to address several critical issues threatening the effectiveness of the nonprofit sector:

  • Under-investment in leadership development

  • A succession crisis triggered by the retirement of the baby boomers

  • The need for more diverse leadership that reflects communities served


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Happy Juneteenth!

 

Happy #Juneteenth! Today commemorates June 19th, 1865, the day Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas to deliver the news to slaves that the Civil War had ended two years earlier, and they were free. It’s the oldest celebration commemorating the end of slavery in America.

However we know slavery has not ended it has only evolved. Activism is an act of love towards the freedom and liberation of our shared humanity. We stand together at this critical time with everyone around the world to combat racism and oppression.
Stand with us and take action today!

Here are some organizations that are on the frontlines right now. :
https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/
https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/
https://www.just-georgia.org/

26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets :
https://issuu.com/nlc.sf.2014/docs/beyondthestreets_fina

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Sun Breaths

Sun Breaths is a dynamic warm-up sequence that focuses on the flow of arms with the breath. The breathing pattern (inhalation-hold-exhalation-hold) guides the movement of the arms that acts as a tool to bring more awareness to the body and breath.

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