The practice of being aware, awake, alert in the present moment with ourselves and our surroundings; using breath as the anchor.
Often combined with meditation, breathing exercises, and mindful movement.
A transformative power that can be accessed at anytime, to anyone.
Why It Matters Now More Than Ever
Stress is a mounting problem worldwide. Research shows it causes many serious issues impacting the quality of daily life. When left unmanaged, individuals experience poor health, decreased performance, reactivity, negative relationships and more.
When Mindfulness and Education Unite
Leading research reveals that Mindfulness in education is proven to:
Boost productivity, focus, attention, and memory.
Improves self-regulation and emotional intelligence.
Increase body awareness and mental clarity.
Strengthen the muscles and immune system.
Reduce and manage stress.
Increase engagement, morale, and performance.
Bring a greater sense of unity and sustainable health practices
The effects of mindfulness, when practiced diligently, can be immediate and long-term.
Mindfulness Multiplier Effect™
At the heart of Ivy Child’s mission, we believe that when you provide any individual access to learn and practice mindfulness, it not only enhances their direct well-being, it also ripples out to benefit all of those in their outer world (peers, neighbors, family, larger community).
This is Ivy Child International’s Mindfulness Multiplier Effect ™.
Learn About Eligibility & For What the Funds Can Be Used
Who is Eligible to Apply for the Yoga Alliance Foundation Emergency Relief Fund?
Applicants must be yoga professionals (yoga schools and yoga teachers). Yoga professionals who also teach mindfulness and/or other modalities are also eligible.
Applicants’ income must have been at or below 100% of the Area Median Income (AMI) prior to loss or reduction of income due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis
Note: AMI is based on household size
Applicants must demonstrate a loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis.
Proof of yoga teaching, residency, income eligibility, and proof of loss or reduction of income due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) must be provided.
Immigration status will not be considered in determining eligibility (i.e. undocumented residents are eligible).
ForWhat Can the Emergency Relief Funds be Used?
The funds will be allocated for expenses that qualify as basic needs: rent or mortgage and utilities such as food andelectricity. The Fund will also be available to assist with other needs as detailed below.
Approved applicants will receive a minimum of $150 USD and maximum $1750 USD.
Note: The Emergency Relief Fund is not for overdue rent payments, overdue mortgage payments, or overdue utility payments owed prior to the loss or reduction of income due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
All applicants will be asked to provide a photo I.D. to prove identity.
The application does not require government identification numbers, so please delete them or cross them out prior to submitting.
Proof of loss or reduction of income due to COVID-19 must be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
Two pay stubs, one showing income before loss or reduction of income, and one showing income after loss or reduction of income and dated after January 1, 2020,
A letter from current/former employer that indicates change of income due to COVID-19,
A business closure notice from the applicant’s employer dated January 1, 2020 or after,
A tax statement that shows reduction of child support payments since March 1, 2020,
An affidavitfrom a family or child support provider indicating that they are unable to pay applicant because of COVID-19, OR
An affidavitof loss of income and wages since January 1, 2020.
Income reduction may include, but not be limited to: reduction of hours of employment, loss of employment, loss of other income sources (such as reduction or loss of family or child support, or other significant income disruption). Loss of income does not include loss of investment income. See Application Instructions for additional details..
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I continue to teach two weekly yoga classes online on a volunteer basis at no cost. Though this circumstance is not ideal, I am grateful to have this outlet to teach so that I can still connect with others and to not allow my teaching skills to get rusty.
Deepening my practice with consistency and openness for knowledge and new experiences has helped me feel grounded and my heart at ease during these uncertain times.