Abundant thanks to Craig Martin for offering a heartful conversation with our community on Mindfulness and Racial Justice.
Craig is a 2018 National Distinguished Principal and Massachusetts Elementary Principal of the Year and 2009 Boston Public Schools’ Educator of the Year, currently serves as the Executive Director of Bridge Boston Charter School in Roxbury, MA.
In six years as Proud Principal of the Michael J. Perkins School, with strategic professional development, partnerships, and investments in socio-emotional learning, culturally responsive pedagogy, trauma-informed practices, mindfulness, 21st Century technology skills development, blended learning, and social media presence, the Michael J. Perkins’ School student achievement has improved over 320% leading to reversals in achievement gaps among English Language Learners and Latino American Learners, a 50% reduction in suspensions, a 25% decline in chronic absenteeism all while being named a 2019 Semi-Finalist for the Edvestors’ School on the Move Prize.
This workshop will focus on 5 Steps to Bring You Back to Center. Participants will explore various wellness tools and techniques to revitalize and reconnect to their center and find the balance they need to renew and serve others. Tools and techniques include Breath-Work, Meditation, Self-Compassion, Movement and Creativity.
Maya has almost 3 decades of experience and has been a trailblazer in making mindfulness and yoga more inclusive and accessible for people of color. Kiesha is a Yoga Trainer and Self-Care Charlotte North Carolina Ambassador. She promotes self-care for the purpose of nurturing healthy lives and relationships for individuals, families, and communities.
Watch Rose Felix Cratsley, Ivy Child International’s CEO & Founder talking about mindfulness in children at TEDxFitchburgStateU.
Ivy Child International’s mission is to enhance the social and emotional well-being of children while embracing their multicultural needs using positive psychology and education as a uniting force to inspire resilience and leadership.
Ivy ChildUnlocking children’s potential through mindfulness
Learn About Eligibility & For What the Funds Can Be Used
[su_spoiler title=”Who is Eligible to Apply for the Yoga Alliance Foundation Emergency Relief Fund?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle”]
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).
[su_spoiler title=”ForWhat Can the Emergency Relief Funds be Used?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle”]
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.
[su_spoiler title=”How Do I Provide Proof of Residency, Proof of Income Eligibility, and Proof of Loss / Reduction of Income Due to COVID-19?” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle”] Proof of residency must be demonstrated with one of the following documents:
A current photo I.D. with address,
A current lease, mortgage statement, or tenant agreement,
School enrollment documentation of a dependent child for the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year
Other valid documentation such as a utility bill for the applicant’s residence dated within the past 30 days or applicant’s current car registration with the applicant’s residence.
Proof of income eligibility must be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
A 2019 income tax return (first page),
A 2018 income tax return (first page) and 2019 year end income statement,
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..
[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]
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.