Dear Street Yoga Family,
The time has come for me to extend a most bittersweet farewell your way. As many of you know, my AmeriCorps term will come to a close this Monday, August 5th.
I’ve spent the last 16 months as Volunteer Coordinator at Street Yoga, and I am truly overwhelmed by the abundance of lessons learned – big and small, friendships forged, and amazing memories I share with the youth, volunteers and staff members I’ve worked with along the way. I will be taking all of these precious things with me as I continue on my journey of self reflection as a lifelong learner and social justice activist.
Upon the completion of my Americorps service, I will be visiting my family in Minnesota for 3 weeks, and plan to return to school in San Francisco thereafter. I can only hope to find a yoga service community as dedicated, welcoming, and understanding as the community y’all have helped build and sustain throughout my time with Street Yoga.
I’ve met so many wonderful individuals while working at Street Yoga, and have gathered that we all come to this work for different reasons. But, the most profound thing I’ve come to understand is that though street yogis have complex personal histories, we share an unspoken truth – a flame of commonality that stands strong against the winds of adversity, self doubt, and the humdrum of “making it”. The Street Yoga community is a force to be reckoned with!
This year has been a year of great transition at Street Yoga, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking with us through the ebbs and flows that seem to come with growth and change. Your flexibility and understanding not only made my job easier, but ensured that Street Yoga continues to provide quality trauma informed yoga to the youth and caretakers in our community.
Of course, there’s plenty of work still to be done. As agents of change in our communities there will be days when the roadblocks on the path to peace and social justice seem insurmountable. In those moments I would like to offer up an affirmation written by Dorothy Day that continued to ring true and inspire during my time at Street Yoga:
“Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up. If we love each other enough, we will bear with each other’s faults and burdens. If we love enough, we are going to light a fire in the hearts of others. It is love that will make us want to do great things for each other. No sacrifice and no suffering will then seem too much.” – Dorothy Day
I feel so blessed to have worked with y’all in one way or another. I trust that you know just how valuable the work that we do through Street Yoga is for the health, resilience, and empowerment of our communities and for ourselves. Though I am stepping away physically, Street Yoga will stay close to my heart. Thank you again for your dedication and support.
With Love and Gratitude,