At Street Yoga we believe that access is a social justice issue. Everyone deserves the healing benefits yoga and mindfulness offer. With the commitment to access as our guide, we provide two primary services:
- Equipping youth-focused service professionals and yoga teachers internationally with tools to bring yoga and mindfulness classes, exercise and techniques into the work they are already doing with young people with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
- Bringing trauma-informed (and occasionally, population-specific) yoga and mindfulness classes to organizations that serve youth in Seattle, Washington.
The beauty in what we offer, is that once a young person learns how to focus their breath or feel safe in their bodies, we have empowered them with a skill set they can draw on for the rest of their lives. A toolkit for becoming centered, calm, in control, responsive instead of reactionary and with a sense of their individual purpose and inherent alive-ness. This is something that no one can ever take away from them no matter how transient or chaotic their life is, their economic status, family history, or their educational or career opportunities.
Yoga and mindfulness are shown to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance mental clarity, build strength and flexibility, improve self-esteem and body image as well as promote self-discipline and self-control.
“Research suggests that self-control is a better predictor of academic achievement than IQ and concludes, ‘A major reason for students falling short of their intellectual potential is their failure to exercise self-discipline.’ This presents a strong inductive connection. If self-control improves academic achievement and yoga increases self-control, it stands to reason that yoga must enhance academic achievement.”
-A Necessary Catalyst: Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline with Yoga, Bidyut K. Bose, PhD, E-RYT
We believe that by providing youth access to yoga and mindfulness that we impact change at the individual level through the students and professionals we reach, and the community level, by facilitating access to tools that help develop self control, which is shown to positively affect high school graduation rates. This in turn decreases juvenile incarceration, high school pregnancy, and drug use rates, and increases the likelihood of a young person attending college and gaining employment.