When Kimberly joined Urban Lotus Project, she took off flying! She teaches 5 classes a week! We recently asked her some questions about what it's like to serve with ULP.
Q: What do you think about ULP’s reach/effect ? How do you see ULP benefiting the community?
A: I see Urban Lotus Project benefits the under-served and at-risk youth. Providing yoga, meditation, mindfulness and self-awareness.
Q: What makes teaching yoga in this capacity interesting or fulfilling to you?
A: What I find interesting is how each class brings a different vibe, depending on the students experience from their day.
Q: What is different about your ULP classes versus other yoga classes you teach?
A: When I teach a yoga class for ULP, I am very aware to be slow, gentle, use inviting language, breathing techniques, and self-awareness and promote self-love.
Q: Do you have a fond memory you can share with us from one of your ULP classes?
A: My fondest memory was with one student. After each class we share one word, for example happy, sad, excited etc. For the first 3 weeks this particular student would say “nervous” or “anxious” every time. On the 4th week the student began using positive words, which made me so happy. Her new words are “relaxed,” “calm,” and “centered.” ULP is amazing and has brought joy to this students’ life.
Q: What are your hopes for the future of ULP and other similar programs around the country?
A: My Hope's for ULP is selfish. I want to continue to be a part of serving youth in the community. It's an honor and a privilege to work for this nonprofit.
Q: Lastly, what have you learned through your experience thus far with ULP?
A: I'm taught something new each class. The students I see every day have learned to trust and respect me. I trust, respect and show compassion to them, too. I see the students’ growth with self-love.
Thank you for your service, Kimberly!