Our volunteers are the pebble that create a ripple effect and they are changing our community. We start with ourselves and when we feel strong ourselves, we share.
Urban Lotus Project has spent the week gathering in a friendsgiving style meeting for the launching of the first ever Urban Lotus Project handbook. In 2016, we have continued to expand classes offered to the community, have increased our number of volunteers and are so grateful for the community support. We now offer 9-10 classes a week to community programs such as Jan Evans Juvenile Detention Center, Willow Springs, Jane Aubrey House, Josh Montoya House, Eddy House and The Children's Cabinet. We also recently added a class at the Human Behavior Institute.
Hannah B has actualized her dream to share yoga with kids like her who would benefit. She drove the point home this week. At our gathering this week she had us do an exercise where we all went back to our 14 year old selves and we remembered what it felt like to be 14. For me that was anxious, depressed, perfection seeking, tight in the body. Yuck! But then she asked us to consider what yoga would have done for us. Even during the guided meditation, I felt the tension dissolve. Yoga and the breath - it is a beautiful thing. And to share it is even more powerful.
Fast forward to Thanksgiving. In case you don't know, doing yoga with 50 plus yogis and music offered by Anthony Postman and our fearless, powerful Director of Development Andrea Moore is the best way to spend the holiday. More than 600 dollars was raised at this event. Yogis show up! The room was packed and 14 people went into overflow in the room next door! Wow, Reno. Thank you. Also a big thank you to The Studio Reno for sharing this space and supporting ULP.
ULP has gratitude for all of those who show up, who support us so we can bring yoga to our community's youth. We know that yoga helps us physically, mentally, emotionally and perhaps spiritually. We are so grateful to keep being the catalyst of change for our community.
As the holidays are in full swing, we know your resources and time may be limited. Our goal is to start out 2017 strong. We would love to have your support for Giving Tuesday.
If you would like to support us, please check out our donation page. http://www.urbanlotusproject.org/donate.html
By Jenn Olsen/Board of Directors