Yoga East Studio celebrated its first semester of "Intro to Yoga" at Washington Alternative School in partnership with Gandhi Global Center For Peace. Yoga East Studio Master Teacher Beth Daugherty presented students with certificates of completion during Washington Alternative School's Fall Semester Exit and Awards Program on Friday.
Working in partnership with Gandhi Global Center For Peace which is based in Chattanooga, the pilot program is an opportunity for Yoga East Studio to take their impact beyond the walls of the yoga studio and into the community and to introduce students to the benefits of practicing yoga for achieving healthy mind, body, and spirit, said officials.
Ms. Daugherty said, "It has been an honor to work with these students and to help them learn how to use their breath to bring calmness into their lives, especially in stressful situations, and how to practice yoga to honor and strengthen their bodies as well as calm their minds. I hope they have learned things they can carry forward with them into their lives."
Yoga East Studio Owner Jennifer Dixon said, "This year has been so incredibly exciting as we have been able to expand our community outreach programs. Yoga East 'Giving Back' now includes regular yoga practices at Washington Alternative School, Lookout Valley Middle School, and Elmcroft Assisted Living Facility. In addition, we successfully held two fundraising campaigns for area animal rescue organizations, The Pet Placement Center and McKamey Animal Center, each raising $1,000. We also just completed our second annual Christmas campaign helping make Christmas spectacular for an area family with Chambliss Center for Children."
Ms. Dixon continued, "It is through donations from our fabulous members and staff that these programs have come into existence and can continue to thrive. We look forward to many more active years in the community with more to come."
Gandhi Global Center for Peace Co-Founder Missy Crutchfield said, "We have been partnering with Washington Alternative School for the last five years now bringing them unique opportunities like the Gandhi Visit with Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Arun Gandhi and the Season for Nonviolence 'We Believe' mural project. Now with this latest partnership with Yoga East Studio in Chattanooga, we are honored to be bringing yoga classes to the students to help them learn about healthy minds and bodies, practicing mindfulness and nonviolence in their daily lives."
For more information about Gandhi Global Center For Peace visit www.gandhicenterforpeace.org.