project leader
Sondra Loring L
location
403 Warren Street
(Hudson Valley)
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SSP partners with Hudson Greater Promise Neighborhood

the project

Sadhana Yoga Service Project 

At Sadhana Yoga Service Project (SSP), we believe everyone deserves access to the healing benefits of yoga. This thought is our north star and why we started SSP - to make it a reality. We bring trauma-informed, mindfulness-based yoga and meditation to people impacted by trauma, addiction and incarceration. We have active programs running concurrently in the Hudson Valley, including prisons, recovery centers, and residential centers for young people. We offer programs to train interested teachers, in order to work skillfully with different populations. Our goal is to extend our reach and offer programs for families of those impacted by incarceration, initiate a book program, develop curriculum, and create a manual for best practices in teaching impacted families.

This project has exploded, as the need is great: we now teach yoga and meditation in ten different organizations in the Hudson Valley, and we have initiated the nation’s first yoga teacher training for women in a mandated recovery center. Our fundraising appeal to YOU is to raise money for program expenses, teacher training expenses, props and educational material for the students and for yoga instructor salaries.

the steps

Our project is up and running! We have ten different programs running concurrently in the Hudson Valley, with requests coming in weekly with a need for our service of yoga and meditation.

We will continue to pay yoga teachers $35 per class plus transportation costs for these classes. Our aim is to raise this fee,

We will continue our training programs for teachers interested in trauma-informed and mindfulness-based yoga and meditation service work.

We will work with organizations to allocate funds from their budgets to sustain the program in their facility.

We will create a book program to send relevant books on transformation, yoga and meditation to men, women and young people in prison and recovery centers.

We will continue our yoga teacher training program in Meadow Run, a mandated recovery centers to empower women to be certified to teach yoga.

We will conduct research and gather statistics to apply for state and federal grants. 

why we're doing it

RECOVERY

It is estimated that one in three Americans suffer from some form of substance use disorder. Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease of the brain; characterized by an inability to abstain or control cravings, a failure to recognize problems with behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response.

The accumulated costs to the individual, the family, and the community are staggering and arise as a consequence of many direct and indirect effects, including compromised physical and mental health, increased spread of infectious disease, loss of productivity, reduced quality of life, increased crime and violence, increased motor vehicle crashes, abuse and neglect of children, and health care costs.

BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR RECOVERY

  • Improves flexibility, balance and strength
  • Increases restful sleep, provides relaxation and increased energy
  • Connects the body with the mind and the heart to better manage impulses and cravings
  • Regulates stress & increases the capacity for impulse control
  • Reconnects the body, mind, and spirit
  • Promotes restful sleep and a calm mind
  • Re-friends the body

JUSTICE

Throughout the United States, there is a growing recognition of the need for interventions that address the high rates of psychological stress and reduced wellbeing experienced by individuals within the prison system. 

TRAUMA SENSITIVE YOGA PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH AND ADULTS

  • Introduce the application of yoga as a lifestyle, on and beyond the mat
  • Develop the whole person by increasing self-awareness and self-regulation 
  • Build awareness of mental patterns and how those patterns relate to behavior
  • Provide practical tools for developing mindful solutions to difficult situations
  • Encourage compassion toward oneself and others
  • Manage deeply held, unresolved trauma
  • Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression 
  • Increase performance in cognitive-behavioral tasks
  • Increase social emotional learning
  • Create community

Create space for individuals to come back in touch with their bodies, minds, and hearts

budget

Disbursed budget:

Yoga Teachers Salaries: $4,000.00

Administrative Costs: $493

Yoga mats, books: $100.56

Campaign Costs, i.e., Fiscal Sponsorship): $434.44



TOTAL RAISED = $5,028.00
ioby Platform Fee $35.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $249.65
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $149.79
TOTAL TO DISBURSE= $4,593.56

Original budget:

Yoga Teachers Salaries: $12,000

Yoga Mats, Blankets, Bolsters: $500

Administrative Costs: $1000

Campaign Costs, i.e., Fiscal Sponsorship): $1500



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $15,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $817
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $490
TOTAL TO RAISE = $16,342

updates

SSP partners with Hudson Greater Promise Neighborhood

We are so thrilled to announce that our partnership with the GHPN has received a grant from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation to implement an after-school yoga program for young people in families with someone incarcerated. We will begin an eight-week program in the fall, and hopefully be able to safely move forward with this important project. We will also be working together to create a manual of best practices for teaching yoga to families of those justice-impacted. We need your support more than ever, in these times, to realize our vision of making the world a better place.

SSP partners with Hudson Greater Promise Neighborhood

We are so thrilled to announce that our partnership with the GHPN has received a grant from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation to implement an after-school yoga program for young people in families with someone incarcerated. We will begin an eight-week program in the fall, and hopefully be able to safely move forward with this important project. We will also be working together to create a manual of best practices for teaching yoga to families of those justice-impacted. We need your support more than ever, in these times, to realize our vision of making the world a better place.

SSP partners with Hudson Greater Promise Neighborhood

We are so thrilled to announce that our partnership with the GHPN has received a grant from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation to implement an after-school yoga program for young people in families with someone incarcerated. We will begin an eight-week program in the fall, and hopefully be able to safely move forward with this important project. We will also be working together to create a manual of best practices for teaching yoga to families of those justice-impacted. We need your support more than ever, in these times, to realize our vision of making the world a better place.

Teacher Training Continues during the Covid-19 pandemic!

Most of our teaching has been suspended, and we feel sad not to be offering regular yoga classes to the organizations we serve. However, due to the amazing director of Meadow Run, we are able to zoom into the addiction recovery center and continue to teach the women working on their yoga teaching certification. And it is going very, very well - the women are on FIRE! They hungrily take everything we offer and run with it. One woman just made an incredible poster painted with bright colors and glitter as part of her chakra presentation. This group is magic!

SSP Update for March 2020

We have awesome t-shirts and hoodies for sale to benefit SSP!   You can find them at Sadhana Center for Yoga in Hudson, and soon, online!

https://sadhanayogahudson.com/sadhana-service-project/

We’ve sent off our first big grant application, so keep your fingers crossed!

We initiated a partnership with Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood, to offer a yoga and meditation program for children and families impacted by incarceration. We are planning a 12-week afterschool yoga program, and also developing a manual for best-practices for teaching yoga and meditation to families with a family member in prison or jail. Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood was instrumental in Columbia County Jail’s shift of their visitation rules. Used to be visits behind glass; now there is a room with a mural and toys and kids can hug and sit on the lap of their loved one. This is rippling out to other jails in New York State. We are honored and excited by this partnership.

Yoga Teacher Training for Women in a Mandated Recovery Center

It's happening! We are moving full-steam ahead; one month into our six-month yoga training. These amazing women are discovering the self-awareness, self-worth, empathy and compassion that will lead them to make positive personal and pro-social choices, as they learn the 8-limbs of yoga. They will be certified yoga teachers when they leave the center.

 

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donors

  • Berlin K.
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  • Suzanne Hughes
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Berlin Krebs
  • Jennifer Schober
  • Myra F.
  • Peggy & Bryan
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  • Stephanie R.
  • The Horans
  • Jenny Moradfar Meyer
  • Anonymous
  • Laura M
  • Josie D.
  • YTT Class 2020
  • Leah Gooch
  • in honor of Cody B.
  • Carla Sadoff
  • Mitchell I Levine
  • Anonymous
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  • in honor of Liz Levine's Birthday!
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  • Anonymous
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  • JOHN EMY
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  • Anonymous
  • Elizabeth Levine yoga classes donation
  • Dale Hills
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  • Sadhana Community
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  • Grace Gilroy
  • Dale Hills