Lemonade – A Yoga Program

Lemonade's mission is to provide yoga programming, outreach, and wrap-around services for San Francisco's most at-risk youth. Our yoga program is integrated into the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Department. The core of Lemonade's work centers around weekly classes at the juvenile hall, serving upwards of 50 youth through this program each week.

The groundwork for Lemonade – A Yoga Program, began in 2009 when Executive Director Sandy Till began teaching a weekly volunteer class in San Francisco's Juvenile Hall. In 2012, Lemonade became a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Till created Lemonade to ensure that yoga resources would continue to be available for our community's most at-risk youth.

Through this yoga program, Lemonade is able to reach youth who have very often been victims of gang violence and have sustained gunshot wounds. Many of the incarcerated youth are struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety and uncertainty of their futures.

Every week, Till and other volunteer teachers lead classes for each of the units in San Francisco's Juvenile Justice Center. Because this is a special population of youth, Lemonade's staff are trained to work with the needs of each particular group – acknowledging the appropriate level of practice and pace for the group.

Participation in Lemonade's yoga classes enables the youth to make better decisions and to have a calmer sense about them. Through yoga we teach them how to care for themselves and activate their learning skills. They learn to try new poses and experiences and how to listen to their own bodies. We integrate life skills themes into the yoga classes, ensuring they become stronger and healthier, both mentally and physically.

To learn more about Lemonade – A Yoga Program, please visit www.everyonelikeslemonade.org