art of yoga

art of yoga

art of yoga

art of yoga

 

 

 

 

The Art of Yoga Project

"I do that crow pose when you put all your weight on your hands. I look at my hands then and I feel like I'm in charge. You get that feeling you can choose. That you can choose your own lifestyle, too. I want a healthy lifestyle. A safe one. A happy one."

-AYP Participant

Our vision is to lead teen girls in the California Juvenile Justice System toward accountability - to themselves, to others and to their community. By providing practical tools to effect behavioral change, we aspire to be a nationally recognized method for the effective treatment of at-risk adolescent girls, particularly in the juvenile justice system.

At The Art of Yoga Project we specialize in working with incarcerated teen girls offering trauma-informed and strength-based programming. Founded by nurse practitioner and yoga instructor Mary Lynn Fitton, The Art of Yoga Project began in 2003 as a pilot program and became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2005. Fitton created The Art of Yoga Project to help at-risk girls prepare for a positive future. Currently, we serve girls in California’s San Francisco Bay Area where we have a proven track record of success and a longstanding relationship with probation and the juvenile justice system.

The cornerstone of The Art of Yoga Project is the Yoga and Creative Arts Curriculum, a secular course that combines health education, character development, yoga, meditation and creative arts. This gender-responsive program teaches at-risk girls to identify the issues that cause them to make poor choices; manage their anger and impulses; become accountable for their actions, to themselves and their communities; and develop a productive outlet for their emotions and dreams. Each session begins with a rigorous, strengthening yoga practice and continues with a creative art activity. Throughout the class, trained facilitators lead discussions on themes such as non-violence, tolerance, sexual ethics, and integrity.

The Art of Yoga has been a grant recipient of Yoga Dana Foundation since 2010.

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The Art of Yoga Project

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