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Center of Movement

Mission + Organization

Center of Movement is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching essential life skills to underserved communities through the art of yoga. We provide free to low-cost weekly yoga + mindfulness classes to at-risk children, school teachers, teen parents and their babies, seniors, and community classes in the rural community of Rio Vista. Since 2002, we have grown from offering a single children's yoga class to a multi-program organization working across three rural counties in Northern California. Center of Movement is the only community based organization providing these life-long wellness programs within a 30 mile radius.

The YES Project (Yoga Education for Schools)

The Yes Project is a yoga + mindfulness program we designed specifically to elevate self-awareness and self-esteem of children. Our curriculum provides children and their teachers with a holistic approach to self-care by integrating yoga and mindfulness exercises, council practice, team-work oriented games, partner poses, art projects, and self-reflection writing. Can you imagine how different the world might be if everyone had the opportunity to be given these tools in elementary school?

At Center of Movement we believe that building a brighter future means empowering children and the community that leads them. Our students and teachers let us know that they have felt a difference in themselves because of our programs.

I like yoga because it is fun to stretch and helps me with stress. My favorite pose is breathing” – Jorge 7th grade yogi

A day doesn't go by without receiving a big hug from a student, generous compliments from a teacher, or a story from one or the other that explain how they have used yoga to help them through a daily struggle. Through this, we know that our programs are changing the world because we see people leave our classes ready to spread joy to the next person they encounter; some things in life are that simple!

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

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