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My Manduka mat helps me practice connection. The moment my toes touch my mat, I inhabit my breath, my body and my present experience.

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Ontario, Canada

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April 2013 Archive

April 15th, 2013

Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois

Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois serves over 40,000 children and families in Illinois that have been victims of abuse, neglect, poverty and a host of other issues. The Excellence Academy is an innovative and unique program that serves at-risk foster children. The children come from varied backgrounds, but most have been shipped from one placement to another throughout their lives, never experiencing a sense of stability, community or confidence that youth with more traditional childhoods experience. As a result, many foster youth tend do poorly in school and lack independent living skills, which perpetuates their struggles well into adulthood.

The team at the Excellence Academy instructs and organizes classes and activities that assist the kids in comprehending crucial life skills. In addition to the sizeable struggles that they already face, many have not been taught basic self-care skills, severely impacting the likelihood of their success as they age. One of the lesson plans for 2013 is geared towards physical fitness and physical awareness.

The Excellence Academy has been determined to implement a yoga program for the youth, and has lined up a very motivated instructor to lead the classes, and when we learned that all the program was missing to start moving forward with yoga classes were mats, we were excited to offer our support!