Recipients

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Here you can get to know some of the individuals we've presented scholarships and grants to and their intentions and realities of turning that support to community. It's a beautiful ripple effect, it'nt it? Proceeds from all of our events and programs benefit our Annual Grant Fund which in turn benefit others in our community. 

 

ANGELA SMITH, 200 hour teacher training scholarship recipient

Why I want to teach yoga, parts 1 and 2

 

Kate Werning

Grant Story and original intention...

I want to develop a year-long free program for a group of 20 Latina women of all ages to practice yoga together and develop a healing and supportive community. Classes would take place biweekly and in Spanish, and include beginner yoga practice and meditation that would progress throughout the year. The group would be committed so that there is a sense of community and shared growth as a group, and relationships can be built that become supports outside of yoga class...I would work with Voces de la Frontera, 16th Street Clinic, and the Layton Boulevard West Neighborhood Association to identify candidates for the class that they feel would really benefit from the experience. 

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Karla Johnston-Krase

Excerpt from her Grant Story...

The Greater Racine Collaborative for Healthy Birth Outcomes is a community-wide initiative committed to reducing the African American infant mortality rate and improving the health and well being of African American women, children and families in the Racine community. This project of the Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency has been doing amazing collaborate work over recent years since it became a known fact that Racine had the highest infant mortality rate in the state, and one of the highest in the nation. 

Through my work with different organizations in the Collaborative, I was able to share the benefits of yoga with various groups including pregnant moms and new moms, most of whom are already parenting other children and
were participating in breastfeeding or mentoring programs. There were several classes in which children came and we focused on both care for mom and yoga as a tool for connecting with children. One partner organization requested a partner/couples class, and yet another brought together eighteen fathers interested in yoga as a tool for stress management. I was delighted that through this grant, I was able to continue and expand my work with pre/post natal teens in three of Racine’s high schools. Sharing the benefits of yoga is so fun and rewarding, but the best part is knowing that seeds are being planted and we really do not always know when or how they will sprout. 

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Laura Lundy Borg & Mary Witte

Excerpt from their Grant Story...

Our students at Cass Street School are two classes of 18 First Grade children and two very supportive 1st grade teachers: Mrs. Marie Hernandez and Mrs. Karina Surprise. Our students are inner city 'free lunch' children.

Some days a student starts the class in a bad mood or is unfocused, and by the end of class we have a happy and focused child ready to listen and participate in our practice. The mindful listening part of each class is amazing. We ring a chime that resonates in the room for some time, and the children raise their hands when the chime sound ends. It is completely quiet in the room for this exercise. An outstanding moment comes at the close of the class in rest pose, as we walk around the room placing eye pillows over our students’ eyes. Pure pleasure, quiet and calm.

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Minda Devorkin

Excerpt from her Grant Story...

I was initially invited into Blessed Savior school by the k-4 teacher. She was searching for calming, stilling, emotionally leveling tools to create a more productive, harmonious classroom. 

The entire experience was transformative. Each week children greeted me with unwaning enthusiasm and ear to ear smiles and said “Miss Minda, we are so excited we have yoga today!!” The warm hugs received were countless. Many moments anchored into our belief that the children were greatly benefiting. The children appeared to have less chaotic energy, seemed to feel special, loved, nurtured and cared for. The teachers shared that the yoga and mindfulness tools were being practiced on a regular basis in their classrooms and both they and the children continuously drew from their acquired skills.

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Michelle Warren

Her intention...

Over the past 2 years I have had the pleasure of working within MPS with a number of highschool students, as well as some staff, within the city of Milwaukee. A brilliant experience this has been, for both myself and the kids. Unfortunately, due to funding, the program came to an end. I would be honored to have the opportunity to continue with the schools, if only for a short amount of time. Any who has had the privilege of working with this demographic can appreciate the need for yoga in their lives...Carmen High School is a large population of wonderful kids who would otherwise never experience this opportunity. My relationship with them deepened my appreciation for yoga. The classes I taught provided for them a safe place wherein they could experience themselves inside their own bodies. Amazing really, when you see these kids so detached from their own self or using their body as an object. I do believe the school will welcome free yoga with open arms, as they were sad to see it go and could not afford to keep it going.

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Ann Laatsch

Her intention at Capuchin Apartments, a supportive housing program for adults who have histories of homelessness, incarceration, addiction and mental illness...

I volunteer at the Capuchin program each week...(and would) be humbly grateful to have the support of the yoga community to do so. It is also my desire to teach a women-only class at Sojourner Truth House or the Milwaukee Women's Center and to work with women who are healing from domestic abuse.

 

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Marlis Moldenhauer

Developmental Goal...

I would like to understand more about Deceptive Flexibility, Treating Pain, Vichara Training and teaching kids. My dream is to become a medical yoga therapist.

 

Heather Baker 

Developmental Goal...

I am interested in further exploring yoga through my studies as a graduate student and would like to conduct research on yoga, trauma/mental health, and public health. I am also interested in pursuing training in yoga therapy (both physical and energetic), as well as ayurveda, to be able to assist students to live a wholistic lifestlye.

Ali Modell 

Development Goal...

Looking forward, one of my main goals as an instructor is to become proficient enough to teach and bridge the gap between western and eastern mindsets in the world of anatomy & physiology and philosophy, and integrate these themes into the yoga classroom... Essentially, my aim is to serve the community through my diverse skill set as a yoga teacher/therapist, acupuncturist and herbal medicine practitioner so people heal through natural means on all levels.

Scholarship Story...

The program I recently completed was The Art of Teaching of Tias Little’s Prajna Yoga 500 hour program.  Its main focus was on integration in teaching--the weave of asana, living anatomy & physiology, and wisdom--to create an in-depth practice that allows for inquiry and insight.  I not only selected this course to complete my 500 hour teacher training... but also to challenge myself to develop richer experiences for students. It was less content based and more practicum based, meaning we were required to teach the group and received feedback from Tias. This was a catalyst for me to break some old teaching habits and develop new ways of sharing information.

A few main ideas that were strongly reinforced included: less is more; the extraordinary is found in the ordinary; trust the technique; and time, space and silence are all necessary for processing and integration.

My intention in my own practice and in teaching is to continue to create experiences that foster a beginner’s mind and allow for growth on multiple levels.

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Ali Szarzynski 

Development Goal...

I would like to develop my understanding of anatomy, alignment and the ability to assist people based on their personal issues, injuries, needs, etc. I would also like to strengthen my role as a teacher by teaching with a more holistic approach. I’m interested in delving deeper into yoga off the mat so as to give people the tools they need to help themselves have happier and healthier lives. I’m passionate about learning as much as I can in order to bring it back to my teaching.

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Christa Runde 

Development Goal...

The therapeutic aspects of yoga and meditation are my passion- whether its cancer, Alzheimer’s or children’s yoga. In order to understand the needs and requirements of the students with and without cancer I would like to expand my knowledge of how cancer/illness affects their daily lives, their physical wellbeing, as well as emotional health. I would like to balance the study of therapeutic yoga, with practical experience to strengthen my awareness so I can apply this information to meet the needs of the student, and hands on practice to transform this information to knowledge. The more you drink from the well of knowledge the greater the thirst.

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Street Yoga Scholarship

Recipient: Katharina Hren  

Development Goal...

I am working on my confidence as a yoga teacher, and this has evolved through teaching in different environments. I recently saw a video on Facebook about a combat vet who was turned down by many teachers when he asked for help. I would like to think that I wouldn't have turned him down, but before I took my Trauma Sensitivity Training, I think that I would have been overwhelmed by his situation and thus preoccupied with my ego. Rather than trying to be a "good yoga teacher" from a place driven by my ego, I want to be able to offer yoga to anyone who asks for and is ready for help from a place of authenticity. To me this means finding a balance of strength, grace, confidence and humility, while showing up consistently on my own mat, facing my strengths and my weaknesses while being transparent.

 

 

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