My name is Whitney James and I am a Junior at Largo High School. I am currently working on a project to raise funds and collect supplies for a local children’s yoga and mindfulness program that I think you would like to be a part of.
As you are aware, yoga and meditation practice is not only physically beneficial, but is a mental and spiritual practice as well. Teaching children life-long skills such as meditation, mindfulness, stress-management, and emotional regulation has an immediate and direct effect on their well-being and personal growth. My mom, Amanda James, a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher, taught me mindfulness, meditation, and yoga from a very young age and I use those skills today to cope with stressors in my daily life as a teenager. I’d love for more children to have the same opportunity that I had. And this is my reason for writing to you today.
The program I am raising funds and supplies for is called Mindfulness and Yoga and its mission is to provide mindfulness programming to children, and to guide them to discover outlets that help them with self-development and internal growth. The program was founded by Harris Ambush of the University of Southern Florida. The program functions out of 6 local elementary schools and involves between 75 and 100 students currently. The cost of each student to be a part of this program each year is approximately $120, which includes a mat, teacher instruction, and insurance.
With the help of Yoga4All and the Karma Korner initiative, Whitney raised over $600 and collected more than 80 mats to donate to the Director at Mindfulness and Yoga. Thank you very much to all who donated and are a part of this community.