Feeling that Yogathon Glow

Guest post by: Jaedra DiGiammarino, RISE Site Director & Teacher

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RISE Yogathon 2017 with veteran yogathoners Akin and Jeff at Mission HS.

This past Saturday RISE Yoga for Youth hosted their 4th annual Yogathon. Nearly 100 members of the RISE community gathered at the Mission High School gym to offer the benefits of yoga and wellness education to teens throughout the Bay Area.

High School girls from Immaculate Conception Academy greeted guests as they entered the gym and invited them to register, take a look at raffle, and bid on silent auction items.

Mission High School students shared their yoga experiences from the past semester with us and then guided us through warm-ups. Hearing from these students was a testament to teacher Craig who has been leading the Mission HS students for the past two school years.

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Sun Salutations leads by Astrud Castillo of Laughing Lotus Yoga Center SF. 

Soon local yoga teachers were leading us through the annual 108 sun salutations. I am so grateful that Martin Scott agreed to lead a section this year. The familiarity of the traditional Surya Namaskar, as taught by Sri Dharma Mittra, flowed through me without effort. These 16 salutations were truly meditative, an easy offering. Even with few breaks and a bottle of coconut water, about an hour and a half later my muscles were getting shaky from the effort and I was noticing where I would be feeling sore the next day. Finally after two hours of movement, Darren Main completed the series with a calming savasana.

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The RISE teachers (AKA our Yogi Warriors) bringing love to our students every day!

A year ago I was a member of the RISE community via a single class of my own at June Jordan School for Equity. I have spent the last 11 month growing into the position of Site Director and I have learned a great deal about the administrative and behind the scenes duties that go along with youth yoga. I am even more appreciative of what this organization offers to students as well as teachers. I am humbled to work with such an amazing group of women and men seeking to bring peace, kindness, and love into the lives of everyone they meet.

Thank you to the many kind and generous donors who have helped me to raise over 200% of my original goal. While I have surpassed my personal goal for the year, RISE has a little ways left to go. If you are feeling that yogathon glow and looking for away to keep it going please visit our campaign page here to make a donation. The campaign will remain active through the end of April.

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Celebrate Gratitude

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This thanksgiving season, give the gift of yoga and mindfulness to our youth. Join us for these donation-based yoga classes. Proceeds from these classes will support RISE, helping us bring this transformational practice to more teens in the Bay Area.

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“The teens we serve need us now, more than ever, to be beacons of light and hope in a dark and uncertain world. We can create the world we want to live in in each classroom, fostering a culture of respect, acceptance, and celebration of diversity. We can love them unconditionally for who they are. We we can hold a mirror for them, showing them their own goodness, worth, and their own power to be agents of positive change in this world. This is my hope in our work together as RISE teachers, and ultimately my hope for the future of our world. I have faith in our youth, and their light, and their ability to change our world.” -RISE Founder & Executive Director, Erin Lila Singh

Jaedra DiGiammarino on the Community Benefits of Bringing Yoga to Teens

Jaedra Supports RISE Yoga for Youth

Meet Jaedra DiGiammarino, one of our amazing RISE for Youth Outreach Team members! We are in the middle of our campaign to bring yoga to 1,000 more students in the Bay Area! Please join us and help us reach our goal by September 25th! http://igg.me/at/riseforyouth

1. Why do you do yoga?

I teach and practice Yoga because it is my honor to have been called upon to do so. Yoga study has improved my physical wellbeing as well as my mental state of mind. As a teacher my hope is to share these benefits with others.

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RISE Yoga Classes Helped Me Make Big Decisions ~ Student Testimonial

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1. When did you start doing yoga at George Washington High School? How long have you been doing yoga?

I started practicing yoga last year at George Washington High School, and I now practice yoga once or twice a week at home. I usually watch youtube yoga videos when I practice by myself. However, I am more motivated when I’m doing yoga in class than by myself.

2. What are some of the challenges of being a teen today? Do you feel that yoga helps with any of these challenges?

Academics and life in general are challenging as a teen. The world is competitive and the pressure of it all is present everyday. The quiet practice of yoga really helps me release tension created by these challenges.

Consider bringing yoga to more students in the Bay Area: http://igg.me/at/riseforyouth

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