Hello! My name is Nicole Teufel and I am a certified yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT). I have created a weekly volunteer yoga and writing workshop for Vista Maria. Vista Maria is a home for girl's from 11yrs-18yrs old who have been removed from thier home for various reasons such as volience, neglect or other trauma. These girls are in need of healing and I have chosen to offer what I can to them- Yoga. I have also earned a Writing Certificate from the University of Michigan- Dearborn, and I have been incorporating journaling and other forms of creative writing to offer the girls skills to assist in thier healing.
In addition to these weekly workshops that are offered to ALL 160 girls at Vista Maria, I am now organizing a poet's workshop and inviting guest youth slam poet's from the organization Kids-TALK. This will offer those girls who are particularly touched by the art of the written and spoken word, and who wish to develop their skill and to share it!
As with the special writing circles, I am also offering an additional deep yoga study group for the girls who wish to steep thier hearts in the practice!
The project will offer each girl 1 hour of yoga/writing workshop per week for an indefinite amount of time, but at least through the end of this year! This will give them a strong understanding of yoga postures and breathing techniques, and how it can benefit them emotionally as well as physically. The project will also give the girls ample time to develop creative writing skillls that can assists them throughout thier life in manging thier emotions and self-healing.
Vista Maria houses 160 girls. Through our last campaign we were able to secure a new yoga mat for each of these girls to keep as her own! We were also able to generate the funds needed to purchase journals for each of the girls, as well as supplies to personaize them!...a even a little money for snacks when I visit them (its such a big deal! you have no idea!) :)
I believe that the privilege we are given in our life via education, money, or other gifts should be used in part to help those who have not been so privilegded. I understand this practice to be one way to slowly improve life for ALL people on the planet. It feels good to give what you can, and it feels good to get what you need. It is that simple. I wish to give yoga, and my time...can you help me light up the lives of these girls, and put hope and strength into their hearts? It means so much to be able to light the path for snother, so that they may forge on to fulfill thier dreams and thier purpose. Any help you may offer is of great value.
If you would like, please visit the Vista Maria website to see what the home's history is and why the girls need this healing. Please note, all donations for THIS project must go to this Indiegogo campaign in order to help with the workshops. If you would like to donate additional funds directly to the home, that can be done via thier website. http://www.vistamaria.org
To legitimize the project if you would like to do so, please email Becky Herman at email@example.com.
If you would like to know more about me feel free to visit my blog: www.ToGetInspired.com
Or send me an email: Nteufel@gmail.com Or call: 248.767.1042
Yoga, writing, and art have all been proven to be incredible tools for self-healing. The girls at Vista Maria could only be there for six months (possibly less) or perhaps up to two years. This means that it is important for them to get as much as they can to help them while they are at the home. Vista Maria's goal is to work with the Michigan court system to get the girls back into their home, or a new good home. I want to give them something they can rely on for comfort and assistance even after they leave the girls home. Because of what some of these girls have endured, they will need much longer recovery time than Vista Maria can usually offer...it is so critical that they have these tools for when they must leave...especially since they now each posses thierown yoga mat to take with them :)
Other Ways You Can HelpPlease get the word out to all your peeps! There is great power in numbers, and you never know what support may be out there! So please share any way you can! :)
Other Ways You Can Help
If you cannot contribute financially at this time, that doesn’t mean you can’t help! :)
~Spread the word to friends and make some noise about this campaign.
~Use your network! Can you ask for supplies to be donated by certain companies?
~Would you like to donate your time and help with some of the workshops?!
~Would you be interested in hosting/organizing a benefit event at your venue or using your services?
~Would you ike to donate your services at the home? Musician? Artist? Poet? Yoga teacher?
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