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School of Yoga by Contessa Gayles
Where public school curricula falls short, the alternative teachings of yoga come into the lives of kids on the margins. Urban Yoga Foundation founder, Ghylian Bell, trains yoga teachers to work with at-risk students in after-school and summer programs around New York City. The lessons go beyond hand stands and tree poses, to the root of yoga as a tool for self-regulation and positive socialization.
School of Yoga follows Harlem P.S. 36 students Jael, 9, Waseem, 9, and Sunshine, 8, as they search for calm, confidence and community, while struggling with academics, health issues and bullying. Seeing her own childhood in these kids and striving to lead by example, their teacher Courtnie Bennett, 24, soon finds that her own yogic journey has only just begun.
UYF Founder and Director, Ghylian Bell, to keynote at the 2017 National Kids Yoga Conference
Ghylian will be the featured keynote speaker among the many other distinguished presenters at the 2017 National Kids Yoga Conference in Washington D.C. The National Kids Yoga Conference is the leading professional environment for adults to learn the art of successfully bringing yoga, mindfulness, and social emotional learning to the youth in our community. Ideal for educators, yoga teachers, speech therapists, administrators, occupational therapists, parents, and anyone interested in bring yoga and mindfulness to children!
UYF Featured in YogaCity NYC
The Urban Yoga Foundation is humbled to be featured on YogaCity NYC's " Yoga Sleuth", an online blog which covers yoga events, studios, teachers, and nutrition in the New York Metropolitan area. "Yoga Sleuth" is a section within YogaCity, which features and reviews local studios and teachers.
From the words of the writer Marie Carter, who attended a class lead by our own Lucille Parrado,"It felt good knowing that not only had we done ourselves good with this soothing yoga class, but also that our contributions were doing something good for the greater community."
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Ghylian Bell, UYF Founder and Director, moderates the Self-Care isn’t Selfish panel at the 2017 WomenWerk Forum
WomenWerk is a women's empowerment organization working to amplify the voices of women. As an organization, they’ve become increasingly aware of the importance of self-care as women navigate professional and personal spaces.
UYF Founder and Director, Ghylian Bell presents at the 2nd annual Mindful Life Conference
Ghylian was one of more than 25 presenters exploring big-picture topics, teaching practical tools and best practices, sharing success stories, making one-on-one connections, and building community.
An UYF studio grows in Brooklyn at Emerge Boutique Wellness Studio
UYF and Biteable-Life celebrated their new partnership at a healing arts open house on August 28, 2016. The open house also introduced the Brooklyn community to UYF's second studio location. As advocates for health, we believe community wellness is essential to empowerment and healing. UYF Ambassador, Tameeka Ford is the creator of Biteable-Life and owner operator of Emerge.
UYF Founder and Director, Ghylian Bell was among lead speakers & panelists at the 2016 BLACK GIRLS LEAD Conference
BLACK GIRLS ROCK! presented their 2nd annual conference to empower girls from around the world to lead, innovate, and serve. UYF Karma Yoga teachers and Ambassadors, Shindera Jackson, Brandee Ellis, and Anne Tangi guided girls between ages 13-17 through morning yoga and mediation classes on two of the four-day leadership conference.