Help Me Teach Yoga to Children and Those with Special Needs
Organized by: Sari Velar
After being laid off from work a few weeks ago I found myself at a crossroad. I thought “Do I look for another high paying job in corporate America, or do I follow my hearts calling and return to teaching yoga.” I spent a lot of time thinking about it and grappled with what I was going to do. One morning I logged on to Facebook and saw that I friend was looking for a yoga instructor for her child with special needs and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. The answer was right in front of me. I had to return to teaching yoga and help those with special needs. I started searching for programs and immediately found a children’s yoga certification with a specialization in children with CP, Down syndrome, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, and other physical and mental challenges. As many of you already know Autism is something that is very close to my heart and to my family. My 14 year old nephew Emanuel (Manny) is autistic. I’ve never had a conversation with Manny but it’s my life’s goal to one day be able to do so. If, I can reach Manny or any other child through the therapeutic benefits of yoga, then it’s been a life well worth living.
I have decided to listen to universe and make the career change. Most people spend their entire lives trying to find their calling and I finally realize I have found mine. I would rather give up the big paycheck and make a difference in someone’s life. I am devoted to continue teaching yoga to those populations that need it the most. This is one small step in my journey but one that means more to me than you could ever imagine.
So my dearest friends and family I am asking for help in order to make my dreams a reality. If you would be so kind as to make a donation in order to help me complete my 95-Hour Children’s Yoga Certification I would be forever grateful. Your donation will help cover the cost of my tuition and travel expenses to Reston, VA. With the valuable skills learned at the training I will be able to reach hundreds of children and our special needs community in S. Florida. Any monies raised beyond my goal will be donated to Manny’s school the South Florida Autism Charter School (SFACS). Please help me give the gift of yoga to our little ones especially those with special needs. Any size donation makes a difference. Thanks in advance and may universe bless you for your love and kindness in helping me on my journey.