From The Street to the Soul – Bringing Yoga to Homeless Youths

Over this past Halloween weekend, we may have seen a lot of scary people and things, but most likely, none as scary as homelessness.

Last week I met up with Crystal Roberts, a Seattle yoga teacher who’s been teaching yoga to homeless youths for two years (and coincidentally went to my high school!). She’s part of Street Yoga, whose mission reads:

Street Yoga gives youth and their caregivers the tools to overcome early life trauma, through the sharing of life-building mindfulness and wellness practices grounded in the ancient healing principles of yoga. We serve by helping them create a sense of true home in their own bodies, minds and communities.

I went to a meeting with the Street Yoga facilitators and got to meet some incredible teachers and social workers dedicated to helping end the cycles of homelessness by helping homeless youths regain a sense of themselves. Street Yoga started in Portland, and the Seattle chapter is getting busy expanding, making contacts and establishing relationships with supporters, donors, teachers, everyone. There is a training for teachers and social workers this coming weekend at the Family YMCA in the U District. (Pdf flyer)

Peace is no mere matter of men fighting or not fighting. Peace, to have meaning for many who have known only suffering in both peace and war, must be translated into bread or rice, shelter, health, and education, as well as freedom and human dignity – a steadily better life. If peace is to be secure, long-suffering and long-starved, forgotten peoples of the world, the underprivileged and the undernourished, must begin to realize without delay the promise of a new day and a new life. — Ralph J. Bunche