The SEED TO FLOWER FUND FOR YOGA SERVICE offers mini-grants to nonprofit charities to support teachers offering trauma-informed yoga in Western Mass prisons and recovery centers. Trauma-informed yoga practice has been shown to relieve stress, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression, and to promote empathy, reduce reactivity, and support emotional stability. Many yoga teachers in the area have volunteered their time to lead yoga classes for system-involved people and those with addictions, but the demand for volunteers has always outstripped the supply. The SEED TO FLOWER FUND FOR YOGA SERVICE is intended to help fill this gap, so that many more prisons and recovery centers can offer yoga. Breathing Space will be donating 100% of Studio profits after expenses to build the Fund. Fundraising campaigns are planned to build the fund’s assets. The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts seeks to enrich the quality of life of the people of the Western Massachusetts region by: encouraging philanthropy; developing a permanent, flexible endowment; assessing and responding to emerging and changing needs; serving as a resource, catalyst and coordinator for charitable activities; and promoting efficiency in the management of charitable funds.
FIRST MINI-GRANT AWARDED!
Thanks to our generous Breathing Space community, Hampden County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Cocchi & HCSD staff, the Western Mass Wellness & Recovery Center staff & residents, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Prison Yoga Project, and yoga teacher Johanna Hammer, our first mini-grant from the Seed to Flower Fund for Yoga Service has been made, to support yoga in prisons and addiction recovery centers in Western Mass! Thank you to all who contribute to and support this effort to bring recovery, peace, and healing through these practices. [Photo caption: The Hampden County Sheriff’s Department has received a mini grant from the Seed to Flower Fund to expand recovery yoga offerings to the men and women in the department’s care. Pictured here are Anthony Scibelli, assistant superintendent of the HCSD Western Mass. Recovery and Wellness Center; Dori Digenti, owner of Breathing Space yoga & Mindfulness Studio; Johanna Hammer, a yoga teacher volunteering at The Department, Sara Costa and Andrew Teasley both from HCSD]