Niroga Integral Health Fellow Graduates Take Yoga Into Communities
Realizing that there is a social elitism and cultural incongruence in the practice and delivery of yoga in the US, Niroga has selected and trained minority young adults to become Certified Yoga Teachers, preparing them to serve their own communities.
As an example of a pay-forward model, each Integral Health Fellow (IHF) commits to giving back at least 100 hours of community service, in exchange for the fellowship. We are pleased to announce that the first graduated Class of 2009 has already voluntarily brought the transformative practice of yoga into the following communities, as they currently complete their internships:
- Ashland Summer of Change
- EBAYC summer camp in Oakland schools,
- Destiny Arts fair
- San Francisco Women Against Rape
- El Sobrante Keepin' It Real Fair
- Oakland Tech High School
- EastSide Arts Alliance
- West Berkeley Senior Center
- Prescott Elementary School, Oakland
- Westlake Middle School, Oakland
- B-Tech High, Berkeley
- DeJean Middle School, Richmond
- Global Family School, Oakland
- St. Mary's Hospital , S.F.
- San Leandro Women's Health event
- Calvary Hill Church
- Center for Spiritual Living
- Joyce Gordon Gallery
- RYSE Center Summer Jam, Richmond
- Pinole Youth Center
- Malonga Casquelourd Arts Center
IHF grads also help to meet the need for yoga teachers for Niroga as Niroga's programs expand. These purveyors of transformative life skills are being equipped with job skills, providing economic stability even as they serve in Juvenile Halls, schools and alternative schools, group homes, etc. transforming themselves as they transform the world around them.
This program has been partially funded by the Alameda County Public Health Department in collaboration with the Bay Area Black United Fund (BABUF). It is a comprehensive 2-year Teacher Training program, which substantially exceeds Yoga Alliance requirements at the 200-hour level.
The training is provided as a need-based Fellowship, provided at no or very low cost to all selected Integral Health Fellows (IHF). Two cohorts (1st year and 2nd year) run concurrently.