Niroga has trained over 200 Yoga Teachers, including many of color, to serve vulnerable populations with cultural congruence and linguistic sensitivity. We have also trained over 100 adult providers, such as educators and mental health professionals, who work with youth in structured settings such as schools and juvenile halls. In a few hours, we can train anyone in these transformative skills, which can be used for personal stress management and self-care, as well in professional settings with students and clients.
Niroga News - 2010
Bidyut Bose has been awarded a Bay Area Regional Jefferson Award for his outstanding work as Executive Director of the Niroga Institute, an Oakland-based nonprofit that teaches Transformative Life Skills (TLS), a multi-modality intervention including yoga, breathing techniques and meditation, to at-risk youth and other vulnerable populations, including seniors, cancer survivors and recovering addicts.
As yogis, we know that makes us feel calm and less reactive. But the Oakland, California based non-profit Niroga Institute has taken this one step further... systematically training minority young adults to become certified Yoga teachers "so that they can serve their own communities with cultural competence and linguistic sensitivity."
At the Benefit for Haiti Relief held March 28, 2010 at the Niroga Center, yoga students and other attendees donated $400, which was given to Builders without Borders for rebuilding in Haiti and Haiti Emergency Relief to purchase medications to go to mobile clinics in the encampments used by Haitian and American clinicians in Port Au Prince....
Niroga selects and trained minority young adults to become Certified Yoga Teachers, preparing them to serve their own communities. 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...
How do we build communities that are vibrant and thriving with ubiquitous health and well-being? Niroga is part of two cross-sector initiatives at the city and county level, in Oakland (East Oakland Building Healthy Communities) and Alameda County (Building Blocks Collaborative) exploring the answers to this question.
Hayley has been using yoga to work with urban youth in an Oakland, CA continuation high school for one and a half years. Recently, she also began teaching yoga to adults in drug rehabilitation centers.