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In 2010, Zobha will concentrate its charitable giving on supporting education and wellness programs that will benefit youth-at-risk in our communities. In selecting which partners best complemented our Foundation's values and 2010 vision, Headstand was a natural fit.
Headstand provides yoga education - and fun - to K-12 children (and their teachers!) in Bay Area schools. Offering age-appropriate curriculum and a platform for lifelong health, we wholeheartedly believe Headstand will give local youth-at-risk many of the important tools to live and love life to the fullest. To show our support, Zobha will donate 10% of sales from our #1 seller, the Grace Tank, to Headstand.
"Headstand is an organization that serves youth at risk by bringing yoga into their school day. Many of these children have chaotic, unstable, and traumatic home lives. School is the only structure some of the kids have and integrating yoga into their daily curriculum gives them a few moments of respite.
The children learn to take refuge in yoga, through the asana itself, the breath work and the philosophy. It gives them the opportunity to slow down and feel. Yoga provides an inner resource that gives kids the courage to choose the life that they want, regardless of the one they were born into. It is an honor to be involved in this project." - Stephanie Snyder, Zobha Circle of Grace Member and Headstand Board Member
Headstand launched in September 2008 as a pilot program in partnership with a Bay Area-based KIPP school. KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) is a national network of free college-preparatory public schools that prepare students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. Headstand has already seen amazing results with the impact the program has on its students:
"I think yoga is really relaxing. It feels as if I am in the middle of the ocean. My stress went away after I did my homework and I even told my sister to try it. " - 5th Grade girl
"When I was taking deep breaths it felt like all the pressure was off of me. It was like I was reborn. Like refreshed after a shower." - 5th Grade boy
"Yoga helped me through my stress that I thought would never go away. After yoga I feel more relaxed. I calm down because of the way we visualize a light in rest pose." - 8th Grade boy
"I think yoga can help you, and it is hard for me to find help." - 8th Grade girl
"The most valuable thing I've learned in yoga is that I can calm myself when I get stressed by just breathing deeply." - 8th Grade boy
Headstand is working to replicate and expand their program nationally. Zobha has committed 10% of every Grace Tank we sell to Headstand. Every Grace Tank has a real and immediate impact: 1 Grace Tank sold = a 50-minute yoga class for 1 student.
"Those who contribute financially now can take pride in establishing Headstand as a leader in school yoga and wellness programming. Help us to provide the profound support that our students and teachers need!" - Katherine Priore, Headstand Founder
To learn more about Headstand, go to headstand.org.
For every Grace Tank sold, Zobha will donate 10% to Headstand.