OUR KARMA PROJECT
YOGA FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
The children that attend The Ed Foundation's after-school tutoring program at the Port Washington Public Library are all selected on a need basis. Some may have a mild learning disability or behavioral disorder while others have language barriers. The children come to receive extra support with their homework that they may not be receiving at home for various reasons.
The 30+ children also arrive from a long ride on the bus, and are wound up and full of exuberant energy. In small groups of 10 students, our teacher Sasha gives the children a positive outlet for their energy and a chance to relax and calm themselves so they can better focus on their learning.
Firm believer that asana (postures) doesn’t constitute yoga, Sasha is also knowledgeable about other aspects of yoga practice such as pranayam ( breathing techniques), yogic diet, chanting, proper relaxation, positive thinking and meditation, yoga scriptures and teachings. Strong and caring, Sasha encourages students to smile and focus on their breath as they move through a class. After completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training, she began teaching yoga to students of various ages, physical fitness levels and backgrounds. Sasha is also certified to teach kids yoga, and prenatal yoga classes. She is forever grateful to her teachers Sri Dharma Mitra, Yoshio Hama and Prem Sadasivananda, Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda and Ram Das for their guidance, support and wisdom. Sasha believes, that through various techniques of Yoga, we can strengthen and heal our bodies, grow emotionally, learn to control our minds and finally unveil the soul. It is through the constant practice that we can begin to experience many gift of yoga, the most cherished – compassion and humility, and understanding that deep inside we are all the same! All one!
THE ED FOUNDATION
The Ed. Foundation (formerly the PWEF) is an independent, not-for-profit, community-based organization. Their mission supports educational initiatives that are beyond basic educational requirements. Since, 2001, The Ed. Foundation has actively raised funds and awarded grants to enhance and expand educational opportunities for all students in the Port Washington Public Schools.