YOGA4CHANGE: A KRIPALU ALUMNI CREATES TRANSFORMATION IN HER COMMUNITY
As someone who has personally struggled with PTSD and ADHD, Kripalu Yoga teacher Chaucey Perreault understands that trauma comes in many shapes and forms. Yoga4Change, her not-for-profit based in Meriden, Connecticut, takes that into consideration when teaching to a wide range of populations, including preschoolers, elementary school children, urban teens, adolescents healing from addiction and mental-health disorders, low-income seniors, low-income families and Spanish-speakers.
New Haven Indipendent
YOGA REVIVES CITY SENIORS
The Monday afternoon class, taught by Lina Chase under the auspices of Yoga4Change, a group affiliated with Meriden’s Women and Families Center, is helping Johnson and Bailey and eight other seniors in their group to throw away their canes, increase flexibility, improve digestion, and learn to use conscious breathing and meditation to just not worry as much about what tomorrow will bring.
SERVING EVERYONE FROM AGE 3 TO 103
“We started out with this idea that you could bring the best of what yoga has to offer and what mindfulness practices have to offer to folks who would never have the opportunity to access them,” said Chaucey Perreault, the program director.
As interest in the classes grew, Yoga4Change started offering “two-generational classes,” with programs geared specifically for children, and then their parents afterward, Perreault said. “It just grew from there,” she said.
The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven
CHANGING MINDS AND BODIES ONE CLASS AT A TIME
n 2014, Yoga4Change (Y4C) received a Year Round Small Grant from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to support a pilot program to bring yoga to four different community settings in Wallingford and New Haven. The 10-week mindfulness-based yoga sessions were introduced to under-served populations to alleviate pain, reduce stress and strengthen the body’s well being.