Waves of Hope is offered as a program of Yoga 4 B*

 

History

Yoga 4 B is a non-profit organization focused on implementing mindful therapeutic yoga programs in our communities and primarily in our school system. Pamela Leal started Y4B in memory of her beautiful daughter Bailey, who left her body voluntarily in 2013. Just a few years later Baileys younger sister was present during the Parkland High School shooting. Both of these heartbreaking incidents made Pamela aware that there was a need in our communities for our children. Pamela’s dream is to see yoga and mindfulness programs available in schools for kids that are struggling. A safe space where they can talk about their problems and learn new tools to help them cope with any stress or uncomfortable feelings they may be experiencing. Y4B also holds open community yoga sessions regularly in the city of Parkland for anyone interested in attending and a bi-annual Yogathon at the Parkland Amphitheater for mental health awareness.  

 

How we work

Yoga 4 B promotes knowledge of the therapeutic benefits of yoga by teaching yoga in our community and in our schools. We are committed to helping students in a new era of mindfulness and peace, we strive to encourage children, adolescents and teachers to embrace the practice of yoga as a basis for individual mental health and a revitalized society.  We empower students and educators to create positive, peaceful, productive classrooms that support exceptional learning and a lifetime of health and wellness. We are continuously furthering our mission through the expansion and development of programs, training’s, fundraiser and outreach initiatives in our community.

 

 

YOGA 4 MSD

Yoga 4 MSD is a program of Yoga 4 B that offers a yoga program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of the Parkland shooting. Physical education teacher Amy Kenny touted the healing benefits of yoga to students. “The first day back was really tough to deal with … and once I got with my kids, my students, everything sort of lifted and lightened,” Kenny said. “All they wanted me to do was just love on them and hug them, and we did some yoga and read a story about peace.” “Life actually seemed normal for the first time in about two and a half weeks,” said Kenny, who has been teaching yoga at Douglas for two years. She teaches approximately 300 students daily, from freshmen to seniors. She said many of her students texted her in the hours after the shooting and the days that followed, telling her that they relied on the lessons learned during yoga class to remain calm during the chaos that gripped their school on that tragic Valentine’s Day. 
 

For more information on Yoga 4 B please visit: www.yoga4b.com