Girls Only Yoga Program- After School Program

Organization Sponsor: Lakeland District for Sport, Culture & Recreation

Organization Partner: Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada

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Program Description

In April, 4 schools targeting 8 to 12 girls in Gr. 6 – 8 had the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of yoga once/week for 4 weeks from a qualified Iyengar Yoga instructor.The program was designed to reduce barriers of transportation, nutrition, equipment and provide an introduction to sport and recreation in a safe environment, free of charge to all participant.

Program Approximate Cost: 

free

Funding Sources: 

Lyengar Yoga Association of Canada

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Lakeland District for Sport, Culture and Recreation provided the transportation from the Prince Albert Northern Buses to the Margo Fournier Centre and a lunch from the Prince Albert Share-A-Meal Food Bank after each class.
Teachers were willing to come along with the girls to each class. Without their support the girls would not have been able to attend.

Impact Of Program: 

Starting yoga in the teen ages can help not only build strength and flexibility, it can also promote a better self image leading to more confidence in their own abilities and better decision making. Yoga can help reduce stress from studies, improve sleep and a general overall feeling of well-being.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Key Partnerships in the following programs exists between:
Lakeland District Urban Youth Sport Initiative
8 Prince Albert Community Schools,
WJ Berezowsky School & Muskoday
First Nation Community School
Community School Coordinators, Educational Assistants, Recreation Workers & Parent Volunteers
Prince Albert Share-A-Meal Food Bank
Prince Albert Northern Bus Lines
Prince Albert Parkland Health Region (PAPHR) Food For Thought School Nutritionist
City of Prince Albert (through facilities and Community Grant Program/ Urban Aboriginal Community Grant Program)
Wesmor Community High School –Leadership/Mentorship Program

Length and Stage of Project: 

This program started as a pilot project in 2011.

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