Why We Started a Yoga School
The Greater Mercy Foundation opened Selah Yoga School to serve the community in a variety of ways.
Yoga Teacher Training and Certification is specifically geared toward high school students and young adults. Our training offers a 200 RYS training plus additional hours and emphasis on social-emotional learning, service, and leadership skills to support students on and off the mat preparing them for life.
Yoga for Girls and Kids Community Yoga introduces children and youth of all ages to the benefits of yoga in a non-judgmental, non-competitive, supportive environment. Classes are offered after school and in the community.
Selah Leadership program offers a leadership program for high school students that emphasizes social-emotional skills with community practicum placements.
How We Began
Selah is an outgrowth of the 2017 Here to Be Me project, sponsored by lululemon, to bring the practice of yoga to junior high and high school students. As the project unfolded, and our partnerships expanded, Selah Yoga School was formed.
Our projects engage participants in experiential and transformations work. We tailor our projects to the essential needs of individuals and the community to elevate our collective possibilities. Our core practices incorporate deep listening and meaningful connection.
We offer scholarships and funding assistance as often as possible for those who otherwise would not have access to services.
Since 2018, we have offered four 6-week after school yoga workshops for elementary, junior high, and high school youth, serving a total of 35 students. One of our high school yoga students continues to serve as a mentor in our junior high and elementary classes. We have introduced yoga to over 700 students at Jacob’s Well Elementary, summer camps, Wimberley Valley Library, and local yoga studios.
We are so excited to have our first volunteer mentor, Cosette Snyder. Cosette was a student in our first yoga workshop for high school students. Her presence and contributions to the class have been invaluable. We look forward to expanding this mentoring component as our work unfolds in the community.
Beginning school year 2019-2020 and in partnership with Wimberley ISD, we will launch Selah Leadership program at Wimberley High School offering a 330 hour youth leadership class. Each student will participate in the foundational curriculum to develop important leadership and social-emotional skills with a focus on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision- making.
Students will then be given the opportunity to choose a particular service path. We will coordinate and place students with partner organizations or with our yoga school where they will have the opportunity and experience of putting their leadership into action in real-world ways that positively impact their community.
Other experiential practice placements may include community building, environmental conservation, and peer mentoring projects.
Texas State University has joined the project to determine the short and long term program outcomes.
Follow these links to find out more about Selah Leadership, Yoga for Girls and Kids Community Yoga, and Selah Yoga School Teacher Training and Certification current offerings.
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