AUM HOME SHALA

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Miami, FL   |  http://aumhomeshala.org

Mission

With a focus on “unity in diversity” and the acceptance of different approaches to yoga, AUM hOMe Shala's mission is to promote knowledge of the therapeutic benefits of yoga, through teaching, research, and training yoga teachers and yoga therapists. We strive to encourage people of all ages and abilities—including children, adolescents, those with disabilities or chronic health conditions, and other underserved populations—to embrace the practice of yoga as a basis for both individual health and a revitalized society. We further our mission, which is non-discriminatory and ecumenical in nature, through the expansion and development of programming, trainings, community clinics, and outreach initiatives aimed at shifting paradigms through the use of yoga, yoga therapy, and meditation.

Ruling year info

2009

Director

Melinda D. Atkins

Main address

3104 Florida Ave

Miami, FL 33133 USA

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EIN

27-0334306

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Due to numerous documented injuries sustained while doing yoga, there is a misconception that the practice can be dangerous and ill advised for certain demographics. However, such injuries are generally due to large classes taught by teachers who are inadequately prepared to address the needs of certain demographics. There is also an overall lack of understanding of the difference between a yoga class and a group yoga therapy session. A typical yoga class is led by an instructor who has a minimum amount of training (200 hours) with little awareness of the safety factors involved in teaching a multi-level class for varying ages and abilities. A group yoga therapy session is led by a Certified Yoga Therapist, a graduate of an accredited yoga therapy school with a minimum of 1000 hours of training, including an extensive Clinical Practicum, who is skilled in teaching both multi-level classes and an array of demographics. Such specialized classes have a 10:1 or less student-teacher ratio.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Yoga Therapy for Parkinson and other Neuro-Degenerative Diseases

Funded by a $13,900 grant from the National Parkinson Foundation, the program has a two-pronged approach that includes yoga therapy trainings for those who work with this population, and small-group classes for those living with these diseases and their caregivers. The free yoga therapy training is designed for yoga teachers, caregivers, and health-care workers who work with or are interested in working with individuals who have Parkinson’s and other neuro-motor degenerative diseases (e.g., MS and ALS). The free small-group classes assist individuals with Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and other related health conditions and challenges to manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance, and increase vitality.

Population(s) Served

Open free to the community on select Thursdays - Saturdays, August through June, the clinic provides free, ongoing yoga therapy protocols to individuals dealing with a wide range of health conditions, including spinal cord injuries, MS, cancer, chronic respiratory and cardiac conditions, fibromyalgia, severe scoliosis, anxiety and depression and chronic conditions . Yoga therapist trainees and their supervisors create customized protocols for each individual, and follow the client through a series of nine sessions over a three-month period.

Population(s) Served

AUM Home Shala’s accredited Yoga Therapy Program is a clinical approach to blending the yogic wisdom of the East with the complementary medicine of the West. The curriculum is designed to train yoga teachers as yoga therapists, equipped to apply the tools, techniques, and philosophy of yoga to help treat common and chronic conditions in clinical settings. The program comprises two modules and a clinical practicum. Graduates are equipped to work not only with private clients but also with medical specialists, including physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, and osteopaths. Funding supports partial scholarships enabling applicants with financial need to attend the course and bring yoga therapy back to their communities.

Population(s) Served

AUM Home Shala is committed to the development of programs for underserved student populations. We introduce yoga programs in Miami-Dade County Title I public schools each fall, as a means of helping youngsters manage test stress as they prepare for the Florida Comprehensive Aptitude Test (FCAT). Prior to the first yoga class, students take a 90-question online survey, prepared by Shala educators, which helps us determine their specific needs in various areas of health, stress management, and lifestyle. Upon completion of the program, students take an online post-survey that shows us in which areas they have received the greatest benefit. Last year’s program was supported by a Rachel Greene Memorial Fund grant from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. In 2015, the Dade County school system asked us to work with their students for three full months—leading up to the FCAT, during FCAT administration, and following the FCAT. AUM Home Shala designed similar programming for the annual Chill Out program, sponsored by the national organization Do The Right Thing and the City of Miami Police Department, helping elementary, middle, and high school students relax and focus in preparation for the FCATs. This program was also supported by a Rachel Greene Memorial Fund grant from Kripalu.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to promote knowledge of the therapeutic benefits of yoga, through teaching, research, and training yoga teachers and yoga therapists. Committed to helping usher in a new era of peace, we strive to encourage people of all ages and abilities—including children, adolescents, those with disabilities or chronic health conditions, and other underserved populations—to embrace the practice of yoga as a basis for both individual health and a revitalized society. AUM is deeply committed to offering free yoga therapy programming for people of all ages who are dealing with a wide range of chronic diseases and disabilities. In addition, our goal is to create the yoga therapists of the future—compassionate, knowledgeable practitioners who have a myriad of safe, scientifically validated, yoga-based tools at their disposal to support clients and work closely with medical professionals.

With the help of grants from the Parkinson's Foundation and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, among others, our strategy is to expand our free offerings, with the goal of sharing the healing power of yoga with as many people as possible. Strategies for the expansion and development of programming, trainings, community clinics, symposiums, and outreach initiatives in universities, schools, hospitals, and other health-care facilities are aimed at shifting paradigms through the use of yoga, yoga therapy, and meditation. AUM supports those healing from mental health conditions, substance abuse, and other addictions, as evidenced by our development of a 100-Hour Yoga Therapy for Mental Health training with a focus on depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, PTSD, ADHD, addiction, eating disorders, and body image. We also continue to create and deliver curriculum designed to build stress resilience and self-regulation skills for middle and high school students in Miami public schools.

AUM’s Clinical Yoga Therapy Certification Program, accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), expands professional development for certified yoga teachers and prepares them to use yoga therapy to increase health and well-being in a wide range of settings, for diverse populations. Students who complete our 1200-hour curriculum are equipped to offer yoga therapy protocols working alongside medical specialists, physical therapists, chiropractors and osteopaths. AUM trains compassionate, knowledgeable practitioners who have a myriad of safe, scientifically validated, yoga-based tools at their disposal and a familiarity with the evolution of the teachings and philosophy of the yoga tradition and its relevance to support clients and work closely with medical professionals. Our program goes beyond theory by offering hands-on practicum experience so that students are equipped to work with a wide range of demographics.

As Florida's only accredited yoga therapy school, we have recently completed our first reaccreditation and have expanded our curriculum from 800 to 1200 hours, including extended specialty courses taught by renowned doctors and other esteemed faculty members who are pioneers in the field. Specialty programs that we have developed and/or offered during the past five years include: 100-hour Mental Health and Yoga Therapy; 40-hour Yoga Therapy for Cancer; 45-hour Yoga Therapy for the Heart; Yoga Therapy for at-risk pregnancies; Yoga Therapy for Parkinson's and other Neuro-motor Degenerative Disorders; and Yoga Therapy for Osteoporosis. Additionally, we have created partnerships within our community and neighboring communities in Broward County to reach more people and make our programs more accessible. These include the Parkinson's Foundation; Easter Seals of South Florida; Holy Cross Hospital in Broward County; and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.

Financials

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AUM HOME SHALA

Board of directors
as of 09/27/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Melinda Atkins

AUM Home Shala

Term: 2009 -


Board co-chair

Albert Corrada

Albert Corrada, CPA

Term: 2009 -

Dorothy Atkins

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