Member Statement October 31, 2018 – Vinyasa Yoga for Youth
Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to recognize a special group that has worked with Saskatoon youth for the past three years. Vinyasa Yoga for Youth is a registered not-for-profit organization that was founded in 2008 by Ryan Leier and Kristine Divall, a former constituent of mine. One of their goals is to build meaningful connections with youth through the practice of yoga. One interesting program they have is their yogi-in-residence program. This partnership puts one of their teachers in a school or organization to form an understanding of the values and practices of yoga. One organization that benefited from this program is the Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op in my constituency. CNYC is an organization that provides a safe space for inner-city and marginalized youth in Saskatoon. They focus on helping youth develop life and employment skills through hands-on programming and curriculum-approved classes. From 2015 to 2018 the yogi-in-residence at CNYC provided the youth with access to yoga, both on and off the mat, eight hours a week. Yogi-in-residence Lauren Scruton led youth in introductory yoga classes, breathing exercises, and seated meditation. Yoga off the mat introduced such exercises as a daily offering of everyone’s gratitude prior to their lunchtime meal. Mr. Speaker, I would ask that all members join me in acknowledging the important work that the Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op and Youth for Yoga have been doing to help Saskatoon youth improve their skill set and develop confidence. Thank you.