Yoga Teachers Support Haitian Kids

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Apr 23, 2012

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Compassionate leaders in the yoga community are offering yoga to kids in devastated Haitian communities and classrooms. “Every child deserves the opportunity to recognize their own strengths and power,” believes the YogaKids Bridge of Diamonds Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by Dancing Feet Yoga, a studio in LaPorte, Indiana, and YogaKids International Inc., a program of yoga education for children based in Michigan City, Indiana. One of the foundation’s goals is to provide yoga-based stress relief to children and families in disaster areas. “We have been working with two organizations outside of Port of Prince, Partners in Development and the Haitian American Caucus (HAC),” said Don Wenig, founder of Dancing Feet Yoga, who has been taking groups of yoga teachers to Haiti. “Our first goal involved assisting HAC with a Teachers Summer Institute. We pledged to help [HAC] train teachers to incorporate yoga into their classroom instruction. Our second goal was to share the fun and benefits of yoga with more children. The third goal is to establish a more permanent self-sustaining presence in the country, so that local teachers can earn some extra money and continue the work with children in their communities.” Bridge of Diamonds is organizing ongoing trips to Haiti and is recruiting volunteers to teach yoga to children. To learn more about the program, go to

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at