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Contact: Dori Digenti, Breathing Space Yoga & Mindfulness Studio, Holyoke, MA breathingspaceholyoke@gmail.com 413.437.0747

NEW FUND CREATED TO SUPPORT YOGA IN PRISONS AND ADDICTION RECOVERY CENTERS IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

HOLYOKE, MA (JUNE 12, 2019) – Breathing Space Yoga & Mindfulness Studio is pleased to announce the creation of the SEED TO FLOWER FUND FOR YOGA SERVICE at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

The SEED TO FLOWER FUND FOR YOGA SERVICE, when fully funded, will offer mini-grants to nonprofit charities to support teachers offering trauma-informed yoga in Western Mass prisons and recovery centers.

Trauma-informed yoga practice has been shown to relieve stress, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression, and to promote empathy, reduce reactivity, and support emotional stability. Many yoga teachers in the area have volunteered their time to lead yoga classes for system-involved people and those with addictions, but the demand for volunteers has always outstripped the supply. The SEED TO FLOWER FUND FOR YOGA SERVICE is intended to help fill this gap by making grants to nonprofits, so that they can in turn pay yoga teachers for many more prisons and recovery centers to offer yoga.

Breathing Space will be donating 100% of profits from classes and workshops to build the Fund. Fundraising campaigns are planned to build the fund’s assets.

About Breathing Space Yoga & Mindfulness Studio

Breathing Space (a 501c3 nonprofit) is dedicated to bringing low-cost, accessible, body-positive yoga, mindfulness, and mindful eating to all, using simple forms and plain language. The Studio, located in the STEAM Building in Holyoke’s Innovation District, offers weekly classes, workshops, and special events regularly. Our nonprofit mission includes the offering of trauma-informed yoga at prisons and at recovery centers in Western Massachusetts, in partnership with the Prison Yoga Project.

About the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts seeks to enrich the quality of life of the people of the Western Massachusetts region by: encouraging philanthropy; developing a permanent, flexible endowment; assessing and responding to emerging and changing needs; serving as a resource, catalyst and coordinator for charitable activities; and promoting efficiency in the management of charitable funds. The Community Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process.

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