Grab your kids, your mom and your phone. You need them for a quick photo today, May 6, through May 8. For every photo of you and your kids or you and your mom that you post on Instagram, Powerflow Yoga will give $1 to yogisheart!
It’s that easy to raise money for a wonderful cause.
PFY wanted to do something special for charity this Mother’s Day, and yogisheart is near and dear to them. Founder Trella Dolgin (in the photo with her mom) is one of PFY’s most popular teachers in Glen Rock. She started yogisheart because as a middle school science teacher, she sees how badly young people need yoga. They go through a lot! So every month, yogisheart gives away a one-year, paid yoga scholarship to an applicant who has shown need. Yogisheart foots the bill because they know how much yoga helps people.
You can help too! All you do is post a photo of you and your kids or you and your mom in a yoga post tomorrow, May 6 through Sunday, May 8. Powerflow will done $1 for each photo with the following tags: @powerflowyoganj, @yogisheart and #PFYMomsGiveBack.
We hope you’ll bond with your loved ones, raise money for a good cause and have fun. Get your posts ready for this weekend!
“We hear about the pressures of being a young person in the world today over and over again,” says Kelly Corcoran, co-founder of yogisheart and store manager of lululemon in Montclair. Yogisheart, a non-profit organization, has given away more than 30 yoga scholarships to young people who wouldn’t otherwise get to practice. The annual Pregame event happened this Saturday in Hohokus at Flow Yoga, and it exceeded Corcoran’s wildest expectations.
“We raised $9,665,” explains Trella Dolgin, also a co-founder. In addition to being a yoga instructor, she teaches sixth grade at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood. “More than 100 people attended,” she adds. Guests took an uplifting yoga class and then ate vegan (and regular) hot dogs, popcorn, hot pretzels and donuts. They enjoyed glasses of wine and a keg of beer. Emily Hsu from Emily Hsu Designs sold her sweet and colorful yoga leggings and generously donated 10 percent of the night’s sales.
“We are so grateful for the support of the yoga community,” Dolgin says. “Pregame was special this year because it brought together so many different studios and diverse people for one cause.” The money will support about 8 full yoga scholarships. Yogisheart gives away a one-year scholarship to someone in need once every month.
“Thank you to everyone who came out, had fun and supported us,” Doglin adds.
Check back soon to hear about upcoming yogisheart events!
Yogisheart wants to make Super Bowl weekend even more super. For the third year in a row, the we are throwing the charitable event called Pregame 2016 at Flow Yoga Studio in Ho-Ho-Kus. People who attend will find inspiration, do yoga poses, eat great food, drink refreshing beer (and non-alcoholic beverages) and have so much fun. One hundred percent of ticket sales go to yogisheart, our non-profit that provides yoga to young adults who need it but otherwise could not afford to practice.
Yoga is more than just exercise. Yes, it strengthens, lengthens and stabilizes the body. But even more importantly, yoga calms the mind. Yoga has been shown to decrease depression and increase good mood. It’s a healthy, natural alternative therapy that yogisheart wants to offer to students who could reap the benefits. Every month, yogisheart gives away 1 full year of yoga classes to a deserving young person at a studio that’s convenient to her or him. Most of the recipients—they go through an application process—are in New Jersey, but yogisheart has given away these scholarships nationwide.
At this year’s Pregame, yogisheart hopes to raise $8,000, which is enough to provide about 7 scholarships in 2016. The rest of the annual income comes from donations and smaller fundraisers. Last year, more than 150 people attended the Pregame.
“Pregame is a fun and inspirational celebration where yogis from all over gather to help create scholarships that enable young adults to thrive in a very difficult time of life,” explains yogisheart co-founder Trella Dolgin. In addition to teaching yoga, she also teaches full-time at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood.
This year’s pregame takes place on Saturday, February 6 from 6 to 10 pm. Dolgin will begin the evening with a yogisheart update. Then, expect a fantastic and heartwarming yoga class led by Joe Gandarillas, a popular teacher with several years’ experience. “His classes are always so welcoming, fun and they bring everyone together with a powerful message,” explains Kelly Corcoran, also a co-founder and manager at lululemon in Montclair.
So come to Pregame and know you’re doing a good thing. “These young people are desperately searching to know themselves and feel comfortable in their own skin. We see over the course of a year of practicing yoga, our scholarship recipients experience a positive shift in perspective,” Corcoran adds.
yogisheart Pregame 2016
Who: All yogis and friends. All ages and levels.
What: Yoga class with Joe Gandarillas followed by food, drinks and fun
When: Saturday, Feb. 6 from 6 to 10 pm
Where: Flow Yoga Studio
22 Hollywood Ave. #4
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423
Cost: $60 per ticket, a second ticket for people ages 15 to 25 is available for $30
Kino Macgregor and yogisheart Want to Send a Yogi to India
Whether you want to help other people, or you want a free trip to India, we have a story for you!
The fantastic Kino Macgregor (pictured left) teamed up with the local non-profit organization yogisheart to send one student to Mysore, India, to study and practice—all expenses paid.
The founder of yogisheart, Trella Dolgin, is so incredibly excited. Yogisheart gives away one yoga scholarship—that’s a year of paid classes at a studio—to one young person each month. The applicants are carefully chosen, and yogisheart’s goal is to change lives for the better through yoga.
It’s always been a dream for Andrew and Trella to send the right person to India. Kino Macgregor contacted them because she totally had the same idea.
So for today only, Kino will match any donations made to yogisheart here. One lucky young person will get an all-expenses-paid, rock-your-world trip to India to deeply study yoga. Think you are the right person to go? Apply here!
Give or apply today to this incredible initiative called Journey to India. This is more proof that when people work together, amazing things happen and lives are changed.
If you haven’t heard, we want to make your Super Bowl weekend great. It’s not just for football fans, after all. It’s for yogis and friends of yogis, too. That’s why Yogisheart is hosting the Pregame this Saturday, January 31, from 6 to 10 pm.
Need some reasons to go? We have 10 good ones. (Thanks Powerflow Yoga for this list!)
1. The incredible Jody Domerstad will lead a 60-minute, all-levels flow. Come see why all her classes are packed. Jody has been teaching yoga for 20 years and is recently back from a year-long hiatus after nearly dying from a brain tumor. You need to meet this woman.
2. It won’t be just the yogis flowing. Yogisheart will provide alcohol including a signature cocktail, beer and Folonari wine. Why? Because football fans shouldn’t hog up all the fun this weekend. And because this is a pregame!
3. Satisfy your hunger after you work up a sweat. There will be so much from sushi to sandwiches to cupcakes.
4. You know the awesome designer K. Deer? She’s unveiling a new Yogisheart Pregame legging at the event. These sold out last year.
5. Look into your past, present and future. Queen Helene will read astrological charts representing her company, Heart House. Bring your exact birthday details including time and place of birth for the best results, Helene said.
6. Get your hair done. Moxie salon will be offering dry ‘dos.
7. Rock on. Freddy Bass (AKA Freddy Pastore, who teaches yoga at PFY sometimes), is DJ-ing the class and the party.
8. Buy yoga goodies. Yogic vendors are bringing the goods you want most, including flash tattoos.
9. All proceeds will go to Yogisheart, a non-profit created by PFY instructor Trella Dolgin. She also teaches sixth grade public school students in Ridgewood. Yogisheart provides yoga scholarships to young people in need all over the country.
10. Fun. So much. Bring your friends.
Here are the details you need–grab your friends and act fast. Pregame sold out last year.
Yogisheart Pregame Yoga Event
Who: All yogis and their friends, all ages, all levels
What: Juicy yoga class with Jody Domerstad set to live DJ music followed by drinks, food and shopping
Where: Force Athletic Turf (enter through Flow Yoga)
22 Hollywood Ave., Suite 4
Ho-ho-kus, NJ 07423
When: Saturday, January 31 from 6 to 10 pm
Cost: $75 with all proceeds going to charity. Register now because this will sell out!
It’s yogis heart Pregame time again! What is Pregame, you ask? It’s a big yoga party that takes place the night before the Super Bowl on Saturday, January 31. Last year, Pregame sold out quickly. Why? Because it is so unique, entertaining and beautiful. Believe us when we tell you, you do not want to miss it.
The annual Pregame event is all about connecting our yoga community in a fun and meaningful way. Friends spend time together while raising money for yogis heart, a non-profit that provides yoga for young people in need.
So here’s all the incredible stuff going on at this year’s Pregame. From 6 to 7:15 p.m., popular New Jersey teacher Jody Domerstad will lead one big, gigantic, all-levels yoga class. Our DJ, Freddy Bass (AKA yoga teacher Freddy Pastore) will provide live beats to get you moving. Afterward, people will mingle over delicious food and drinks. (Pssst. Wine! Beer! A signature cocktail!) The incredible K.Deer will launch a new legging print while other vendors provide great shopping experiences. Wait! There is more. Moxie will provide dry hairstyles after class and an astrologist will do readings.
It’s going to be a blast. So grab your friends, your partner, your family and your co-workers and head to yogis heart Pregame to make this year’s Super Bowl weekend a total blast. Register for Pregame here. Do it soon before we sell out.
yogis heart Pregame Event
When: Saturday, January 31 from 6 to 10 p.m.
What: A great fundraiser that includes a Jody Domerstad yoga class, food, drinks, shopping, music and fun
Where: Force Performance Training at Flow Yoga
22 Hollywood Ave., #4
Cost: $75 per person, all proceeds go to yogis heart 501C. Register now!
How cool is this? High School English teacher Stefanie Gross (pictured right) noticed how stressed out her students had become in her class. It was affecting their grades and the quality of their lives. Also a yoga instructor, Stefanie started doing 5 minutes of breathing with them at the beginning of class and a 5-minute savasana at the end. A little yoga turned into a lot. It was so helpful and popular that Stefanie started a free after school yoga club that went from 10 kids to 200.
Soon after, she created a curriculum and convinced her principal to offer classes during the school day. Her non-profit, Move Through Yoga, was born. Now she offers free classes to teenagers in a few different schools in her area of Boca Raton, Florida. Check them out on Instagram at #MTYyogis.
Trella Dolgin (pictured right), our Yogi’s Heart founder, and Stefanie Gross–both with similar missions to give access to yoga for young people–needed to meet! So they did this summer, and a true partnership and friendship was born.
Yogi’s Heart is happy to offer two one-year yoga scholarships to Move Through Yoga students in Florida this December and in February, 2015. Stay tuned, and we’ll tell you more about the recipients!
In the meantime, here’s what Stefanie had to say about Move Through Yoga when she talked to me recently:
Kristen Kemp: How would you explain Move Through Yoga to people you just meet?
Stefanie Gross: We offer a dynamic full-year, yoga elective that has three focal points: moving through yoga and sitting in meditation, understanding anatomical issues to move through yoga safely, and teaching life skills including coping mechanisms and the ability to be introspective. In essence students, who move through yoga, move through life.
KK: What is the goal of what you do?
SG: I would love to see MTY in every high school nationwide. When schools prioritize graduating mind-body fit students they are preparing well-rounded, balanced students to be active participants in their future education endeavors, as well as in the world at large. Students who move through yoga have an undeniable greater sense of calm and confidence to move through the rest of their day–in and out of school.
KK: Tell me about the most rewarding part of your job.
SG: In the MTY classroom you literally witness daily change. To know that MTY has provided the means for high school students to tune in to their mind-body connections, and tune-out from all the hubbub–even for one period a day–is priceless.
Help make Stefanie’s dreams for teens come true and donate to Move Through Yoga today.
“Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think;
whatever you want, be sure that is what you want;
whatever you feel, be sure that is what you feel.”
–T. S. Eliot
In January of 2014, I started my year-long scholarship with Yogis Heart. I was gifted an entire year of unlimited yoga at any studio I chose. It is now September, 9 months later, a good time, I felt, to do a bit of reflection.
I remember when I started the scholarship; I was so excited! I thought , “Great! Everything from here on out is going to be better! My skin will clear up; I will lose weight; I will be less stressed; I’ll have lots of friends because I’ll be so much happier in general and I’ll have so much more time to give back to others because of the reduced stress! Everything will be perfect now that I don’t have to worry about paying for yoga!” Fist pump! Woo hoo!
Ummmm not quite.
There are so many journalistic and Op-Ed pieces printed in the media about how yoga can change one’s life. It can aid breast cancer survivors on their paths towards recovery. It’s great for digestion. It is a fantastic tool for stress management. It is often an essential factor in addiction centers. Even the great and powerful Dr Oz has touted yoga as a fantastic way to “stretch your way to better health.”
I am certainly not disagreeing with any of those things. I love yoga, for its spiritual and physical benefits combined. It is probably one of my favorite things about the life I currently live, and I am to be able to practice it on a regular basis.
Still, it hasn’t “fixed” me in the ways that I necessarily expected. As I mentioned above, I thought that once I no longer had to worry about paying for yoga, all of my troubles would simply melt away in the hot rooms. I (naïvely) thought that once you take away one hindrance, you take away them all. All or nothing mentality much? So lo and behold I was shocked (SHOCKED) to find that just because I practice asana a lot, my life wasn’t perfect.
Dealing with an addictive personality has been a long-term struggle of mine. The interesting thing is that I feel that what I am most addicted to is myself. Yoga didn’t “cure” that, and I have the funny feeling that it will never cure that. Yoga did not take me away from thinking about myself and all of the “me” issues that I conjure up on a daily basis. In fact yoga did/ and continues to do the opposite. It has made me turn in and think about what is really going on; why there is so much self -hatred? Why do I think I’m not good enough? Why do I say I am lonely, but shy away from opportunities to improve relationships? Yoga makes me think about these things.
And you know what? It sucks! It is not comfortable. And this discomfort shows up in many ways, through my physical body as well as in my actions. I thought yoga was supposed to give me the perfect body and then everything else in my life would follow suit, and that is so not what happened. Yoga gave me a life; or rather it showed me that I have the ability to live one. Not to live perfection, but to live a life that is perfectly imperfect. Doing that is not simple and it is certainly not easy, but it’s real. Real is what I aspire to be and how I strive to live : Raw, Educated, Adventurous Life.