Announcing my FIRST "Manifest Monthly: Yoga workshops to deepen your physical practice while giving back"! Our FIRST organization we will be supporting: 'M.A.D.E. Transitional Services'!
I had the great honor of meeting the founders of M.A.D.E.-Transitional Services, “Making A Difference Everyday”, through my dear friend and soul sister, Dr. Deborah Adamy. At the time, she was hosting a benefit concert for the organization at her home in Nyack, NY; see all those lovely faces above! I had already listened to the podcasts* and felt such a heart-led connection to the founders, Tarik Greene and Toney Earl, Jr.
M.A.D.E. Transitional Services solve critical social justice problems and provide opportunities for people who were formerly incarcerated and their families to thrive.
Their vision is to contribute to the betterment of the community at large by increasing public safety, preventing crime, reducing recidivism and supporting the individual change and success of each participant who seeks to make that change. They look to change the way an individual returning to their community from prison is perceived by equipping them with the necessary tools and skills to enhance the effectiveness of those who work with them.
Their evidence-based and well-rounded programs take a human-centered approach to achieving their vision by offering training, curricula and professional development programs, as well as housing, counseling and more. With 3 in 4 formerly incarcerated individuals being unable to find jobs in the first year after release, and the fact that 1 in 3 adults of working age in the U.S. have a criminal record, their programs are of great service to our country.
When I arrived at Deb’s home for the concert, I immediately ran up to Tarik and Toney and gave them big hugs. I was so lovingly received by both. I cannot express my gratitude to these two men for the work that they do and for the lives that they support and change everyday. Not to mention my needed and grounding parenting support from dear friend, Tarik, who’s son and my son are the same age! Thank you.
*Please listen to the founders interviews on Dr. Adamy’s podcast, “Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire”:
Toney Earl, Jr.
You can also watch the incredible singers and songwriters in the “Glow Sessions” below! These are the same musicians I was lucky enough to watch live at the concert fundraising event at Dr. Adamy’s house! Composed and recorded to create a CD to benefit M.A.D.E., if you wish to purchase it, click HERE!
The above photo is a moment with the musicians, Dr. Adamy and her husband, Paul, and Tarik and Toney after the concert! Both the photo above, and the videography you will experience in the music video below, were created by the talented Wil Adamy.
Please listen to these heart opening “Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire” conversations with two men who have benefited from M.A.D.E. transitional services:
Everest Cruz, who is a 29 yr. old resident at the Fletcher Boykin transitional house for formerly incarcerated men in Spring Valley, NY, ran by M.A.D.E. Transitional Services.
Tyler Mix, fitness trainer and DJ who also lived at the Fletcher Boykin house.
M.A.D.E. not only supports formerly incarcerated men and women, they also have a youth mentoring program. Learn more about it HERE.
**Please remember that even if you cannot make the workshop, you can still donate! You can donate straight to M.A.D.E. here, or you can still choose to donate thru me.**
From the survey I sent out, we have a day, time, and workshop focus WINNER!…
Please join me Sunday, November 22nd, from 11:00 to 12:15 p.m. for CORE and MORE!
The intention is to build core stability with the peak pose of the arm balance of crow. Do you need to do crow in this workshop? No. Will you gain strength and learn about how to approach it with use of your pelvic floor lock, abdomen lock, and more? Yes! This is a workshop for all levels of practitioners; and there will be something for everyone!
This workshop is just $20, but remember you have option to pay more if you feel called and it’s available for you to do so. Every month I will be donating 50% of whatever contributions I collect to the organization of the month! If you can’t attend the workshop, but feel called to support, feel free to go directly to the organizations website and donate in Yoga’s name! 🙂
You can donate straight to M.A.D.E. here.
To register for the workshop: simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “core”!
Once you email me and have paid, I will send you the zoom link for the workshop!
Payments can be made through Venmo, Zelle, or sending a personal check.
Zelle: use my email, email@example.com
FUTURE MANIFEST MONTHLY DATES TO PLUG IN YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
-Sunday, December 20th, 11-12:15pm
-Sunday, January 17th, 11-12:15pm
-Sunday, February 21st, 11-12:15pm
-Sunday, March 21st, 11-12:15pm
The organizations being supported in future Manifest Monthly’s is yet to be determined. I will reference the survey I had sent out asking you what organizations you want to support! If you want to fill that survey out, click HERE.
*Some of you might remember Dr. Adamy’s podcast series from when she interviewed me. If you missed that interview, you can listen HERE. And, we might just have a follow-up interview in the works, so stay tuned and subscribe to her podcast wherever you get your podcasts from!
May you be well, may you be safe, my you know peace. Love to all, Shawna
Breathe and Believe.