Last year, we started seeking to help people who were medically/physically in need of yoga but couldn’t necessarily afford it. We are honored and humbled to provide scholarships for yogis in need. We feel like it is our karma work to give back to the community. We started our monthly meditation classes that raise money for monthly expenses and you have been a huge help.
But something has been heavy on our minds… meet Liam. He has worked with us off and on for nearly a year. We just adore him and see such a difference when he is able to do yoga. We’d love to be able to develop a comprehensive care plan for Liam including kids yoga, yoga and monthly private lessons.
But we need your help!
Liam, 10, brings joy to all who know him! He was diagnosed with Juvenile Dermatomyositis [JDM] when he was 5. JDM is an autoimmune disease that affects all muscles in body with weakness, stiffness, and a loss in range of motion.
His activities are limited as sun exposure triggers his JDM so he has to find indoor activities that help strengthen him and make him more flexible. His doctors prescribed him several different therapy options but insurance would not cover the full cost of his therapies and the out of pocket expense was outrageous so his family began searching for other options. This search led to yoga and specifically to Ebb & Flow through his grandmother “Maga” Cathy Warr.
“Yoga opened a whole new world for Liam,” writes Kirsten Warr, Liam’s mom. “As a boy who can’t play sports and do what most other boys cans do, he was missing the physical confidence in knowing that his body is strong and capable to perform. Yoga has given him that — he has begun to see himself as strong! When he holds a hard pose or finishes an hour adult class he has such pride in himself.”
“Yoga has also helped in his flexibility and range of motion issues,” adds Kirsten. “His doctors noticed right away the change in his tightness of calves and heels when he started yoga. Yoga has been an all around gift in Liam’s life and we only wish we would have thought out of the box and tried yoga therapy sooner.”
We are hoping to raise at least $700 to bring Liam and his mom into the studio for classes for the year!
Can you help us meet and exceed our goal? Every little bit will help! Drop your donation in the jar at the front desk. AND, when you see Liam,be sure to introduce yourself!