New Life for Old Yoga Mats

New Life for Old Yoga Mats

Through the month of April, Yoga Buzz has teamed up with Subaru and St. Louis Earth Day to collect your old yoga mats (and props and activewear)!

Bring your old yoga mat to a Yoga Buzz event, one of our dozen different collection locations (listed below), or to the Yoga Buzz Zen Den at the St. Louis Earth Day Festival, and we will add it to our collection.

Yoga mats that are in good, reusable condition will be donated to the following yoga programs, developed by Yoga Buzz Teacher Training graduates and faculty:

Trauma-Informed Yoga for Kids:

Complete Harmony is a brand new kids yoga studio, created by Melissa Dierker.  Melissa created Complete Harmony to provide a studio with a trauma-informed approaches to yoga that are dedicated just to kids and teens. After working with kids who have experienced trauma as a social worker for 10 years, she realized how trauma-sensitive yoga and mindfulness could help build a strong support for families.  Her approach empowers individuals reach complete harmony with their mind, body, and spirit, while processing and learning new strategies in an ever-changing world.

St. Louis’ first Accessible Yoga Studio:

April Morrison is developing Ellipsis Studio specifically to fill the void present in conventional yoga.  This space will feature a fully ADA-accessible building, chairs available for every student – which double as works of art by local artists, and a wide-assortment of yoga classes dedicated to support the needs of diverse communities, from LGBTQ, larger bodies, people of color, trauma-informed, and more. Keep an eye out – grand opening is scheduled for May 13, 2017.

Yoga for Teens (16+) with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities:

After years working with St. Louis Arc, Carly McElvaine identified an opportunity to share yoga and mindfulness with young adults.  These tools teach resiliency, coping skills, communication skills, and more to young adults navigating life through an intellectual disability.

Pre-Natal Yoga for Underserved Communities:

Simiya Sidduth is a doula, called to birthwork because of the dire need of culturally competent birth services.  She is a firm believer in accessible, culturally relevant birth services as a means to eliminate racial and health disparities in underserved communities. As a doula offering full spectrum support including pre-natal yoga, the core focus of Sage Moon Doula is serving underserved communities: teens, families of color, LGBT*QI families and low income communities.

Yoga at African Cultural Arts in East St. Louis:

Sunshine Cultural Arts Center has been working with young people in East St. Louis since 1978.  Through working with East St. Louis School District, local community organizations and civic leaders, they put their belief in the power of collaboration into action. At the center, young people have opportunities to engage in a variety of cultural, art-based expressions, participate in supervised recreational activities, and receive life-skills mentoring and academic tutoring. Yoga Buzz Teacher Training faculty member Amber Howlett has recently opened a dedicated yoga space at the center, to create a place to share body, breath, and mindfulness within the curriculum.

Yoga to connect with the young African-American community through trap and hip-hop music:

Brittany L Hill creates sonically driven yoga practices, centering her classes around musical energy.  She is the heart, brains, and magic-filled soul behind Back Trap Yoga, St. Louis’ first yoga experience that sets yoga to the soundtrack of Trap music – a high-energy, sweat-glistening yoga class where you can meet God and Guwop in the same place.

A free weekly community yoga program on the farm in Ferguson:

Yoga Buzz is excited to be teaming up with EarthDance Farms in Ferguson to develop the first-ever Living Yoga Studio; a biodynamic studio space in a greenhouse on the farm that offers weekly community yoga classes at no cost.  Stay tuned for more information – this is going to be groundbreaking (in more ways than one!).

We will take yoga mats that have seen better days, too! Yoga mats that have seen their last down dog will be donated to local area animal shelters, to make foster pets comfortable in their foster homes.

We will be selling the gently-used activewear at the Yoga Buzz Zen Den at St. Louis Earth Day Festival on April 22-23, with proceeds going toward our Living Yoga Studio project with EarthDance Farms!

Clean out your closet (or, let’s be honest, the trunk of your car) and drop off your yoga things to one of these locations:

Blue Bird Yoga

Valley Yoga

Wildwood Yoga

River Bend Yoga

Southtown Yoga

Practicing Yoga

Yoga Six (Des Peres)

Lululemon on Maryland Plaza (CWE)

Joy of Yoga

Shanti Yoga

Mindful Movements

View the map of drop-off location here.

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