Aura Yoga California is a yoga and wellness nonprofit organization. We inspire individuals to live empowered, creative and vibrant lives. The physical and emotional benefits of yoga are profoundly healing and life affirming. Our events will transform, revitalize and strengthen the mind, body and spirit.
AYC will host an empowerment program for young adults and teens to practice yoga and leadership, yoga and the healing mind, yoga and human rights awareness, yoga and public art and community enrichment. AYC will host public yoga retreats, workshops and classes.
AYC explores dynamic innovations in the field and is working with the City of San Francisco; and plans to work with the U.S. Department of Justice The Office of Violence Against Women and the United Nations Women to increase knowledge and awareness of gender inequality and violence and will uphold global norms and standards.
A LETTER FROM AURA YOGA'S FOUNDER
Yoga is a powerful and ancient practice that inspires greater self-realization, confidence and strength. As the body flows from one asana to the next refreshed energy heightens the individual's sense of awareness.
For 12 months I sought treatment at the University of California, San Francisco Trauma Recovery Center. During this time I was also working on my Master's degree in the School of Advertising at the Academy of Art University. The California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) supported me because I am a survivor of a violent crime. When I practiced yoga I started to feel a profound reconnection of my mind, body and soul that my traumatic experiences unraveled. I begin to gain an awareness of my feelings, motivations, and values which have previously been unconscious. As we acquire full appreciation for the nature and quality of our own feelings, we find that the positive feelings (love, compassion, etc.) are satisfying, meaningful and wholesome experiences in and of themselves.
Spring of 2018, I attended the EVAWI training conference and felt profoundly inspired by the directors of this organization because of what I experienced in San Francisco after reporting my case to the SFPD. Rape, sexual assault and violence against women are severe human rights violations, yet they remain widespread around the globe. The EVAWI mission is powerful, "We envision a world where gender- based violence is unacceptable, where perpetrators are held accountable, and victims receive the compassion, support, and justice they deserve."
Thank you! Whitney Greer Peterson
Zuda Yoga Power Vinyasa Teacher Training Certificate 200-hrs; Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training Certificate 300-hours; International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Teacher Certificate 200-hrs
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