Sonima Foundation website is up and it’s moving

The last time we checked in with the Sonima Foundation, its website was under construction.

Cat stretch, part of the Sonima curriculum. Via

That work now is done. You can check out the new, and I think it fair to say improved, site right here.

It has a breakdown of the yoga curriculum, under its “Healthy Bodies” program, that runs from warm up to a recover stage. The poses will look familiar — although not all of them, if you’re just sticking with Ashtanga.

It also cites the rationale behind bringing health and wellness programs to the K-12 system. Facts such as 70% of parents reporting their children experience stress from school and homework.

There’s a missing factor to address those challenges. To quote the Foundation: “In short: self-knowledge.” (Wasn’t I just talking about that?)

And, for those interested in its development from the Jois Foundation, there’s a history page:

Two years after its initial conception, the decision was made to change adopt the name “Sonima,” in order to represent a broader strategy and evolving tactics. The vision remains the same: health and wellness for children.

The Sonima Foundation continues to pay tribute to the life and work of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, a man who dedicated his life to practicing and understanding the philosophical and practical implications of yoga. His mission was to provide joy, peace, and harmony.

That just touches on a small part of what the site now offers in terms of information, background and, yes, opportunities to support the foundation’s work.

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Sonima offers small yoga grant to school for homeless

While there is a lot of talk about what is happening with the Jois Yoga studios, the Sonima Foundation — the nonprofit wing of Jois, the re-named Jois Foundation — has provided another grant to a San Diego school for yoga classes.

According to the U-T San Diego, this time the grant is $62,000 and will cover the program and materials for more than 300 students at the Monarch School. From the story:

Monarch became aware of the grant through volunteers and community partners, Monarch Schools CEO Erin Spiewak said. Once Sonima board members learned about the school and its mission, they decided they wanted to build a relationship with the students and “positively affect the community by adding a yoga curriculum to their lives,” the foundation’s Lauren Spiegman said.

The Monarch school serves homeless children. The grant runs for one year.

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