Pineapple Yoga Studio is committed to serving the most fragile and at-risk in our community. We are devoted to three community projects in our studio: Adaptive + Accessible Yoga, Juvenile Detention Yoga, and Yoga for Recovery.
With the support of The Yoga Project Sarasota, our studio is able to train our instructors in recognized yoga practices that have been proven successful to achieve wellness, stability, and spiritual grounding. We are so grateful for the support of The Yoga Project Sarasota which has enabled us to train and pay our instructors in these important modalities. Please visit their website for more information on their mission and important work: TheYogaProjectSarasota.
The Pineapple Yoga Studio Adaptive + Accessible Yoga program is inspired by the work of AccessibleYoga.org and its mission:
“Accessible Yoga is dedicated to sharing the benefits of yoga with anyone who currently does not have access to these practices, and with communities that have been excluded or underserved. All people, regardless of ability or background, deserve equal access to the ancient teachings of Yoga, which offer individual empowerment and spiritual awakening. By building a strong network and advocating for a diverse Yoga culture that is inclusive and welcoming, we are sharing Yoga with all.”
The adaptive and accessible yoga classgroundes are lead by trained teachers that have experience, compassion and passion for sharing the wisdom of yoga with communities that have been historically excluded. Anyone with or without a disability to welcome to join us.
The Juvenile Detention Yoga Program is dedicated to sharing the practice and wisdom of yoga with with incarcerated juveniles in the Manatee Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Bradenton, Florida which serves Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto and Highlands counties. Yoga as an “ embodied practice” forcuses on mindfulness which serves to lessen the impact of trauma so that the underlying behaviors that lead to incarceration can be addressed. Mindfulness practice helps those impacted by trauma restore a connection with their mind, body and spirit leading to the deepest kind of change and transformation. The source is the deepest kind of compassion for self, empathy and self-regulation.Classes are lead by the Prison Project trained instructors. For more information on the mission, please visit PrisonYoga.org.
The Pineapple Yoga for Recovery: Abstinence, Sobriety and Moderation Program is focused on teaching holistic tools that are applicable to any type of addiction. Yoga as a somatic practice enables the practitioner to feel ‘embodied’ by the connection of mind, body spirit for deep spiritual healing and behavioral change. This class is inspired by the Teachings of Nikki Myers and her program, Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. Our teachers are trained in the Y12SR program and bring their expertise to the studio. Please visit y12sr.com.
THE YOGA PROJECT SARASOTA
The Yoga Project is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the therapeutic and healing benefits of yoga to underserved and at-risk populations in our community.
The benefits of yoga are well documented in scientific and medical literature. Some of the physical benefits are increased flexibility, decreased pain, and greater sense of balance and body awareness. Improved emotional outlook, decreased stress levels, and development of coping strategies are some of the emotional benefits of yoga, mindful breathing and meditation.
Through our community partners, such as Community Foundation, Senior Friendship Center, YMCA and Sarasota Memorial Healthcare, we identify the groups that have the greatest need in our community. Veterans suffering from PTSD, those with limited mobility and their caregivers, at-risk youth, individuals recovering from substance abuse, and those suffering from anxiety and depression are some of the groups benefitting from our programs.
The Yoga Project Sarasota is supporting the Pineapple Yoga Studio community outreach projects with financial support for teacher training and teacher salaries. For more information, visit: TheYogaProjectSarasota.
Pineapple Yoga Studio is committed to serving the community, here in Sarasota and abroad. Our studio offers curated wellness retreats at unique locations around the world which includes a Dharma Project at each location. As an expression of our gratitude to the host country and local community, we offer our service and gift with a full heart.
Our first project is building and gifting a cargo bike for a Tulum resident. These tricycles are a means of transportation, and commerce which support families in Tulum. A family saves money for years to be able to afford a single tricycle which can mean the difference between a life of poverty or a life of stability, education and wellbeing. Participation in September retreat supports this important cause.
Pineapple Yoga Studio opens its doors to students of The Ringling College of Art, to showcase and sell their work and to support our community outreach programs. Quarterly, the studio will host ARTWALLS at Pineapple Yoga Studio which will be an evening of art, performance, sound deisgn or anthing else the students come up with. Students are invited to sell their art at the show fostering a business relationship with the community. This program is open to both current students and alumni of the college. We ask a love donation of 10% of proceeds to help support our community service projects at the studio.
Pineapple Yoga Studio is here to serve the community. Feel free to contact us via email or phone with any questions you may have about yoga or any of our programs. We look forward to hearing from you. Namaste, PYS