New nonprofit in Indianapolis brings free yoga to schools

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 19, 2014)– If you walk into Warren Central High School after classes let out, you might find an unusually calm group of students.

“You go into this different state of mind,” said senior Dachelle Banks.

English teacher Susan Kalberer was looking for a way to make a difference in her students’ lives. If you ask most of them, she found it.

“Yoga… I didn’t think it was going to impact my life as much as it did,” said sophomore Clifton Jett.

Jett and a growing number of his fellow students are showing up after school for free yoga classes.

“It has impacted my educational life a lot,” said Jett.

That impact started with a group of passionate volunteers, including Dr. John Jarrett. They’ve launched the Indy Yoga Movement, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing positive change to students and the community through yoga.

“The benefits of meditation in high school kids and younger kids have been shown to be remarkable in terms of grades, test scores, in terms of school attendance,” said Jarrett.

That’s something Kalberer and her students will tell you they’re seeing, too.

“When you’re having a bad day or your week is bad or maybe your whole everything, your whole life is bad, it’ll help you release everything,” said Jett, who said he’s had an easier time focusing in class since he started doing yoga.

The Indy Yoga Movement is on its way to establishing 501(c)(3) status. Karen Fox, owner of The Yoga Studio in Indianapolis said the goal is to grow the nonprofit and bring it to as many schools and as many students as possible.

The Yoga Studio at City Center in Carmel is hosting a benefit event for the organization on April 25 called “A Yoga, Chocolate and Champagne Celebration.” It will include a yoga class, food, champagne and a silent auction.

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