YogaCare representatives attended the 22nd Annual CommunityHealth fundraiser, “Celebration of Care” on April 16 at the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel. CommunityHealth is one of YogaCare’s partner organizations and host site for the Englewood classes run by YogaCare. CommunityHealth is the largest totally free clinic in the nation, with its care and services very much needed by many Chicagoans who find themselves with no options for health care. During the dinner program, Greg Van Hyfte, a former patient of CommunityHealth during a period of lapsed health insurance after graduate school, shared a testimony of his experience as a patient and volunteer yoga teacher with the event attendees. YogaCare Co-Founders Julia Pedersen and Greg Van Hyfte, who attended the event, have volunteered to teach at CommunityHealth Englewood since launching the yoga program in March 2013 and received the Ilene Goodman Award from CommunityHealth for commitment to service. Photos of the event can be seen HERE.
The Annual Celebration of Service celebrates the accomplishments of the Schweitzer Fellows from the 2014-2015 service year. The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program has been a longtime supporter of YogaCare and has been instrumental in providing the initial impetus and ongoing seed funding to propel Co-Founder Greg Van Hyfte's Schweitzer Fellowship project into a collaboration with Schweitzer Fellow and Co-Founder Dr. Kohar Jones and Co-Founder Julia Pedersen to form the organization that YogaCare is today. Photos of the event can be seen here.
The Socially Engaged Yoga Network held its spring meeting to address the questions of how yoga can influence and engage social change and how yoga can build bridges and promote justice and liberation in our social environment. Participants gathered in an interactive discussion and activities led by a panel of experts, including Beth Catlett, a women's and gender studies university professor at DePaul University; Martin Xavi Macias, a community organizer, writer, and activist; and Tameka Lawson, one of Chicago’s key yoga community leaders and Executive Director of I Grow Chicago.
YogaCare was interviewed by Dr. Elena Navas, the host of the show “Coffee time around health,” an educational program on topics related to the physical, mental and psychosocial health and well-being of Latino/Hispanic communities residing in the United States, Latin America and Spain. They discuss current important health issues of interest to our Latino communities and share insightful conversations with international public health experts and scientists and listen to real-life testimonies from community members who have experienced and overcome chronic and infectious diseases.
En estos segmentos de Despierta con Zoe, estamos la Doctora Elena Navas y Greg Van Hyfte de YogaCare nos hablan sobre los beneficios de la yoga y Greg nos demuestra unos estiramientos. También nos ensena Silvita Díaz Brown, instructora de yoga alguna serie de la yoga suave y rica.
Marissa comes to YogaCare with a great enthusiasm and a warm spirit to enliven and relax her students. A newer teacher to the Chicago area, she comes to us from the Washington D.C. area. She now teaches the Thursday night class at Chicago Family Health Center. Come check out her class!
On a wintry night in November, YogaCare gathered friends and supporters for a rockin' yoga class led by Danny B at Brooklyn Boulders Chicago in the West Loop and to celebrate the incorporation of YogaCare as a new non-profit organization!
YogaCare co-founders Dr. Kohar Jones and Greg Van Hyfte were interviewed by Sara Serratelli, Communications Manager ofThe University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM). This interview highlights the successful execution of the ITM Pilot Award, which helped YogaCare complete the 2013 Community Yoga Demonstration Project research in Englewood and South Chicago.
YogaCare presented at the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US) annual conference in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Sonia Oyola, Dr. Kohar Jones, both family physicians in the Department of Family Medicine at University of Chicago Medicine and Greg Van Hyfte collaborated on developing the research presentation in partnership with Dr. Ashley Maltz and Dr. Alisha Parada from the University of New Mexico SW Mesa Clinic. The UNM team presented about their integrative medicine program for pain relief.
YogaCare board member Nubia Ptah promoted our classes at Alderman Roderick Sawyer's Alderman in Your Area Programand shared some sweets atBrown Sugar Bakery. Come out to support Alderman Sawyer's community events and stop by Brown Sugar for some tasty treats!