Grantee Spotlight: The Art of Yoga Project

The Art of Yoga Project, a 2014-2017 SV2 Grantee, provides teenage girls in the juvenile justice system a pathway to a more positive future through its yoga interventions. As the three-year tenure of SV2’s collaboration with The Art of Yoga Project comes to a close, we’re celebrating their achievements since joining our portfolio.

The Art of Yoga Project uses evidence-based neuroscience and therapeutic models to address the emotional effects of young adult trauma. The Art of Yoga Project’s trauma-informed yoga programming addresses the root causes of behavioral problems to foster self-awareness and self-respect in teen girls. Using over a decade of research, The Art of Yoga Project recently published Wise Inside, a best practices curriculum for mentoring trauma-impacted populations.

Highlights of the Art of Yoga Project’s achievements include mentoring over 2300 at-risk teenage girls, with up to 91% reporting increased self-awareness and self-respect; securing a $100,000 grant from the hope & grace fund; and developing a unique certification program to train over 50 new teachers throughout the Bay Area.

In describing their experience with SV2, The Art of Yoga Project said, “The access to SV2 Partners and their extensive network enables us to articulate our issues and then quickly find experts that can help us brainstorm solutions and move forward.” As one example, The Art of Yoga Project was able to trademark their logo and tagline with pro bono legal services from the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati law firm, thanks to connections forged through SV2. Thanks to Lead Partners Lucy Caldwell Donovan and Nancy Yu for serving as liaisons during SV2’s collaboration with The Art of Yoga Project.

As the Art of Yoga Project graduates from the SV2 portfolio, you can find more info on how best to support The Art of Yoga Project here. Join us in celebrating The Art of Yoga Project’s incredible work and inspiring impact!