Keoni Movement Arts was invited to provide chair yoga sessions the nonprofit SRO called The Times Square, which works with NYCHA/section 8/low income clientele. They held a “Green and Healthy Living Fair” on June 15, 2016, at which various community organizations came to share their services. The individuals who came to the sessions were very appreciative and had interesting stories to tell. One gentleman said he was a Vietnam Vet and has had many nightmares from the experiences there. He said he used to be addicted to drugs and alcohol, but has been clean for over 20 years. Many who came to the sessions left saying they felt more relaxed at the end. Later, Jessica Stinchcomb, who coordinates tenant services on-site, asked if KMA would be willing to come back and do a dedicated chair yoga class for these individuals, to which I of course said yes. The case workers there will also refer clients to us who are able to come to our DaNY classes on their own. Fortunately, The Times Square is at West 43rd St. and 8th Ave., so they are literally five blocks from DaNY. All in all, I enjoyed myself, felt appreciated and left feeling like I had made a small difference in these people’s lives.
Many thanks to Keith Jurosko for shooting these photos.