PARTNER NGO: THE NESBITT CENTRE
Yoga Classes for Young Adults with Special Needs & Disability
Children with cancer or other serious illness or injury often spend weeks or months in hospital. families get divided with one parent by the bedside of THE sick child and another left to take care of siblings. Families are often helpless or hopeless after receiving a diagnosis. Medical treatments are brutal often leaving children and their families exhausted, anxious and stressed out.
The Ronald McDonald House® (RMH), prides itself as the "home away from home" for families with sick children, is mandated to help families to overcome these issues by providing a home in close proximity to a hospital, where families can focus on the wellbeing of their child. The house provides counselling, support and wellbeing services to the families that stay there.
RMH is YAMA Foundation's first partnering NGO, starting back in 2013 (before YAMA registered as a non-profit). YAMA continues to provide weekly family yoga classes open to everyone living and working at the house. Children, their siblings, and often their parents come together to practice a gentle and restorative yoga class to help relieve pain and stress, and enhance their mood. Children love mantra chanting as it soothes their nervous system, regulates their breathing and enhances their mood.
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