Erica Ford works with Life Camp, a non-profit that works on violence prevention, empowerment opportunities for disadvantaged youth, and incorporates yoga and meditation. Out of this grew Hip Hop Yoga to use culturally relevant music to help draw kids into a yoga practice.By combining music therapy and yoga, Hip Hop Yoga is being used in South East Queens to transform the community, which has witnessed much violence.
“ You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly. ”
“When many states have cut their wellness and education programs for inmates, citing cost and political pressure, some wardens looking for a low-cost, low-risk way for inmates to reflect on their crimes, improve their fitness and cope with the stress of overcrowded prison life are turning toward yoga.”
“If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial. If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked. If you want to become full, let yourself be empty. If you want to be reborn, let yourself die. If you want to be given everything, give everything up.”
Children practice yoga and relaxation techniques in the playroom at GAPA (AIDS Prevention and Support Group) in Salvador, capital of the eastern state of Bahia in Brazil. Many of the children are being treated with universal antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, provided free of charge by the Ministry of Health. The UNICEF-assisted NGO advocates for the rights of HIV-positive children, including the right to life, health, nutrition, education, social and community life.