Kenya B received a scholarship to complete her 200hr Yoga Certification as well as workshops in Chair Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Meditation, and Ayurveda. Here's what she shared about the meaning of this scholarship for her:
“I was raised in a single parent home. Growing up I observed my mother navigate and balance motherhood, her career and personal time, along with all the stressors presented by our world every day. Through my mother's godly walk and exemplary examples, I learned the significance of being attentive to my body an
d conscious of my mind, body and soul. She also taught me the importance of healthy coping strategies and how to call on those skills in times of need. Going back to my youth, incorporating healthy techniques and practices such as prayer, meditation and exercise have been an integral part of my life. Over the years I've found inspiration and calm through the practice of prayer, meditation, pilates, dance, and yoga.
As a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate, I strive to empower the individuals I serve by being an active listener, recognizing and supporting culturally diversity, being authentic and respectful, and providing a safe environment for people to speak freely and truthfully. Additionally, I teach and educate on the importance of using healthy coping skills every day of our lives.
Winning the Yoga Scholarship will grant me the opportunity to learn the depth of the power of the yogini mind and body connection and the grounding and positive power of meditation. I also hope to learn other healthy mechanisms to better serve individuals with mental health and co-occurring disorders, as well as survivors of domestic violence, children and pregnant woman. Research has shown that yoga practices and teachings promote recovery from, and treatment of addiction, stress, anxiety, and depression, which ultimately will enhance the overall well-being of an individual’s life.
In the future, I plan to become a Certified Yoga Instructor. I'm inspired to become more knowledgeable in Trauma Informed Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Chair Yoga to meet people in a place of comfort and ability to improve body and mental awareness. Tonier Cain stated “Where there's breath, there's hope” and I wholeheartedly believe this to be true. I want to empower people to have a life worth living minute-by-minute by utilizing evidence-based counseling practices and yoga.”
We couldn't be more honored to work with Kenya as she makes her way through her trainings! She is dedicated, curious and always a light of kindness and positivity.