The Art of Yoga Project– a nonprofit based in San Francisco – strives to lead teen girls in the California juvenile justice system toward accountability to self, others and community by providing practical tools to effect behavioral change. Founded by nurse practitioner and yoga instructor Mary Lynn Fitton, The Art Yoga Project began in 2002 as a pilot program and became an independent 501c(3) nonprofit organization in 2005, with programs in California and Oregon. In Fitton’s clinical practice, she treated many adolescent girls with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and unhealthy habits such as drug abuse, self mutilation and unsafe sex. Determined to find solutions, Fitton created The Art of Yoga Project to help at-risk girls prepare for a positive future. The focus of the Project is on early intervention with girls most in need – those in the juvenile justice system.
We stumbled upon The Art of Yoga Project through our partner Anoothi and boy are we glad we did. After a preliminary meeting a couple of weeks ago we’re slated to collaborate with AYP on (2) 3-week design workshops in May 2012 for girls serving in the California juvenile justice system and participating in AYP programming. While the design curriculum is still a work in progress, some of the old standbys will remain: re-purposing recycled fabric, telling stories through the textile medium and working in community. Stay tuned for more details!