If you are considering
donations, I hope you will remember to include Genesis/Tree of Life
in the list of nonprofit organizations you support. We welcome your
donations; all gifts are tax-deductible. Please direct questions to
email@example.com or call (718) 544-5997.
There are several areas in which your
contributions are needed:
Yoga and fitness Program
"Young Adults with Mental Disabilities"
Yoga for Individuals
Healing Our Vets
The Genesis Society
and Tree of Life Yoga has divised a yoga program, with guidance from
the Arthritis Foudation, for people with arthritis. Studies show a program
of yoga poses, breathing and relaxation significantly reduces joint
tenderness and swelling for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according
to research funded in part by the Arthritis Foundation. We are very
close to our goal, with a grant from the Arthritis Foundation and contributions
from private individuals, we can make this program a reality.
Genesis Society Building Fund:
Our immediate goal is a substantial expansion of
our center in order to create additional space to increase the programs
we can provide to the community. We are currently involved with a building
fund drive to raise $108,000.00 and your help is urgently needed to make
Residential Program: Yoga for Kids with Cancer
In our residential program we offer children a week of fun and learning
in which there are planned activities such as hiking with a naturalist,
story-telling around a fireplace, learning to play chess, swimming,
or just sitting on our deck overlooking a lake playing a game of checkers
and watching a beautiful sunset. While the children are with us they
will participate in our on-going program of yoga and karate for kids
with cancer. In this program the children will not only strengthen
their bodies and minds, but they will develop attitudes and strategies
for health and healing. Meditation as well as healing visualizations
are emphasized. More
9/11:MIND BODY PROGRAMS
FOR POST TRAUMATIC STRESS:
Since 9/11 there has been an increased
rate of PTSD in New York. Two organization of city servants have been
espically efffected: the NYPD and NYFD with this program we will establish
on going Mind Body Groups as a free service for these two classes of
civil servants. Your contributions will make this possible.
The Center for Mind Body Medicine
is an organizations doing important healing work with war torn areas
and deserving of your support independently of any contributions you
make to our fund. Please visit their website and support their work.
Your contributions may be earmarked for
our interfaith Dialogue Program. Your contribution will make it possible
for us to bring the teachers and presenters that are needed to help
us continue our programs leading to interfaith dialogue.
PILOT STUDY GRANT FUNDS:
YOGA FOR MS:
A study to determine the physical, mental,
emotional, and spiritual benefits, including greater flexibility; more
strength; improved walking steadiness; ability to counter fatigue and
restore vitality; less spasticity, stiffness, and pain; improved memory
and concentration; less anxiety; less depression; better sleep; overallsense
of well-being; high degree of personal empowerment; ability to implement
practical strategies in daily life that reduce stress; and enjoyment
of a much higher quality of life. Funds needed to implement this study
prior to full grant are $30,000. Please help to make this much needed
study a reality. Your contributions are very much needed as the project
and Martial Arts Combined Therapy for Kids with Cancer
A new program, MARTIAL ARTS FOR KIDS WITH CANCER, is
beginning in the spring of 2009 for children with cancer at the Genesis
Tree of Life Yoga and Wellness Center. As with their YOGA FOR KIDS WITH
CANCER program, the main goal is to empower the children and their families
and to inspire a vision of health and healing. Genesis Tree of Life
is part of The Genesis Society, a 501 C 3 not-for-profit organization,
that has served the New York community since 1996, and this program,
along with their classes for SENIORS WITH ARTHRITIS and YOGA FOR INDIVIDUALS
WITH MS, is offered as a free program. The main elements and benefits
of YOGA FOR KIDS WITH CANCER are,
Physical Benefits: greater
flexibility, greater muscle strength, muscle endurance, and improved
tuning in to our bodies and minds.
as we gain greater control over the body and mind.
Enhanced Imagination and Empathy:
Many of the poses we use are based on the natural world (i.e., Bhujanngasana
- the cobra; Vrksasana - the tree; Adho Mukha Svanasana - the downward
dog; Bakasana - the crow). Children learn to connect with other forms
of life and to awaken the recognition of its continuity.
Fun in a Non-Competitive Environment:
Yoga teaches an internal attitude of integration of mind-body-spirit.
It is thus about unity (the meaning of yoga, yug which in Sanskrit
means union). There is no right or wrong way in our teaching. Rather
it is about a continuing process of increased awareness and connection
with our own life.
Relationship: We teach the
importance of relationships and working together to help each other
in the journey of yoga and the journey of life.
Discipline: An unromantic
word, yet a most essential quality to develop for any serious progress.
Yoga helps to develop a subtle and powerful inner self-discipline.
Children practice a slowing down of the stimulation of our high-paced
lives by holding yoga postures and becoming observant of the feelings
and sensations that are generated. Breath work and chanting are emphasized
for their ability to focus the mind and body. In this way, children
are encouraged toward self-mastery.
Strengthening Family Ties:
We encourage family members (parents, grandparents, siblings, and
extended family members) to practice yoga at home with the children.
Yoga helps to create bonds which bring families closer together.
Learning Relaxation Response
and Getting Control of Stress: Children in our program learn to
use meditation or breathing to initiate the relaxation response and
to focus the mind.
Healing visualizations and Affirmations:
Disease is as much a mental pattern as it is a physical condition
in the body. The children in our program develop a wellness consciousness
and learn to shift into healing mental patterns.