Local yoga program helps at-risk youth cope with trauma

Youth members at Ridge house practice yoga offered by Urban Lotus Project.

Local nonprofit Urban Lotus Project is helping at-risk youth around Northern Nevada in a unique way.

The program provides yoga classes to members of at-risk youth programs, detention centers, drug recovery centers, and other facilities for free.

“We teach in a way kids can do yoga on their own," says Urban Lotus Project founder Hannah Bias. Volunteer instructors teach easy-to-learn yoga that students can use by themselves.

Every week, the program hosts nearly 20 classes to 520 members around the region. The trauma informed yoga helps youth cope with any stressors they may be dealing with.

“There a lot of things going on in my life right now," says Hank Hiesh, youth member at Ridge House. "But for just this one hour I can let go of everything and be present."

For the full story on Urban Lotus Project, check out the video above.

For the list of free classes for the public, click here.

Urban Lotus Project is hosting two fundraisers to help the organization continue its mission: Thanksgiving morning from 9:30 - 10:45 AM the program will host "A Thanksgiving Flow" with DJ The Postmon. The class will take place at The Studio Reno, $20 donations are suggested.

December 16th is the annual "Night of the Lotus" at Roundabout Grill from 5-7 PM. Local artists will be making their to make interpretation of a lotus flower and an art auction will follow.

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