Dirty South Yoga Fest will donate profits to Centering Youth, to help them with bringing Yoga and Mindfulness to kids in the Atlanta area who have had problems in their lives that could really use some of these miraculous methods of coping and thriving in life.
The Mission of Centering Youth is to bring Yoga and Mindfulness to extraordinary people in the Atlanta area, who may be involved in the juvenile or adult criminal justice system, those who have been sexually exploited, abused or homeless, and others who have not had the opportunity to experience the benefits of Yoga and Mindfulness.
Yoga and mindfulness training have proven effective in providing youths and adults with tools for gaining self-confidence, focusing their attention, and controlling their emotions and conduct, while engaging in a positive physical and mental activity. It is the goal of the Centering Youth to give participants tools to help them function in their family units, in schools and in their communities, so they can succeed in reaching their positive goals, avoid future contact with the criminal justice system and advance the cause of community safety. Our classes are, when possible and appropriate, open to parents, guardians and the staffs of the facilities, such as juvenile courts, where the classes are being offered, since our classes benefit all who participate and assist in creating a positive bond between the youthful participants, their parents and those who supervise or otherwise assist them.
In addition, Centering Youth offers training workshops and other activities for those involved in, or who want to become involved in, teaching yoga and mindfulness to those at-risk. We want to assist in raising awareness and the level of service activity in the Atlanta yoga community.