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Free2BMe - Our Next Karma Program Recipient

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Since 2005, Free2BMe Physical Activity Program for Kids and Teens with Disabilities, the youth component of The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement at the University of Alberta has been providing innovative programs for children and youth living with impairment to be active.

 

The Free2BMe credo is to empower kids and teens experiencing disability to:

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• Be more physically active, fit and healthy

• Feel good about themselves

• Experience success

• Have fun doing “kid” things

• Become vital, self-determined adults


Every year, hundreds of kids and teens ages 4-21 come through the program—with demand increasing every year. Children and youth and their families come to develop their physical confidence and competence in our safe, nonclinical environment. We are the one place in the Greater Edmonton area that any child living with a physical, sensory or developmental impairment can come to learn to ride their bike, throw a ball, understand game play concepts, be introduced to a fitness centre, gain exposure to the world of Para-sport, and be a part of the team for the first time. We do this through four models of service delivery: individual programming, instructional group programs, community and school group outreach and community exercise transition.

 

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In addition to providing direct service delivery to the community, Free2BMe provides applied learning opportunities for students at the University of Alberta. Last year, over 180 students from physical education and recreation, education, kinesiology and rehabilitation gained valuable hands on experience within Free2Bme programs. Students go on to become teachers, coaches, rehabilitation professionals, physicians and community leaders.

 

Free2BMe Physical Activity Program for Kids and Teens Experiencing Disability is a one of a kind program providing physical activity, fitness and sport instruction for children and youth living with physical, developmental and sensory impairments.

Founded in 2005, Free2BMe has made an impact in the lives of over 1200 families experiencing disability. Annually, the dynamic program delivered through The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement at The University of Alberta serves 450 children and youth ages 4-21 across a variety of 1:1 individualized physical activity and fitness sessions, and instructional group programs.

 

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If you would like more information regarding the Free2BMe Foundation, please contact:

780.492.3182

www.steadwardcentre.ualberta.ca

Brandon's Final Words

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Brandon's final classes were today, Saturday, August 16, 2014. He felt compelled to write one last thank-you to the Yogalife community.


 

Gratitude.

 

I am thankful that Yogalife was the very first studio that I was able to teach at. It’s actually the only studio I have taught at so far. I am thankful that a chance was taken on me, even though I was very early in my teaching career. I am thankful for you, all of the students, who have generously allowed me to guide you, share with you, and grow with you. Even share a quote or two. I am thankful for all of the knowledge I have gained over the past two years.

 

I am thankful for all of your support.

 

For attending my classes so diligently. For following me to the North Studio when I would teach there. For coming to my Warriors of Change and Art of Massage Workshops. For joining my wife and I in Nicaragua.

 

I am thankful for your trust.

 

Thank you for trusting me enough to feel as though I had something to offer you. My hope is that I have helped even one of you in your journey through yoga and life. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be even a small part in all of it.

I poured my heart and soul into this studio and everything I was involved in, and I promise to continue to do that for the yoga community.

If you want to connect with me, or find out where I end up and what I am up to, please follow me on Facebook at Brandon Jacobs Yoga.

 

“Letting go and moving on means to come to the realization that some people and some places are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.”

Highest Regards,

 

Brandon

 

Karma for October

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Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Each month our karma classes support a different organization or foundation, and for the month of October will be supporting, and accepting donations to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Karma Community classes are a beginner friendly Hot Flow, Sundays at 1:30 at the Southside studio. Starting November 3rd, we will be adding a NON-heated Hatha class at 11:00AM at the NORTH studio. Our Karma classes are here to support our new teachers graduating from their 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, so come out and support them, and our cause of the month! You have probably heard the terms “multiple myeloma” and “myeloma”. These terms refer to the same thing: a cancer of the plasma cells. Plasma cells are found in the bone marrow, the hollow area within the bones. Because plasma cells are found in the blood, myeloma is referred to as blood cancer. It may also be referred to as plasma cell myeloma. The word “multiple” is often used because the malignant cells usually affect multiple areas of the bone marrow. There are currently no known causes and at this point is defined as incurable.

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Myeloma accounts for about 1.3% of all cancer and 1.8% of deaths, and has been highly under researched in the past. Yoga is one of the areas of wellness recommended for people who do have Myeloma as it is a way to strengthen bones and muscles surrounding bones. What better place than Yogalife to support this cause that has affected some of our team directly.

For more information, please visit: www.themmrf.org.