Rise Up

“Yoga is a gift. No one can take that away from you.” -Jill Ippolito

UpRising founder Jill Ippolito spoke these precious words last Saturday at a special BYMV-sponsored fundraiser in Mountain View. Founded by a BYMV member, the Mountain View House of Modern Art was created to give back to the community.

At this great new venue, BYMV members and employees proudly donated time and service to promote UpRising.
UpRising, an L.A.-based organization, brings yoga and meditation to at-risk youth and underserved communities. They design the classes to teach healing, breathing, and self-regulation.

At BYMV we believe it’s essential to bring yoga to young people. Even simply introducing concepts about breathing – its power as a life force and as a tool for stress reduction – is a powerful gift. And it is a gift that we must continuously give to those who need it.

Yoga is a gift and a ray of hope not just to at-risk youth, but to all humans. It is there to serve those who are scared, isolated and have no one to turn to. It is in sharing yoga that we can transform lives, one person at a time.

You and I are privileged in the sense that we can make it to yoga everyday. We have our mats, our towels, our insulated water bottles. Most of us have transportation. We can pick and choose how often we go. We benefit, day in and day out, from having this yoga practice as a part of our lives.

The question that drove us to sponsor last week’s fundraiser was, “How can we make BYMV available to a community beyond our walls?”

Jill shared with us the positive impact that she’s seen yoga bring to at-risk youth. She described how the yoga mat is a safe place for those whose lives are all but unsafe.

Bringing yoga to young people in prison gives them the chance to start from scratch. It brings them the opportunity to recognize that they themselves are a gift to this world. Teaching the value of life and compassion through yoga can have a greater positive impact than simple punishment. The idea is to help these young people face a brighter future with a clearer mind and a healthy body.

The success stories from at-risk youth served by UpRising were heartfelt. Many experienced increased mental and physical benefits. Some wish to become yoga teachers themselves.

This fundraising event has sparked a personal interest of mine. I am inspired to see how I can bring this yoga to others in our community outside of BYMV. I look forward to discovering options for bringing yoga to underprivileged communities near us. I believe that we have the opportunity to rise up and make a deep impact as a yoga family.

We are a great community already, and we have yet to scratch the surface of our potential. The fundraiser was a great example of how much we can offer when we come together. We raised more than $2,000 from the event itself and my donation class that day. Thank you all!

I especially want to thank Mary Jay Bridgland for organizing this event. Thank you to UpRising founders Jill and Nick Ippolito for the work you do to bring yoga to those who need it. Thank you to Priscila Migliorini, Jennifer Bresnahan and Teresa Delsager of BYMV for donating your time to support this event. And thanks to our own Jennifer Hohman for donating one of her works of art.

We will continue to raise funds and you can do that by donating HERE. Your donation is your ticket to visit the gallery. House of Modern Art’s gallery will be open weekends from 12-6pm until the end of August. Please reserve your time in the donation link provided.

Thank you!