Hello Everyone, Thanks so much for the additional adult and children’s books for the residents of McAuley Village. I went back for another visit. This time I had 6 of the women do a full hour yoga practice with me. It was so great! two of the women couldn’t stop giggling and all of them kept saying wow this is challenging we are totally sweating. Then they loved how the practice moved in to slower deeper and more restorative postures and all of them really loved savasana! I am working out a schedule for the fall to have a presence there every week either by playing with anyone who is interested in working out in the fitness room and/or offering a weekly yoga class for the women and any staff that is interested. Current Donation Requests - Inspiring Art for the walls of the village. New thicker mats for the fitness room. Namaste, Alyssa
Thanks so much for your generous donations to the families at McAuley Village. Collectively we provided a heavy bag, boxing gloves, hula hoops, yoga blocks some hand held weights, jump ropes and a couple of slam balls for the exercise room! We also donated some wonderful children’s books and art for the walls.
My intention is to enhance the exercise room and continue to entice the woman to utilize it. Their stress level is profound. Last Wednesday I did a sampler with 9 of the women attending.
It was awesome. I talked about all of the many ways that are available to ease tension, stress, depression and anxiety. They were all open, some of them a little shy, others ready to jump right in.
I did a sampler. We started with the slam balls and boxing to help when they are angry or frustrated. Then we moved in to cardio. There are a couple of treadmills and elliptical machines that were already there. I added in the jump ropes and hula hoops.We discussed the value of getting their heart rates up, breaking a sweat and moving energy. Then on to strength. I introduced them to the dumbbells and we did a little bit of light lifting. The best part was getting on the floor all together and holding plank and forearm plank.
Lastly and of course my favorite, we practiced a little yoga. I offered them some lavender oil which they loved . Child’s pose and the supine twist were favorites. We ended with a brief meditation.
All in all I was so pleased at their willingness to play with me. The news from the village the next day was that the place was buzzing and that a couple of the women requested the key to use the room!
I am returning soon and will continue to do so as long as they are open.
My current requests for donations and contributions are the following.
Soft and thick exercise mats for the floor.
Beautiful art to include inspiring images and quotes for the wall of the village.
Inspiring books for the women
As I mentioned before, I have asked the women on two occasions to write a couple of items that would help lift their quality of life and what is interesting to me is that I have not received one request yet!
“The affect we have on others is our greatest currency.” Jim Carey
Namaste - Alyssa
I am inspired and invite any of you that are interested in joining me in supporting the women and children of the McAuley Village as they transition from extreme hardship and trauma towards building a life for themselves and their children.
Many of these women had to leave violent situations taking very little with them.
I felt called to want to “adopt” them not just during the holidays as we have been doing for these last 14 years but in an ongoing way. If feels like Namaste in action.
There are two areas of support.
The first is that I have asked the moms to write a small wish list of a couple of items for themselves or their children that would help to improve the quality of their life and lift their stress level.
The second is around enhancing the village itself to bring more joy and inspiration to their living environment. One example is art and books in the common areas.
There is also a workout room that has a couple of cardio machines, some yoga mats and minimal exercise equipment.
On May 15 I am returning to the Village. I have invited the women to play with me in the exercise room. I am going to offer them a variety of practices to help ease their suffering and awaken their vitality. We will dance and box and jump rope and of course practice a little yoga and meditation. This is the beginning of a relationship that I hope will thrive nourishing all who are involved.
Barbara Haynes is the new executive director at McAuley and is part of our Synergy community. She will be able to provide the necessary documents for your taxes to verify your donations
As my Dad (who volunteered at McAuley for over 25 years ) used to say
“The best way to lift your spirits it to help lift someone else's.”
Let’s make a difference to another community from the generosity of ours.
McAuley Village Donation Request
Children’s Books - Ages 12 months - 8 years (English or Spanish)
Dumbbells 5lb, 10lb, 15lb and 20 lb
Thanks so much to all of you for your generous support. I have all of the above items and more to begin our relationship supporting these 23 families. I am returning to the village Wednesday evening May 29 to play in a variety of ways in the exercise room with the residents ending of course with yoga and meditation. I’ll let you know through this blog how it goes!