"I feel more relaxed. Every time I have an attitude, when I breathe it calms me down. Now when I go into the classroom I don't worry about what everyone says." —4th grade student.
"The best thing I learned from you was loving others. Not to hate each other. I will always remember you." —Student
Praise for The Holistic Life Foundation
"Sometimes when I get mad I just breathe deep. I just picture me being in a certain place I like, and I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do..." —5th grade student
"They love the children, they love the community, and they are an asset to Robert W Coleman. There are some children who have anger management problems. The yoga program has enabled those children to do meditation techniques and instead of reacting and getting angry, they’ve learned how to meditate and redirect their anger." —Carlillian Thompson, Principal, Robert W Coleman Elementary School.
"The kids are changing before their very eyes and Baltimore is a better city because of their work. Knowing how yoga has helped me synchronize my mind and body and build resiliency, when I saw young, inner-city Baltimore youths sitting on yoga mats practicing mindfulness, I immediately wanted to see that in cities across the nation." —Congressman Tim Ryan, Democrat, Ohio.
"When we had to take a big test I took deep breaths to stay calm and just finish the test. When everybody around you is making a lot of noise, just try to tune them out... and be yourself, do your breathing." —5th grade student.
"Ali, Atman, and Andy were able to engage with my students around mindfulness practices in ways I never could. I am grateful that they have opened a door for me that I was really struggling with." —Heather Robertson, teacher.
"I think it is awesome how you started this generous foundation to help kids act and feel better. I bet all the kids you help really appreciate what you do for them." —6th grade student.
"My favorite breath that you taught was the belly breath. This breath helps me be a better student because it is restful and helps me focus. Also, it is calming and helps me sleep." —Student.