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Graduate students engage in community outreach
Graduate students engage in community outreach

Students at Lenoir-Rhyne's Columbia Center recently held a yoga session for children at Big Homies Lil Homies, a local non-profit that provides mentoring to children in foster care.

The event was hosted by Yogi Bears, a community outreach program founded by the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and Master of Arts in Human Services graduate students at LR's Columbia Center. The group's mission is to teach yoga and mindfulness to enhance overall mental and physical health while encouraging children's confidence and self-awareness. During the event, the Yogi Bears worked with children and their parents on practicing various yoga positions, sequencing, and coordination.

"The Yogi Bears focus on building awareness that all our movements are a series of coordinated efforts between muscles, bones, joints, and nerves through games and conversations," said Sharon Johnson, a member of the Yogi Bears program and Human Services graduate student. Johnson is also a certified yoga instructor.

The Yogi Bears have two additional community outreach events planned this semester at the Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands and at Bright Horizon's Preschool Fall Festival.