Bringing Mindfulness &
Movement to Our Urban Youth

Verge Inspire is an initiative of Verge Yoga created to introduce mindfulness-based yoga practices to school-aged children in underserved communities in urban Philadelphia. Research has shown that mindfulness practices can significantly increase the capacity of children to learn and can offer children an effective set of tools to manage the stress and distractions in their lives.

Verge Yoga has been “inspired” by the results of the work of Cheryl Nichols in Philadelphia schools and the work in Baltimore schools of the Holistic Life Foundation (HLF). The success of HLF after ten years working in Baltimore schools has been well researched by Johns Hopkins University and Penn State University. Their research has confirmed that when young people are equipped with tools like mindfulness-based yoga, they are able to better manage stress in their lives and in turn, they experience significant improvements in their well-being, relations with others, and success in school and life. For more about Cheryl and HLF, please visit

How can you help?
Verge Inspire is our non-profit program Bringing Mindfulness Through Movement to our Urban Youth. Annually we train more teachers, demand for schools and kids desiring the program are high; to grow and sustain the Program we need you.

How you can help:

Sponsor! Our Verge Inspire teachers by making a donation. (Donations are tax deductible.)

  • Mail checks payable to Verge Inspire, to Verge Inspire c/o Verge Yoga Center, 250 Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087 Or
  • Donate online
    1. Sign Into Your Verge Account
    2. Click on Online Store
    3. Click on Account Payment
    4. Select Verge Inspire Drop Down and Complete Donation

Donations of mats and yoga supplies are greatly appreciated. Email to make an in- kind donation. (Send us the $ value of your donation and we will provide a receipt.)

Share news of our program via Facebook, Twitter, Email. "Like" our Verge Inspire Facebook page.

Share your ideas! We would love to hear from you on how to make Verge Inspire a sustainable success.

Celebrate! We want to share our Verge Experience of Mindfulness through Movement with children that can really benefit learning to breathe deeply.

Thank you in advance for supporting Verge Inspire and for sharing it with your friends and family.


Verge Inspire was created to do the initial work for building a sustainable yoga-based mindfulness program in urban Philadelphia schools. It has been our intention from that outset that Mindfulness Through Movement should be an open invitation to all certified yoga and meditation instructors in the Philadelphia region to participate in its growth and success and that Mindfulness Through Movement would be "owned" by our Philadelphia area yoga and meditation communities.

Founded in 2014, our initial Verge Inspire fund raising efforts were designed to establish up to 15 one-year programs for the 2014-2015 school year. Each program includes weekly classes for the students and quarterly training for instructors.

The key milestones to date are:

Phase 1: Building a Strong Foundation Milestone

Year 1. Pilot Year – Getting Started

  1. Formed Mindfulness Through Movement, Inc. a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation that was approved for 501(c)3 status.
  2. Developed a mindfulness-based yoga program in collaboration with HLF, Cheryl Nichols and Verge Yoga.
  3. Completed an initial teacher training with 20 certified 200-hour yoga teachers.
  4. Identified 11 schools for the 2014-2015 school year to run a first full-year pilot program of Mindfulness Through Movement.
  5. Raised $25,000 to fully fund programs for the initial 2014-2015 school year.

Year 2. Key Initiatives to Sustain, Grow and Continue to Build a Strong Foundation Milestone

We continue to build a foundation for Mindfulness Through Movement, Inc. To accomplish our goal, we must sustain what we've started and grow.

Key Initiatives:

  1. Complete second Verge Inspire teacher 15 hours training with certified 200- hour yoga teachers.
  2. Continue to serve school and add schools for the 2015-2016 school year.
  3. Serve as a program development consultant to Mindfulness Through Movement, Inc.
  4. Help MTM implement research-based methods to measure and report success.
  5. Raise the necessary funds to fully fund programs for the 2015-2016 school year.

The next Mindfulness Through Movement teacher training will begin in March 2015. The MTM teacher training is a 15-hour training mindfulness-based yoga program specially designed for school aged children in underserved communities. Please check back for dates and times of the next MTM training. The cost of the teacher training is $175 (100% of the proceeds of MTM Teacher Training support the MTM Program. MTM YTT will be held at Verge Yoga Center, 250 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, PA 19087. Space will be limited.

For more information, please contact

* Prevention researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Pennsylvania State University and practitioners from the Holistic Life Foundation developed and evaluated a mindfulness-based intervention for youth. Most of the participating youth were African American and lived in low-income neighborhoods with high levels of violence. They determined that youth in under-served, urban communities are at risk for a range of negative outcomes related to stress, including social-emotional difficulties, behavior problems, and poor academic performance. Mindfulness-based approaches may improve adjustment among chronically stressed and disadvantaged youth by enhancing self- regulatory capacities.