Peeples says she saw great potential in the nonprofit, which operates under Kathryn Thomas’ leadership, adding she wanted to “be part of that effort to bring positive change beyond (Jacksonville) and beyond North Florida.”
“Yoga 4 Change’s mission and my professional focus intersect at two words: ‘improved outcomes,'” Peeples said. “The audiences served by Yoga 4 Change (e.g., incarcerated, substance abuse, vulnerable youth, and veterans) suffer from enormous deteriorations in physical and mental health. The economic toll from trauma-created mental and physical health declines is vast, and affects the community, family, health care system, and individual.”
Reconnection, Peeples said, is one of the greatest impacts the organization has on the local community. She said Y4C has the ability to reconnect individuals with a “sense of purpose, reconnects them with ownership of their future, reconnects them to positive self-image and self-worth, and reconnects them to their unique and positive place in this world.
To read the full Q&A with Peeples on Y4C, click here.