“Thank you for coming. I feel better in my body and my head.”

-Unit 6, 2014

“I feel like Hercules!”

-Unit 5, 2012

“See you next week.”

-Unit 1, 2009

Lemonade provides ongoing weekly yoga classes to underserved youth in San Francisco’s juvenile justice system. Our program builds mentally and physically stronger youth, establishes self-awareness and focus, and encourages youth to listen to their bodies, take steps to change patterns, and integrate new life skills to ensure success.

Lemonade began in 2009 when Executive Director, Sandy Till started teaching a weekly volunteer yoga class in San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall. By 2010, Lemonade was serving three units each week, and in 2012, Lemonade was awarded state level and Federal 501(c)3 status as a Not-for-Profit Organization. Lemonade is a proud recipient of grants from Yoga Dana Foundation  and Kaiser Permanente.

We currently teach all youth in San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall (three units of boys and one unit of girls), and serve all youth at Log Cabin Ranch in La Honda, CA.

Our Roots

Lemonade’s yoga programming draws from the teachings of Ana Forrest, creator of Forrest Yoga and author of Fierce Medicine. Forrest Yoga is renowned as an intensely physical and internally focused practice that emphasizes how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life. This practice challenges students to access their whole being and to use Forrest Yoga as a path to finding and cleansing the emotional and mental blocks that dictate and limit their lives. Students cultivate an acute awareness of their own practice and life process. This creates a unique and powerful opportunity for them to make practical life decisions based on their own experiences, and utilize yoga as an internal resource for coping and self-discovery.

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