Healing Factory/ Mindful Saturdays [Little Haiti Optimist Club]

This program benefits youth in the Little Haiti community, which is one of the most impoverished communities in the City of Miami. Little Haiti’s youth have been identified as the most at-risk group in our community. This program was created to provide a safe environment to prevent youth from juvenile delinquency, gun violence, teen pregnancy and gang affiliations, and prepare them with the necessary skills for academic and life success.

The kids learned mindfulness through the practice of yoga, meditation, emotional intelligence exercises, and nutrition. Studies have shown mindfulness practices improve concentration, optimize health, and reduce symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety. Typically, these practices are available to high income families. These children acquired skills they had never been exposed to before. Students will improve their physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing by using this all-inclusive learning approach.

Low-income families in this community desperately need programs like these to improve children’s academic, physical fitness, and social skills.

Kids that participated on this program received yoga mat donations from La Luchi Foundation.

The Healing Factory is a 6 -8 week program for 5-17 year olds and includes the following activities:

  • Learning to breathe properly
  • Simple Yoga Stretches and Postures
  • Deep relaxation and meditation
  • Healthy healing practices
  • Art, dance and music activities
  • Whole food nutrition guidelines and healthy menu preparations

Mindfulness Program [Liberty City Elementary School]

A mindfulness pilot program specifically designed for the kids in Liberty City Elementary School with the intention to minimize violence in the school, reduce aggression among students and towards teachers, decrease the propensity towards juvenile delinquency, reduce student’s anger and stress, diminish bullying, decrease referrals and suspensions, improve class participation and concentration, and increase children’s attention and focus.

This eight week program will start Thursday April 20, 2017 until June 8, 2017, and is offered to approximately 30-40 children in 3rd and 4th grades.

Miami Dade County is the largest school district in Florida and the Southeastern United States, and the fourth largest in the nation. Liberty City is one of the most impoverished areas in Miami. Kids in this neighborhood are exposed to violence and experience gun shootings in the area. This instills violence behaviors in their lives that they replicate in school. The purpose of the program is to give kids the tools to minimize violent behavior. The 8 week Pilot Program is being offered in one Miami Dade County Public School, Liberty City Elementary School. We will offer a summer program and begin full implementation the next academic year 2017/2018. We are also looking forward to expand throughout Miami Dade County Public Schools.

LLF uses a multi-platform approach to reaching groups in need, supporters, and donors.

The principle outreach method LLF uses is to organize community events, raising awareness of the benefits of holistic healing and available LLF programs. In addition, LLF is creating relationships to implement the program in public schools, community centers and juvenile rehabilitation centers.

Yoga –There has been significant research that demonstrates the positive effects of yoga. It is an ancient science of self-awareness and self-development that uses postures, exercises, meditation, and relaxation to quiet the body and mind.

National studies have shown that regular practice reduces hypertension, lowers blood pressure, and releases endorphins in the brain that heighten a sense of calmness and produces feelings of well being. Further research demonstrates the powerful effect of exercise on the physical, mental and emotional development of young people.

Whole Nutrition

The latest research proves there is wisdom and healing power in eating whole foods. Imperfect foods grow imperfect bodies.

The US Surgeon General believes that 65% of diseases are preventable through whole food nutrition. Eating whole foods delivers to your body a combination of balanced nutrients, many of which science hasn’t even discovered yet! These nutrients were designed to nourish and protect your body in a way that refined foods and supplements can’t. Energy systems, immune functions, healthy DNA and strong hearts all thrive on whole food nutrition.

Whole foods provide the raw materials for your body to produce thousands of chemical combinations necessary to regulate energy supplies, immune systems, moods, body repairs and countless other critical functions. Junk foods and refined foods short circuit your system, create masses of destructive free radicals and cause drastic shortages by wasting your nutrient supplies on damage control.

Holistic Health is an approach to life. Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment. It emphasizes the connection of mind, body,and spirit. The goal is to achieve maximum well-being. With Holistic Health people accept responsibility for their own level of well-being, and everyday choices are used to take charge of one’s own health.