Leading members of the Rochester Yoga Service Network (RYSN) were overjoyed to receive news of being awarded housing for six students to attend the 2015 Yoga Service Conference. When Lynne Boucher, director of the Center for Spirituality at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, and her colleagues heard about the award, they sent back this quick email: “We leaders of Rochester Yoga Service Network are meeting right now and we just got your message! We're so happy and excited!”
Boucher and a group of other administrators and students from Nazareth College attended their first Yoga Service Conference in May 2014. Inspired by the event, they returned home to create the RYSN, a nonprofit organization that aims to increase yoga access in the Rochester community. Since its inception, RYSN has promoted yoga service programs on the Nazareth College campus and throughout their region, including immersions, workshops, and classes.
In 2015, this same group of yoga service enthusiasts received an Excellence Award from NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) for their “Yoga Revolution on Campus” programs at Nazareth College.
Jennifer Cohen Harper, a founding member of the Yoga Service Council, which organizes the conference at Omega, commented, “We could not be more inspired by the way this group of colleagues and their students have taken the inspiration from previous Yoga Service Conferences into their community and organized for meaningful action.”
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