Why Yoga for CF?
Our mission is to support wellness of body, mind, and spirit throughout the CF community.
Benefits of Yoga for CF
Yoga has numerous benefits to people with CF, and their support network:
Improving breath control and lung function.
Increasing kinesthetic awareness and ability to self-monitor changes in the body… potentially providing early warning of exacerbations.
Building tools for focus, calming anxiety, and finding relaxation.
A safe exploration of your own capabilities – making incremental progress toward your own goals that adds up greatly over time.
Learning to trust yourself.
Connecting with your own higher purpose and nurturing an empowering sense of self.
The greater CF Community has begun to discover that yoga is a uniquely valuable tool for managing CF due to its focus on unity of body, mind, and spirit. Yoga achieves this by increasing body awareness, forming positive mental habits, and creating an empowering sense of self. Our teachers have personally witnessed this in their own lives, and scientific pilot studies have shown positive results.
As such, we believe that yoga classes should be freely accessible to every member of the greater CF Community who wants to learn. We aim to remove obstacles to access, including cost, bacterial exposure, and lack of motivation.
Our teachers have specialized knowledge that is valuable to our CF Community, and our class content is intended to support the diverse needs and abilities within that community. We believe that everyone who wants to participate should be able to find a class, or be offered a modification, that allows them to participate and be fully present “in the moment” during class.
Being “in the moment” is key to our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Our livestreaming class format facilitates being present in the moment, as well as building community through active engagement with each other.
CF Yogi is a safe space for participants to let go of judgment, expectation, and competition, and simply be present in the knowledge that they are already everything they need to be.
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Who is running CF Yogi?
CF Yogi is a not-for-profit program born out of Katie Malik and Myra Giaffoglione’s shared experience with yoga as a powerful tool for improving mind-body wellness and quality of life, and their mutual belief that yoga can provide unique benefits to the CF Community. CF Yogi is co-managed by Katie and Myra, with financial support from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through their innovative Impact Grants program.
The long-term goal is to incorporate as an independent 501c3 not-for-profit organization, the Cystic Fibrosis Wellness Community. Currently, CF Yogi is a fiscally-sponsored program of Social Good Fund. As a 501c3 nonprofit, donations made to Social Good Fund on behalf of CF Yogi are tax-deductible, and are earmarked specifically for this project. We expect our fiscal sponsor agreement to last until our programs have demonstrated success and we have a sustainable base of funding, so that we can form an independent nonprofit organization.
Interested in partnering with us?
We’re actively seeking sponsors, donors, and industry partners to help us grow our program.