Yoga For the Children

Two large yellow school busses arrive early Saturday morning at 155 West 69th Street, Los Angeles, California. Over 80 students scurry off the bus and proceed into the multipurpose room in preparation for a youth leadership training summit. As students sip Caprisun in one hand and bite into a raspberry danish from the other, they discuss about three prominent issues on campus: mental health, physical health, and bullying/violence.  As a united a group, the students come up with a list of solutions, including a yoga program, which will support the mental and physical health of their community.

As an educator, I hope to provide a multi-disciplinary yoga program for students who are poised in shaping their future academic and professional careers. My goal of becoming a yoga teacher is twofold:

1) to promote healthy living, and

2) to serve as a vehicle for behavior intervention to the community at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School, located in South Central Los Angeles, California. I hope to create positive and catalytic yoga experiences that energize the creative, educational, and life opportunities of students, teachers, and families, specifically in an underserved community.

I first stepped into a yoga class in 2005 and over the years, I have learned to define this journey as a lifelong practice. Constantly inspired by my peers and students, I learn to challenge myself intellectually, physically, and spiritually through a non-competitive, non-judgmental environment. I believe such a foundation is essential at Bethune Middle School for lifetime wellness—to be mindful of one’s body and his/her surrounding environments.

I believe with a yoga teacher certification at Yoga Blend, I can enhance my understanding of interdisciplinary and integrated approaches to yoga for underserved youth. Because the training program is so individualized, I can craft my interests and create experiences at the school’s community center. As a certified Yoga Blend instructor, I would have an incredible array of styles and traditions of yoga enabling me to design an integral yoga program as outreach in our school and the community as a whole. Connecting yoga and learning to the community cannot only build a foundation of meaningful experiences, but a stronger community as well.

Through my experiences in working with youth, I understand the importance of expanding my repertoire as an educator to further my impact within schools and the community. In collaboration with the physical education department, the Parent Center, the Clipper’s Foundation, the Sound Body Sound Mind Foundation, the American Heart Association, and Healthy Start; I aim to connect all our resources to develop a comprehensive, inclusive yoga program for the entire Bethune Family.

Starting with a yoga program at the school’s community center, I can teach during nutrition, lunch, after school, and family fitness days. Empowering the students first, followed by the parents and teachers, is key in systemic change and sustainability. This way, yoga will be accessible for years to come. Through teaching yoga, I can create an environment within which young people and adults are creative and important, are freed from barriers self-imposed or imposed by others, and can make connections between their daily lives and the roles they assume in society. It is an environment in which students and teachers succeed as learners and as a community with a fulfilling present and a hopeful future.

Namaste.

yoga for children

2012 Yoga Scholarship Essay

By: Amy Chou

If you liked this article and want them to win a free yoga teacher training, then make sure to vote for her by leaving a comment (scroll all the way to the bottom), and sharing this article on Facebook or Twitter. Each comment, Facebook, and Twitter share counts as one vote and you can do all three!

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  1. Miranda says:

    Amy has the dedication and passion to have a lasting influence on all the kids that she encounters. Granting her the Yoga Teacher Training scholarship will provide her with another tool that she can share with population that she serves.

  2. Julia Chang says:

    this is very inspiring!!

  3. Jessica says:

    Amy is amazing.

  4. Janelle says:

    What a great idea!!!

  5. charmaine says:

    Amy will only spread what she learns from the Yoga Teacher Training Scholarship to the young community who can motivate themselves for a healthier, balanced lifestyle. Amy’s heart and drive will truly make the most out of the scholarship.

  6. Stella says:

    Amy would be an awesome yoga instructor!

  7. Kent Mori says:

    Go Amy!

  8. Erina says:

    Wonderful video clip about you and your passions for your community and yoga. Stay inspired!

  9. Caroline says:

    Amy is a dedicated, determined, and inspiring individual to friends and students alike. Schools need more people like her who are generous with their time, energy, and compassion.

  10. Andrew Lee says:

    Good luck Amy!

  11. Mike says:

    I BELIEVE!! YOU CAN DO IT!

  12. Ellen says:

    Go Amy!! Always doing great things!! :)

  13. Emerald Nguyen says:

    I think this is an absolutely brilliant idea. In light of the troublesome education system that continues to cut non-core programs, the rising epidemic of obesity, and for all the reasons that Amy has so eloquently delineated in her essay, I agree that yoga would be an amazing tool to implement in a school system. Props to Amy!

  14. Greg says:

    In the years that I have known Amy, she has the work ethics and dedication to reach out and make a change in the community. She would make a phenomenal yoga instructor.

  15. Robert says:

    Can’t wait to learn from you Amy!

  16. Janet says:

    I’m so proud of you! You hare been such an inspiration to us all.

  17. ben says:

    Wow, what an amazing and inspiring video! Yoga will have such a life-changing impact on your students’ lives

  18. Jenn says:

    Amy is an amazing person, and incredibly deserving of this scholarship. I know she will put it to great use and be a positive influence in her students’ lives.

  19. Leo Garcia says:

    I know very well Amy Chou has impacted my life with her guidance as a college counselor now imagine her Yoga guidance thrown into the mix. It will defiantly impact the lives of those young children in the community to make positive decisions just like I did.

  20. Shelley says:

    Amy has always been an inspiration and a role model of mine! She would do this scholarship justice!

  21. Andrea says:

    Amen, Amy! Yoga is not only for physical health – but can be used for community well-being.

  22. Anny says:

    You inspire me.

  23. Scott Ruescher says:

    I wish I’d had the sense to do downward dog, the plough position, and the warrior pose when I was in high school–but yoga hadn’t been invented yet, ha ha. I know Amy will be great– calm, thoughtful, and considerate. Yes!

  24. Linda says:

    There’s nothing you can’t do. :)

  25. Danny Kuang says:

    Woo, go Amy

  26. Taryn says:

    Good luck!

  27. Ria says:

    Enhancing the self intellectually, physically, and spiritually – I love it Amy! Truly inspiring. Sounds like a perfect fit for you! :)

  28. Frances says:

    Good luck!!! Namaste.

  29. Stephanie Duchene says:

    You deserve this scholarship Amy. I know you will put your knowlege to good use to improve kids lives!

  30. Shirley says:

    I was just thinking about how I need to start doing yoga again, and Amy’s video was exactly the inspiration I needed! Thanks, Amy!

  31. Giorgia Severino says:

    Amy is an inspiring and amazing person. She will use the Yoga Teacher Training Scholarship for a great cause. She will be a perfect yoga teacher, I met her during yoga class an she is great at it.

  32. Jeff Wong says:

    Go Amy!

  33. Cherry says:

    Vote for Amy! =)

  34. Liz Byron says:

    Amy! This is incredible and inspiring. your essay was outstanding, but more importantly you will help so many people! Keep up the great work!

  35. Elizabeth Byron says:

    Amy! This is incredible and inspiring. You rock!

  36. Kelly Mastracchio says:

    Lovely – the idea and Amy.

  37. Kristina Linn says:

    Amy deserves this scholarship because she sees the betterment of herself only in its application to benefit others. Please help her!

  38. Lisa Ng says:

    Loved the video! I think this’ll be a GREAT program!

  39. Felicia Yu says:

    Amy! This is awesome!

  40. Seema says:

    GO AMY =]

  41. Eric says:

    Amy is perfect for a yoga instructor.

  42. sam says:

    great idea

  43. Annie Lee says:

    I used to work with Amy in the South Bronx, and I know first hand that she is an incredible teacher. She has built such strong relationships with students because her relentless effort toward their achievement is genuine. I can think of no other person who greater deserves funding to start this program.

  44. Jason says:

    Anyone with a hat like that is obviously amazing.

  45. Kay says:

    So inspiring, Amy!! You’re amazing!

  46. ameya says:

    what a fantastic initiative!! teaching yoga as a way to promote positive mental and physical health, as well as to reduce bullying and violence, is the way to go. bravo!

  47. Junwen says:

    Awesome! Folks from my local children’s hospital and medical school need more yoga instructors like you for community outreach programs!

  48. Eduardo B. says:

    Absolutely amazing. A great outreach initiative. Good luck!

  49. Victoria Lanier says:

    Wonderful, Amy! Looking forward to partnering with you and Bethune MS!

  50. Veronica Garcia says:

    Good luck!

  51. Sarah says:

    Would love to see this in our school!

  52. Cece says:

    Good Luck Amy! You provide such a positive impact on these students.

  53. Jiang Laoshi says:

    Good luck Amy! Glad to see you pursuing your dreams!

  54. Cheree Mason says:

    Awesome Amy!!! So proud of you!!! I look forward to hearing more about your work!!

  55. tristan benitez says:

    Best of luck Amy!! You have the personality and drive to do it all!!

  56. Daniel says:

    There is not a person more deserving than Amy to promote yoga among our youth.

  57. Michelle Rivera says:

    It takes one person to make a difference and a person to be patience and be committed.. You can do it,Amy.. GOOD LUCK!! :)..

  58. Karen Huang says:

    Amy is a dedicated and talented teacher! She will make this an incredible program at Bethune Middle School. There’s nobody more deserving of this scholarship!

  59. Will Wu says:

    This is such a great idea! Love how you’re bringing innovative ideas to help reform the education system. Keep it up!

  60. Dolores says:

    Amy is an incredibly talented individual whom I have had the pleasure of sharing my college years and more. She has a vibrant spirit and I am constantly inspired by her passion and commitment to effect change within her community.

  61. david says:

    Love you Amy! You will make a great yoag instructor

  62. Chris Sanchez says:

    Waow. its incredable and so motivating. it makes me want to fly all the way there from New York and be part of something great! your amazing Amy

  63. Jackie says:

    You’re amazing!! Good luck!!

  64. JT says:

    I like the cut of this girl’s jib.

  65. Aislinn Doyle says:

    Love this! Keep it up, Amy!

  66. Shazia says:

    Amy, hope you win!

  67. Shou says:

    This is awesome!

  68. Dalmi says:

    GO AMY, good luck hope you win :)

  69. Kathryn says:

    What a great mission! Good Luck.

  70. Nancy says:

    Good luck, Amy! No one is more deserving of winning than you :)

  71. Chris T says:

    namaste!

  72. Jessica says:

    great video, inspirational!

  73. lisa says:

    I think Amy will be able to provide an invaluable experience to her community as a yoga instructor and educator. She deserves to win!!!

  74. Shawn says:

    Great idea, good luck!

  75. Shelly Helgeson says:

    Amy is a very caring, passionate person. She certainly deserves the scholarship!

  76. helen chong says:

    Great detailed plan Amy! It’ll definitely make a positive influence on the students’ lives!

  77. Apple says:

    You’re the best!

  78. Maura says:

    Amy is amazing and would be a wonderful yoga instructor!

  79. henry says:

    good luck amy 😀

  80. sonja says:

    Awesome! This is going to be great!!!

  81. Christine says:

    Go Amy!!!

  82. Kevin says:

    There are few people in this world as determined, encouraging and compassionate as Amy is, and all of these comments are a testament to the lives that she’s touched and will touch in the future. She deserves this scholarship, and I know in my heart that nobody will utilize it to help the community as much as she will.

  83. Kendra says:

    This is wonderful, Amy! Best of luck to you. :)

  84. stephanie says:

    nice!!

  85. Dave says:

    Teach me how to yoga

  86. Aniva says:

    Amy – this is a great idea, good luck!

  87. Alex says:

    Yoga + Amy = unknown amount of awesome

  88. James K says:

    A worthwhile cause I’m happy to stand behind indeed :)

  89. jason says:

    Yoga is the most relaxing exercise in the world and could require intense mental concentration. I can think of no one better than Amy Chou to lead a group of students to discover the wonders they have in themselves.

  90. Betty says:

    Good Luck Amy!

  91. Ed says:

    Amy Chou: Always doing what’s best for the children.

  92. Amy says:

    Thank you all for your support!

  93. Elizabeth Cheng says:

    You’re amazing Amy-I would have loved to have yoga at my middle school!

  94. Ellen says:

    go amy!! always awesome!

  95. Tiffany says:

    I’ve experienced the amazing benefits of yoga and I think this is a great idea! Good luck!

  96. Christina Kelleher says:

    This is an outstanding idea! By the way, I recently tried yoga and believe it helps with relieving and managing stress. As an aspiring educator myself, a program like the one you’re trying to implement would do so much good for members of the school and community. Good luck, Amy.

  97. Stefanie says:

    Go Amy – you’re awesome!

  98. Yuliya says:

    I first learned Yoga in school 6 years ago ( it was a mandatory class!) and I am in love with it now. Go Amy, I hope you win!

  99. Brad says:

    Amy is Awesome!

  100. Connie says:

    You would be an excellent teacher!

  101. Jason Wallace says:

    Not sure how much my comment’s content helps, but this is a truly inspirational use of the scholarship and I know Amy has the drive and determination to positively affect the lives of these students. Way to go, Amy! =)

  102. Janice Cheung says:

    you would be a wonderful yoga teacher! good luck with your endeavors! hope this helps!

  103. Greg says:

    Sounds good to me.

  104. Lisa says:

    Good luck Amy!!

  105. Amy says:

    GOOD LUCK AMY!

  106. Andy says:

    good luck ms.chou =DD

  107. Farheen says:

    Go Amy Chou!!

  108. dave says:

    hope you win

  109. connie says:

    you totally wanted to reach out to me by going to lacma huh. haha good luck!

  110. Yolanda Vega says:

    You are Awesome Amy Chou!

  111. Kiya says:

    Amy has the most amazing, inspirational aurora that will impact anyone in her presence. I thank you for the memories and the support you gave me for I will always cherish it. You will make a great yoga instructor. Good luck!!

  112. Arquimides Vargas says:

    Go Amy!

  113. B.K. says:

    Having volunteered with Amy before, she’s an amazing human being who does what’s best for the kids she serves. Many people can teach yoga, but not everyone can bring out the best in the kids like Amy can, so that’s why she’s special.

  114. erica says:

    go amy!

  115. Dhara says:

    Amy is a beautiful person inside and out and is so deserving of the gift to give back in such a spiritual way!

  116. Julie says:

    Go Amy!!!!

  117. Anthony says:

    Go Amy!

  118. James Croft says:

    Good luck Amy – I think you’d be fantastic!

  119. Hana Yu says:

    Good for you Amy~!

  120. Phi says:

    Amy is a wonderfully kind, amazing person. I have no doubt that she would make a great yoga teacher for children. Good luck Amy! :)

  121. dan says:

    good luck babe!

  122. Lana says:

    Amy is definitely qualified for any position that involves teaching. She is a role model for anyone that may cross paths with her.

    Best of luck, Amy!!!

    xoxo,

    Lana

  123. Helena says:

    Go Amy!

  124. Ali Ansary says:

    This is an absolutely necessary program which I believe Amy has strongly demonstrated through her passion! I hope you win!

  125. Wendy says:

    Best of luck Amy!!!! You deserve this scholarship ;0)

  126. Jing says:

    What a fantastic idea — go Amy!!

  127. Janice says:

    Heard about the great thing that you are doing through your cousin, Mike. Wishing you the best of luck! =)

  128. Angela says:

    So inspiring Amy! :)

  129. Lilian says:

    best of luck!

  130. Joel says:

    Great program! Wish you much success Amy.

  131. Kerrie says:

    Who could take this task on other than Amy?

  132. Edwina says:

    This is inspiring! Best of luck, Amy! You’d make a great yoga instructor!

  133. Askalthea says:

    You go grrrl! It’s a great thing to bring a centered lifestyle to children. There’s hope for the next generation. Be well.

  134. Henry Dea says:

    Win it Amy!

  135. Jen says:

    Sounds like a fantastic idea! Best of luck! I’m very curious what kind of effect yoga has on the kids.

  136. Sam says:

    This is awesome Amy; yoga is something that has not been utilized to it’s full potential by the community as well, so this would definitely be a great help. :)

  137. Natalie says:

    truly inspiring!

  138. Leora says:

    Way to go Amy! Good Luck!

  139. Selina says:

    yeah go Amy!

  140. Jonlin says:

    woot! go Amy!

  141. Didier says:

    This is amazing. Good luck!

  142. Kim says:

    You’re the best!

  143. Julia says:

    Amy is awesome!

  144. Liberty says:

    WTG Amy!

  145. zack ray says:

    Go for it Amy!!

  146. Gaby says:

    This was so inspirational. I appreciate her dedication to cultivating well rounded young people and her passion for service.

  147. Erik says:

    Great work Amy! I hope you get it!

  148. Charles Choe says:

    Hey, I hope you win. And i hope you teach your classes with your turkey hat on.

  149. Grace Cho says:

    Hey I hope you win! Come and teach my kids yoga!

  150. Noah Choe says:

    Hey, come and teach me yoga. I’m young but ready.

  151. Paola Zelaya says:

    Hey Ms. Chou,

    I want some dumplings to go with my yoga lessons!

  152. alexander bronson says:

    Hello Ms. Chou,

    Go to Bethune and teach some yoga for some inner city kids.

  153. Mike says:

    go Amy! you’re a runner, a yogi, and a mentor! keep it up!

  154. Michael says:

    Go Amy!

  155. Ana Vera says:

    Good luck Amy!! :):)

  156. liz gutierrez says:

    i like it and is a good idea.!!!!!!!!!!!!

  157. Diana Lagunas >. says:

    this is a nice video you inspired me . It helps encourage the young children . YOU ARE AMAZING!! 😀 good luck :p

  158. z. smith says:

    it would be beneficial to lots of kids.

  159. april_munoz says:

    this was a good video, it inspired me , i appreciate her work for the young people, Yoga is something I never thought I would try, you have good dedication , you’re the best Amy, & good luck. :D<3

  160. Yarelly Bonilla says:

    I like it..Its very inspirational.And good idea.GOOD LUCK:)

  161. Adrian Moreno says:

    This was a good yoga video ☺

  162. YESENIA AGUILAR says:

    yoga is great and will be very inspiring to anyone who sees it in the future

  163. Leslie((: says:

    Very good video !

  164. Marylen says:

    This Is Awesome.!

  165. BOB LIZARGA says:

    THIS IS GOOD

  166. Myrna says:

    GO AMY ! UR THE BEST :)

  167. vanessa perez says:

    gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo amyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  168. Diana Lagunas>. says:

    This was a great video and it’s also inspiring 😀 Keep up the good work .Yoga is AWESOME !!! This is incredible .Thanks for the support :p Youu are the best Amy good luck <3"

  169. EDGAR TRIGUEROS says:

    i really like it:)

  170. Astrid says:

    Nicee I love school

  171. Aileen says:

    Nice i really like its a wonderful idea !

  172. Sahely says:

    Nicee Amy Good Luck And I Like The Idea

  173. Jocelyn Gonzalez says:

    Nice Video! ☺

  174. Andrew says:

    I like the idea of extending yoga into schools and communities. best wishes!

  175. shelly says:

    this is such a great idea you should go for it

  176. malik wilcher says:

    i think that this is a good thing to do

  177. Bonnie Bura says:

    GO AMY! You’re such an inspiration. Good luck :)

  178. Becca says:

    Best of luck Amy! Your passion and dedication to serving the students is inspiring!

  179. Mike says:

    great job! Keep it up Amy!

  180. Veronica says:

    You go girl!

  181. daisy says:

    I really appreciate your dedication to good health and youth Amy, best of luck.

  182. Janet says:

    GO AMY GO! We LOVE YOU! WE believe in you! xoxo

  183. matt says:

    this is awesome! very needed in schools today

  184. LyndseyAnderson says:

    Amy is super awesome!!

  185. rosanna chan says:

    amy is the best! good luck! your dedication, thrive, and dedication is awesome! we need more people like you!!!!!

  186. Karina says:

    ms.chou,
    you count with all my love and support thank you lotss of luck

    -klassykay<3

  187. Tia Walters says:

    I would like to support the idea of having yoga at Bethune Middle School.

  188. Tia Walters says:

    I would like to suggest adding yoga classes to Bethune Middle School.

  189. ashley says:

    this is gooood for the kids

  190. Yoshio says:

    You go girl! You’re amazing!

  191. jennifer says:

    gooooo lol you can do it its very gud

  192. Clarissa Lopez says:

    youu can do it ! 😀

  193. hilda says:

    yoga is good for your body and its fun

  194. Cynthia Valencia says:

    Thats a great idea! Good Luck! 😀

  195. berenice says:

    your so nice

  196. alondra says:

    your awesome! you can do it!

  197. Jasmin says:

    it is so awesome having a yoga class in schools……………..that is so awesome and you go girl

  198. marixza says:

    your awsome!!!!!!!!!

  199. Anna Lopez says:

    I think that doing yoga is really good because it relaxes your body.

  200. stephanie estrada says:

    GO AMY WE LOVE YOU AND SUPPORT YOU YOU CAN DO IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU GO GIRL !CHAAOOOOOOO!

  201. tiffany says:

    your awesome

  202. Carlye Wund says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more! Yoga is such a positive experience and kids, staff and parents would benefit greatly! I hope you win!

  203. AngieMcKee says:

    Awesome work. I wish you success.

  204. khoi says:

    good luck!

  205. Phil says:

    Give this girl a yoga scholarship!

  206. tristan benitez says:

    Tremendous inspiration!!

  207. Sean says:

    Good Luck!

  208. henry cheung says:

    amy! just tweeted my followers! you’re an inspiration!

  209. Leslie Chow says:

    This girl is the future Michael Jordan of the Yoga game. Did you SEE that tree pose? BLEW my mind. Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, but teach him how to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Amy needs to learn how to fish.

  210. Ryan Leung says:

    Amayyyy! Great video and great work! Your dedication is inspiring :) Good luck!!

  211. Paul Chou says:

    Thank You, Amy

  212. Zhen Ping Kuang says:

    Thank You Very Much

  213. Jackie says:

    you are so amazing and will make such a meaningful impact in the lives of your students. much love to you amy!

  214. Janice Cheung says:

    good luck good luck!!!!

  215. Henry says:

    I love the idea. Good luck.

  216. Yuen-Lin says:

    Right on :)

  217. Finn says:

    My 2 year old loves yoga. Good luck with your goals.

  218. Isabel Pradas says:

    Amy cares about kids and would be a fabulous instructor. As someone who has worked with her and seen her in action with students, I support her in this endeavor 100%!

  219. briana blacknell says:

    i would love to have this yoga training at are school so we can be more health and well fit this is going to be so amazing wen we get it

  220. nohely says:

    good luck!!!!!

  221. juan lozno says:

    go bethunee !!!!!!!!!!!!!! bethune is awsomee !!!!!!!!

  222. Elizabeth Marquez says:

    I think that doing yoga is really good

  223. pedro says:

    good luck;}

  224. Monica Martinez says:

    I want to join Yoga c;

  225. Higinio Sandoval says:

    I want yoga bethune.

  226. Kiya Tyler says:

    Yoga is cool!

  227. chemize love says:

    yoga is exciting

  228. Maelei says:

    Yoga relaxes me!

  229. bennie shaw says:

    yoga is cool

  230. tatiana wilson says:

    Yoga is awesome and I hope we see at Bethune!

  231. Kemarr says:

    I hope we win.

  232. barbara Munoz says:

    yoga is fun. We want it here at our school.

  233. Alejandra says:

    I believe yoga is good for our school.

  234. selena plancarte says:

    Yoga us fun for kids! I hope we get it our school.

  235. hector mejia says:

    Ms. Chou, this is great! Yoga would be fun!

  236. Edward says:

    Yoga brings a moment of peace.

  237. Valerie Rosales says:

    Yoga is fun for kids!

  238. Barbara says:

    yoga is dee bombb.! 😀

  239. Luis says:

    I hope we win!

  240. Esmeralda says:

    Yoga is relaxing!

  241. Eric says:

    Yoga helps to keep me calm.

  242. Yolanda says:

    I haven’t tried but I hope it’s offered at our school!

  243. Dameri says:

    I haven’t tried but I want to!

  244. Jeffrey says:

    I’m excited and I hope we win!

  245. Bryan says:

    i like it !!!

  246. Manuel says:

    I think it will get kids out of trouble and help with our academics.

  247. Yarely says:

    I believe it can get kids out of trouble.

  248. Lucy says:

    Yes! We would like to have this program at our school. All stockholders would benefit from this opportunity.

  249. Nancy says:

    This will be great at the school for my child.

  250. Andrea says:

    Good luck, Ms. Chou!

  251. Cesar Arredondo says:

    Yoga for kids is a wonderful idea, especially in communities that have limited PE, arts and personal development programs. Yoga can teach children how to manage stress in their lives, get in touch with their feelings, express themselves better, discover their talents and be better individuals, among many other things.
    Amy Chou wants to have a positive impact in places and people that may need it the most. Bases on her essay, one can tell that she cares, has a big heart, passion and vision. She has a plan and deserves to get the training to become a yoga teacher. I hope that the world has and gets more Amy Chous. We need people like her.

  252. angel says:

    Good luck!

  253. Ninos says:

    Good luck!

  254. Aristides says:

    What a great program~!

  255. Mario says:

    Have a good production.

  256. Kayla says:

    I hope you do well Ms. Chou!

  257. H Kantor says:

    Yoga changes everything! Namaste

  258. ronni says:

    I would love to learn yoga!

  259. Yoshio Hagiwara says:

    Great video! Keep up the great work!

  260. Mei Yen says:

    Awesome idea and I hope you win!

  261. Myangel says:

    Good luck!

  262. Andy says:

    I like yoga and would enjoy learning more.

  263. Kathleen says:

    This is awesome Amy!!!

  264. Vicky says:

    This is inspired. Good luck!

  265. Brian Rosenbaum says:

    Much respect!

  266. Stephanie Ortiz says:

    I love yoga, it helps keep my flexibility which is perfect for me as a dancer.

  267. Christina Cervantes says:

    Fabulous! :)

  268. Courtney says:

    SO excited!!! :)

  269. Stephanie Quintana says:

    I would love to see a yoga class at this school.

  270. Bryan Bateman says:

    Great endeavor!

  271. Pamela says:

    How cool!

  272. Ruby Rizos says:

    It would be awesome to have yoga at Bethune.

  273. Gilmar says:

    I think it’s a good idea and that it can help people relax more and find inner peace.

  274. Carolina says:

    I’m excited!

  275. Ricardo says:

    this is a ok idea.

  276. Dayane says:

    I want to learn yoga.

  277. Roxanne says:

    Yoga is relaxing.

  278. Arlene says:

    I don’t know anything about yoga but I’d like to learn more about it.

  279. Gisselle says:

    Yoga is fun!

  280. Edgar Delgado says:

    This is cool

  281. Jose Gutierrez says:

    Dis is awesome

  282. Julio Alvarez says:

    yoga is relaxing.

  283. Melody Carpio says:

    This is a good idea.

  284. Vanessa says:

    Yoga is good for the body.

  285. Gema says:

    Yoga is a great way to relax, which is perfect for the kids at this school.

  286. Karla R says:

    You are amazing Amy. Good luck!

  287. Malaka Turner says:

    AWESOME!!

  288. Chemize Love says:

    Yoga is cool

  289. George King says:

    Yoga is tight!

  290. Gloria says:

    I would love to have yoga here at Bethune. It would be great for the kids. It can help them control their anger and stress.

  291. Yesenia says:

    I like yoga.

  292. Alicia Pedro says:

    This sounds an amazing opportunity.

  293. Alejandra Perez says:

    I hope we win.

  294. Davina Cunningham says:

    It would great; I need some of that!

  295. Griselda Garcia says:

    Yoga is cool.

  296. Rosa says:

    Awesome! Keep up the great work.

  297. SL says:

    I can’t think of anyone else better to win this scholarship!

  298. Donald says:

    Good luck Amy!

  299. mbl says:

    keep it up! nice to see a dboat alum doing well!

  300. Maria says:

    Good Luck !

  301. Maria says:

    You got this Amy

  302. Breana says:

    Good Luck

  303. Linda says:

    Good luck :)

  304. Lia says:

    Great Work Amy

  305. Luis says:

    Best of luck Amy

  306. Ivan says:

    I would love to have a Yoga teacher at Bethune

  307. Marissa says:

    Best of luck Amy

  308. Norma says:

    Good luck Amy

  309. Marcella says:

    Having you as a Yoga Teacher the best thing ever

  310. Angela says:

    Buen trabajo Amy

  311. Jennie says:

    Go Amy Go!!! This would be awesome

  312. Joseph Ellis says:

    I would definitely be up for some back bending yoga at school! My doctor has recommended Yoga for my stress for a long time. I’ll be there if you have classes.

  313. Rosie says:

    Yoga is a great program. I wish you the best of luck Amy!!

  314. Marilyn A says:

    Good luck, Amy! You’re almost there!

  315. Nadine says:

    Lots of Luck!!

  316. Anar says:

    This is awesome Amy! Wish you the best.

  317. Leigh-Anne Lui says:

    Nice work Amy!

  318. lori ikediashi says:

    YAY AMY!!!

  319. Donald says:

    most inspiring video ever

  320. graciela says:

    Lots of Luck!!

  321. Eugene says:

    Great idea! I was lucky enough to have yoga offered in HS and think all children should access to it as it creates better awareness

  322. JB says:

    Amy Chou is the bee’s knees

  323. Dirk says:

    Gooooo Amy!

  324. Michael says:

    What a great cause!

  325. Jessica says:

    No one is more deserving of this scholarship

  326. valerie says:

    Go AMy!!! your the best !! Yoga is a very very good way of relaxing yourself! i really liked your videoo!! Wish you the best Amy!! :) Good luck ! <3

  327. J.G.M says:

    This sounds like a great idea.Good luck.

  328. Chris says:

    This a great idea and i hope you win

  329. j wu says:

    hooray yoga for children!

  330. Diana says:

    Yogo for children! LA and all USA definitely needs a balance lifestyle. Show us the way Amy! #stopobesity #starthealthylifestyle

  331. Wilson says:

    Go Yoga programs!

  332. sarah says:

    I couldn’t imagine a better person for the job!

  333. tanya says:

    Ms.Chou

    I seen your video it was very nice i would like to see this class at bethune i would like to take it with you.

  334. keith says:

    It was cool!

  335. Michelle says:

    It was amazing c:

  336. Heidy Talles says:

    Go Yoga!(=

  337. michelle says:

    Amy is going to be the best Yoga teacher!

  338. Crystal says:

    Best Yoga INSTRUCTOR AMY

  339. Rosa says:

    Wishing you the best of luck Amy

  340. Soco says:

    We’re all here for you GO AMY!!!!

  341. Ricky Gordon says:

    This is a great course, good luck Amy

  342. Harsheta says:

    Our school will be lucky to have yoga. you will be a good teacher! Good luck! 😀

  343. Allen says:

    Go Amy. Bring yoga to that school.

  344. Tiffany says:

    Great idea Amy! Good luck!

  345. Ho Ning says:

    Those kids are so fortunate to have you as their teacher Amy! I hope you win this scholarship!

  346. Elsy says:

    We need more people like you in the world! Good Luck!

  347. Sarah says:

    Yah Amy!

  348. Catherine D. says:

    Amy, your composedness an emotional intelligence will get you REALLY FAR !!! I know that when you do something, you commit 200%. So, you deserve this training and opportunity ! Good luck. :)

  349. Lynne Lee says:

    Amy,
    Good luck and I hope you win!

  350. Ben says:

    Inspirational.

  351. shantal says:

    Let’s go Ms. Chou! :)

  352. anne says:

    Good luck Amy! I think this is a great idea.

  353. Tru says:

    Yay for Amy!

  354. Amy P. says:

    Good luck, Amy!

  355. Derrick Chan says:

    YOGA FIRE

  356. Tammy L says:

    go amy!!!

  357. Anny says:

    YOGA POWER

  358. Stephanie Ho says:

    YAY yoga :]

  359. phuong says:

    this is simply amazing!

  360. Lisa Cunningham says:

    this video was so inspiring! you definitely have my support, love to see you pursuing a dream!

  361. Mike Lee says:

    go Amy!!

  362. Miguel Enriquez:) says:

    This is an awesome idea Amy,it would be great to be relaxed and be able to let go of all the stress that we have been holding back by having these yoga classes and i really hope for the best to happen for yoga classes to come to our school.:)

  363. Kathleen Wong says:

    Amy is such an inspiration and these kids will be very lucky to have her!! AWESOME IDEA! Hope you get this scholarship!!

  364. Megan says:

    Looks like a really well-thought out and solid plan! What a great way to reach out and teach children!

  365. Ari L says:

    Amy is a wonderful coordinator and is doing this program for the right reasons. She always supported great programs for our students in NYC and is continuing to do that wherever she goes. Good luck!

  366. Victor says:

    Great idea!!!

  367. Shell says:

    Amy is the best!

  368. CARINA SOTO says:

    GO AMY!!!!!!!!!

  369. Jenn says:

    Go Amy!! I’m rooting for you!! :)

  370. Zuleyma says:

    I think it would be great idea… Good Luck!!! :)

  371. Grace says:

    What a great idea for the kids!

  372. Angel says:

    go YOGA;gOOD LUcK:)

  373. Elias says:

    GO Amyyy WooHoo!!!

  374. Ana Barreto says:

    Amyy!! Awsome Job She Deserves It Shes Really Inspiring!!

  375. Miguel says:

    This is an great idea , I love yoga :D!

  376. emmanuel gonzalez says:

    very inspiring

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