Thanks to YOU, 2018 was an incredible year for EmbodyGR! With your on-going support, we were able to make a powerful impact.
EmbodyGR held free weekly classes & monthly events offering the healing tools of yoga & mindfulness to all. We served well over 2,500 people from diverse backgrounds in Grand Rapids with our 'feel better do good' mission.
EmbodyGR partnered with many local and national organizations to offer our service to others in need. Locally, we volunteered and held events in partnership with iUnderstand, Kids Food Basket, The Red Project, & The Better Body Image. All these nonprofits support diverse populations who are impacted by issues of physical and mental wellbeing. Also, we partnered with The Grand River Water Festival to raise awareness and assist in the ongoing work related to water issues in our Great Lakes State. Finally, we celebrated International Women's Day with lululemon, our 'Here To Be' social impact partner.
Nationally, EmbodyGR partnered with Uprising Yoga and Love Your Brain. Uprising Yoga is a nonprofit organization that brings yoga to incarcerated youth. These youth have history of foster care and / or commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC). We were able to create care packages for these youth for Valentine's Day with positively messaged cards & letters letting them know they are not alone. Also, we added a special gift of over 100 pair of new socks for the youth to bring comfort and surprise to their challenged lives. We also partnered with Love Your Brain (LYB) a nonprofit organization that brings free yoga & mindfulness to people who suffer traumatic brain injury.
Our founder & Executive Director, Dana Christian Lee, received the YWCA Tribute Award on October 30, 2018, They honored Dana's work in our community in the category of sports, wellness and fitness by highlighting the importance of our mission. The YWCA celebrated us by saying "EmbodyGR uniquely combines the healing yoga brings to the individual with the healing that service brings to the community." Watch the following video to learn more about Dana and how EmbodyGR positively impacts the lives of others and our local community.
Thanks to YOU for making the work of EmbodyGR possible. Please consider giving a year end contribution to continue bringing the 'feel better do good' mission. Your support directly makes people's lives healthier and happier while also making our community a better place for all people. Simply click the link below & make an immediate difference on the life of another and your community.
Here's to a healthy & happy 2019 for ALL!
Dana Christian Lee
Embody Founder & Executive Director
“The EmbodyGR community embraces and supports, says ‘yes you can’ when the noisy inner voice says, ‘no you can’t’ – Kari Wilson, Community Member