Our volunteer of the month for April is Janit Buccella! Here's a bit about her, and the incredible work that she does with Kula:
Janit has been practicing yoga for over 40 years, and in 2011 she attended and passed an intensive Yoga Teacher Training at Yogaphoria in New Hope, PA. She has been trained in Vinyasa Flow yoga by Seane Corn and Deb Motto in addition to being trained in Adaptive Yoga therapy by Matthew Sanford, the founder of Mind Body Solutions (MBS) in Minnetonka, MN. She has attended several trainings with the folks at MBS over the years, and this year will be studying with them to receive certification in their new adaptive yoga program. She says:
“It's been my passion to bring Yoga to everyone and I've personally witnessed and been a part of some amazing transformations in the non-traditional yoga student populations.”
Janit was referred to Kula by a colleague and when she read the email asking if I would be interested in becoming a volunteer yoga instructor, she said "ABSOLUTELY!" She had been semi-retired from teaching and dealing with her own issues related to fibromyalgia and bad knees. She was so thrilled to be invited to participate, as this was a population that she wanted to work with. She shares:
“One of the big challenges of working with this group is that they are a very busy group, attending school and working and by design, they usually don’t stay at the facility for a very long time. So, we have to adjust our teaching to include the new students as well as the “regulars”. We’ve had a few hiccups but we (students and teachers) “do the work” and reap the benefits. Working with Kula has been a true blessing and I'm thrilled to be a part of such a group of teachers. I've learned that I am able to easily bring the principles of adaptive yoga to the Veterans and also to others whether they be cancer survivors or have other issues and more often than not they are so receptive to our efforts. Thank you Kula for making my yoga dreams a reality!”
Thank you for all that you do, Janit! We are so grateful for you!