Kula for Karma
currently runs over 60 weekly classes, including Kula Care, its hospital-based programs. Kula's classes are tailored for populations facing physical and mental health challenges, at no cost to the participants.
Kula for Karma has a vision of seeing therapeutic yoga and meditation accepted as a healing tool in hospitals and other facilities throughout the country. As such, Kula dedicates time and resources to identifying hospitals, schools, clinics, senior care facilities, shelters, and other locations where populations will benefit from its programs. Current programs are geared towards adults and children with cancer, veterans, seniors, at-risk youth, adults in recovery, survivors of domestic violence, caregivers, and prisoners.
Kula for Karma is strategically focused on building new programs each year. Expansion efforts in 2014 are focused on adults with eating disorders and adults with Multiple Sclerosis. Through outreach to volunteers, donors, program administrators, and members of the tri-state area, Kula for Karma ensures it is building programs that address the needs of the larger community.
Once potential sites are identified, the Kula team works with each location’s key stakeholders to develop program plans that are tailored to their population’s needs. These stakeholders can include administrators, physicians, nurses, psychotherapists, department chairmen, volunteer departments, and development personnel.
Following program approval, Kula establishes class schedules and reviews its database of 500 specially-trained instructors to identify the appropriate primary and substitute teachers. All instructors are required to take Kula for Karma advanced teacher trainings geared toward their particular population(s).
Kula conducts participation assessments, and obtains completed waiver and release forms.
On an ongoing basis, Kula for Karma monitors and modifies its programs through periodic follow-up with program directors, students, and teachers. Additionally, intake and outtake questionnaires are used to evaluate the efficacy of each program, while obtaining information used in research and grant writing initiatives.