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Hudson Yoga Project Announces Teacher Training Scholarship for Wellness Wednesday

The Hudson Yoga Project located in Hoboken is enthusiastic to inform #HipNJ of their first donated scholarship for the upcoming 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training for this weeks #WellnessWednesday. The scholarship is for the March 2018 session and is made possible by a $3500 donation from Jennifer Deare – a recent graduate from the 2017 Yoga Teacher Training Summer Intensive course.

Deare is a Hoboken resident and the Founder and CEO of D3 NYC, a Marketing Communications company. Deare’s motivation for her benevolent deed is her own positive experience within the Hudson Yoga Project community. She was moved by the dedication of her peers who scraped together the necessary tuition for the program. Ultimately, she wanted to help a potential student realize their dreams.

The Hudson Yoga Project was opened by business partners Patrick Franco and Curtis Berger who wanted to create a more genuine yoga community. Their belief is that the Asana practice, along with an intimate group of yogis, makes for a welcoming atmosphere. The mission is an attempt to reject the current climate of anger and protest – the most likely common denominator between people today.

The studio offers over 40 Vinyasa style classes per week ranging from beginner to advanced and including prenatal yoga classes. Novices will find that the studio is a friendly and supportive environment since all classes are light-hearted and inspirational by nature.

For more information about the upcoming 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and the Hudson Yoga Project in general, there will be an information session at the HYP studio lead by Patrick Franco on Sunday, February 11 at 6:15 p.m. You can apply for the HYP Jennifer Deare Teacher Training Scholarship by completing the application on their website.

Bella's Butterflies

Bella’s Butterflies At The 2018 New Jersey Walk to Cure Arthritis

#HipNJ‘s own Lisa Marie Latino sits down with Isabella and Connie Masullo to discuss their participation in the 2018 New Jersey Walk to Cure Arthritis in West Orange. The event will be held at the Clipper Pavilion on May 5, 2018.

At the young age of three, Connie could tell that Bella had trouble walking. After seeing that her daughter was hesitant to put weight on her legs, she brought her for a medical assessment. From the initial round of visits and blood tests, they received a diagnosis of Lyme’s Disease for which Bella received a leg brace. Instead of helping little Bella, the brace made it worse and Connie insisted that she see another specialist. The Pediatric Rheumatologist  finally diagnosed Bella with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis which Connie describes as “devastating”.

It took about eight months to find the right balance of medications, but with Connie’s perseverance and Bella’s inspiring attitude, they managed to find an answer. Connie describes the difference before and after proper medical intervention as being “night and day”. Bella now enjoys her dance competitions and a very active lifestyle. 

The origin of this and other arthritic diseases is still unknown, with doctors and researchers working hard to find a cure. To help raise money for the cause, their team Bella’s Butterflies is participating in the 2018 Walk to Cure Arthritis. Bella will be handing out flyers at her school, Jefferson Elementary in Roxbury, to any enthusiastic participants. 

You can join Bella’s Butterflies or donate to the team through the Arthritis Foundation website.

Mindy Scheier

Don’t Miss #HipNJ Mom Mindy Scheier’s Inspiring TED Talk

#HipNJ resident Mindy Scheier, President and CEO of Runway of Dreams, was selected to share her inspiring story in a featured TED talk! WATCH NOW and spread the word that Clothing CAN Make A Difference!

About Runway of Dreams: Runway of Dreams Foundation (RODF) was founded in 2014 by Mindy Scheier – a fashion designer and mother of a child with a disability. Her journey began when her son Oliver, who has a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, wanted to wear jeans to school like his friends. She soon realized that millions of people around the world were also struggling to access fashionable clothing that meets their needs. She envisioned a world where adaptive clothing for people with disabilities was mainstream. After spending 20 years in the fashion industry and opening a design school for kids, Mindy decided to combine her experience and her passion by creating the Runway of Dreams Foundation.

The Runway of Dreams Foundation is a nonprofit that works toward a future of inclusion, acceptance and opportunity in the fashion industry for people with disabilities. Founded on the basis that clothing is a basic human need, the Runway of Dreams Foundation develops, delivers and supports charitable initiatives to broaden the reach of adaptive clothing and promote the differently-abled community in the fashion industry. Through adaptive clothing donations, employment opportunity initiatives, adaptive design workshops, awareness building campaigns and scholarships programs, the Runway of Dreams Foundation is empowering people with disabilities with opportunity, confidence, independence and style.

For more information, visit RunwayofDreams.org.