The initial thought for the program began when Bamboomoves agreed to participate in Queens Community House’s work program for seniors. For 20 hours a week, a senior citizen worked at the yoga center. She was paid via Queens Community House.
“It was so nice to work with them,” said Suzanne Scholten, a co-owner and yoga instructor, “and we realized so many of their programs have been cut due to government funding.”
The entire goal of the donation class is to give back to the local community and provide funding for programs that could potentially be in danger of being cut.
“The donation class is to allow [all types of] people to take yoga,” said Scholten.
She explained that restorative yoga is a slow and relaxing class which uses bolsters, blocks and blankets to provide support during seated yoga postures. People who take restorative yoga are looking to release stress, and after the class the body feels open, calm and happy.
“Yoga’s all about finding a balance and showing compassion for everyone,” said Scholten, which is exactly what the donation class demonstrates to the local community.
Bamboomoves has multiple locations and Forest Hills is the first one to participate in a program like this.
Bamboomoves Forest Hills is located at 107-40 Queens Boulevard, Suite 206.