Yoga 4 Change Expands to 3 cities in Florida via Florida Blue Foundation Grant

Yoga 4 Change expands opioid treatment program with help from Florida Blue Foundation

June 24, 2019 - Yoga 4 Change is expanding its one-of-a-kind substance use disorder treatment program to South Florida and other communities across the state, thanks to a generous grant from the Florida Blue Foundation. The unique, purpose-driven curriculum uses yoga to deal with opioid and other substance disorders, as well as other issues.

Since it launched five years ago in Jacksonville, Yoga 4 Change has helped more than 50,000 individuals dealing with substance use disorder including veterans, incarcerated individuals, vulnerable youth and many others. With the Florida Blue Foundation grant, the organization has recently partnered with several Broward County rehabilitation clinics and now offers programming around Fort Lauderdale. Expansion to Tampa and Orlando is expected later this year. These three additional regions will focus on battling the alarming rise of substance use disorders.

Yoga 4 Change teaches trauma-informed yoga and healing themes such as forgiveness and gratitude. These help achieve lasting, demonstrative change for participants battling addiction. Specially-trained professional instructors lead an evidence-based curriculum that utilizes movement, mindfulness and breathing tools to go directly to the source of the issue. Yoga 4 Change is also credited with lowering blood pressure and blood sugar for many participants, and with increasing self-esteem and sense of peace.

“This grant from the Florida Blue Foundation enables us to spread our impact exponentially,” said Yoga 4 Change Executive Director Kathryn Thomas. “We are able to combat substance abuse with a holistic approach to mindfulness and wellness that has proven to help individuals achieve sobriety, health and independence.”

“We are proud to help empower people and communities through this partnership that uses yoga to save and transform lives,” said Florida Blue Foundation Vice President Susan Towler.

About Yoga 4 Change

Yoga 4 Change is a non-profit organization whose mission is to heal and empower veterans, incarcerated individuals, vulnerable youth and those dealing with substance abuse through a purpose-driven yoga curriculum. Follow along @y4csoflo and @y4ctampa_

About The Florida Blue Foundation

The Florida Blue Foundation enables healthy communities by making grants, building coalitions and rewarding best practices. More than three million people in Florida have received direct health services as a result of grants made to nonprofit organizations since our founding in 2001. Florida Blue Foundation is a trade name of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, Inc., an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Breanna Tivvis