Letter From Miami-Dade School Board

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Superintendent of Schools
Alberto M Carvalho

Miami-Dade County School Board
Perla Tabares Hantman, Chair
Dr. Lawrence S. Feldman, Vice Chair
Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall
Carlos l. Cubelo
Renier diaz de la Portilla
Dr. Wilbert “Tee” Holloway
Dr. Martin Karp
Dr. Marta Peréz
Raquel A. Regalado

May 9, 2012

Dear Subhadra Bowman,

I just wanted to take this time to thank you SO MUCH for introducing and teaching our students to the trainings and art of Yoga through our Physical Education curriculum. Hearing the many great stories about you beforehand was no comparison to the actual event of meeting you and watching you in action with our students.

Much of my time as a principal is spent teaching and evaluating educators by observing their impact on student learning or a daily basis, especially first meeting throughout the progression of the year. As I saw you work with some of our 2nd and 3rd grade students in two separate sessions, I witnessed an observation that would have been rated most HIGHLY EFFECTIVE for a teacher. Your immediate impact on the students was enriching and profound. I especially enjoyed when you explained to the students to "use the space that was available and necessary" because there is so much of the world around us. That was such a higher order and calming statement that allowed the students to focus on their yoga training.

Thank you once again for taking the time out of your busy schedule to impact our students and myself as an educator. It really allowed me to see the value Yoga and A GREAT INSTRUCTOR could have on their lives. If there is ever anything, myself or Myrtle Grove Elementary could provide you, please do not hesitate to ask.

“Expecting Eagle Excellence"


John Pace III
Principal, Myrtle Elementary

Myrtle Grove Elementary • 3125 NW 176 St • Miami Gardens, FL 33056 • John N. Pace Principal
305-624-8431 • 305-624-3015 (FAX) • www.dadeschools.net

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Quotes & Testimonials

  • To Subhadra: 
    Thank you for the most excellent experiences I (and my sister-in-law) had at Yoga Angels! I have now relocated back to Texas, and Dan's time in Jamaica ends at the end of this month.

    You have a wonderful organization and philosophy, and I learned much from my experiences that will stay with me forever. (Example: thanks for the foot exercise which healed my "Blue Mountain" foot.--in case you ever wondered).

    Peace, light, and love
    — Debbie Fenech
  • I feel… tired, sore, and relaxed
    — Eric Williams

    I feel like a new person
    — Brittany Blackmore

    Yoga was cool and a lot of fun. 
    — James age 11
  • Subhadra suggestion to the children that they can control their minds in order to control their bodies is phenomenal. The sooner they learn this the better they will be able to navigate themselves through life’s challenges
    —Edith Alvarez- child life Specialist-UCLA in Torrance

    Yoga is like gymnastic because we do head stand and bridges. It’s fun and you are good at teaching it
    — Savannah age 8
  • “I feel like I have stretched so much a chimp could would be able to........”
    — Marc Epstein age 54

    Thank you, I never thought I could bend like that
    — Britain. N

    I feel great, relax, better and stronger. I will do another class for sure…
    — London Perkins age 7
  • "With Subhadra's training I learned yoga from the inside out. I came into the teacher training without a yoga background. I was a little intimidated by the other students who had a yoga practice, but I was never treated differently. It was hard, but through the training I was able to connect with the purpose of yoga. As a result, I was able to teach my young students with confidence and freedom. AND it gets better everyday."

    — Robin Thorne
    Diakhate Site Director
    Zeitgeist Community Learning Center
  • I feel like yoga is the best of exercises
    — Eric Ortiz

    I feel relieved of pain pressure and stress…very relaxed
    — Rahmar Cooper
    Sickle Cell Foundation

    Subhadra was excellent with the children. Yoga is great to learn, esp. for children with Sickle cell, because it teaches them to control their bodies.

    Erin Rogers- Social Worker
    — Sickle Cell Foundation

    Challenging but very rewarding and makes your body feel very peaceful afterward.
    — Kai Allen
  • Dear KPFK spirituality programmers, my name is Dan Fritz, and I do extensive volunteer and news work early mornings at KPFK. Let me draw your attention to the Jamaican-born yoga teacher, Subhadra Griffiths. She's currently working to bring yoga to kids throughout the L.A. area through her non-profit organization Yoga Angels (yogaangels.com). She has brought yoga into elementary, middle and high schools throughout LA and LAUSD schools, including Fairfax high school, and many more. She is absolutely devoted to what she does and to the inner gifts of the children. And after training for over a decade in the rigorous Iyengar system of yoga, world-renowned as the most meticulous form of asana yoga, she's bringing the benefits of this system and adapting it into a creative, stimulating, balanced, amazing experience and environment for under-privileged, over-privileged, all the kids in L.A.-area schools. She's bursting with information regarding the wonderful effects yoga brings to a child's school experience. With the mandatory testing, competitive P.E. environment, underpaid adults, sugar-laden diet, cutbacks to the arts and sports... yoga provides real answers, no, real directions for these children to be able to look inside for their own answers. Subhadra trains her students to weave the spiritual wisdom of yoga into the classroom without offending any religious sensitivity. I could compliment her comprehensive approach forever.

    I'm only at KPFK in the early mornings so I have to write this e-mail. But I have no doubt that when you meet Subhadra and listen to her discuss her mission, you'll fall in love with her, as I have. Although I've met each of you, you may not remember me as it has been quite awhile since I've been at KPFK past 10am.

    Subhadra's my yoga instructor and my friend, and I have no inhibitions fully endorsing her as a guest for all of your shows.
    Please contact me at (805) 207-5284 if you want to hear more about her.
    You can call her on her cell at (310) 384-1202
    — Thank you very much, Dan Fritz

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