Actress Michelle Williams, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Blue Valentine, recently launched a non-profit that helps single mothers experience the physical and mental health benefits of yoga.

Earlier this year, Williams spoke with Marie Claire about how she copes with the death of Heath Ledger, her one-time fiance and the father of her daughter, Matilda Rose Ledger. Among some of the other nuggets of wisdom (seriously, it was a fantastic piece), Williams shared that yoga provided her with comfort and relief.

In addition to the various physical health benefits of yoga (such as improved strength, flexibility, posture, and balance), some of the mental health benefits of yoga participants can experience include:

  • The cultivation of deep and mindful breathing.
  • Experiencing fewer feelings of stress and more feelings of calm and relaxation.
  • Improved mood and concentration.

Understanding that not all single mothers can afford to pay for daycare each time they want to take a yoga class, but still wanting these mothers to experience the same yoga benefits she experienced, Williams, with the help of Boston-based yoga instructors Chanel Luck and Bonnie Argo, launched Yoga for Single Moms.

Simple and to the point. I like it.

The pilot studio partnership for Yoga for Single Moms is scheduled to launch soon in Boston, with one in Brooklyn not far behind.

To learn more about the non-profit, the instructors, and how to contribute, as well as to sign up for the mailing list and get updates for when classes start in or near your area, visit Yoga for Single Moms.

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Sparks, A. (2011). Michelle Williams Helps Single Moms Obtain Free Yoga Classes. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 30, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/celebrity/2011/03/michelle-williams-helps-single-moms-obtain-free-yoga-classes/

 

 

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