The Boulevard Zen Foundation

The Boulevard Zen Foundation was founded by Rich Tola to teach the benefits of Yoga to women and children survivors of domestic violence. Inspired by his film, Boulevard Zen, the goal is to build a charity that: 1) spreads the physical, mental and lifestyle benefits of Yoga to women and children overcoming adversity, 2) helps stop the cycle of domestic violence, 3) reduces heath care costs – more than $5.8 billion per year in the United States alone, and 4) creates opportunities for Yoga teachers to give back and change lives while being compensated for their time.

For more information please contact us @ info@boulevardzen.com

Here’s Rich teaching a Yoga class at a domestic violence shelter in California (and video below):

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Facts – United States
• 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year
• Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women ages 15 – 44
• 5 children die every day as a result of child abuse and neglect
• On any given day in 2008, nearly 16,500 children were living in domestic violence shelters and an additional 6,400 were being treated at non-residential programs
• Children who are exposed to violence are more likely to become addicted to drugs and alcohol, attempt suicide, run away from home, and commit crimes
• More than 32 million Americans are affected by domestic violence each year
• Cost of domestic violence exceeds $5.8 billion a year

Why Yoga is Good for Mother & Child
• Promotes relationship building & trust
• Builds self-esteem & self respect
• Promotes physical strength & flexibility
• Helps build energy & stamina
• Calms the body while reducing stress
• Increases concentration, focus & self-discipline
• Promotes body awareness & good posture
• Yoga is FUN!