Nicole Cardoza is only 25 years old, but she has already created her own non-profit serving over 2,500 young students. Her organization, Yoga Foster, aims to bring yoga into classrooms in NYC, D.C., and Pittsburgh. And she has plans to expand to other markets this fall.
Yoga Foster offers free classes to train teachers to use yoga in their classrooms. In return, the teachers must agree that they will not use their new yoga skills for profit, but solely for the sake of introducing yoga to their students. As of now, Cardoza and her non-profit have taught over 150 teachers. The costs are low, and Yoga Foster accepts in-kind donations of yoga mats (the organization has received over 5,000 mats to date).
Yoga Foster teaches children yoga in schools, too, but because of strict media restrictions in public schools, Fusion wasn’t able to film inside a school. Instead, we went to one of Yoga Foster’s free classes in which Cardoza tests out new yoga curriculum to see if she should bring it into the schools.
Yoga isn’t just important for health, but also for creativity—and that’s what Cardoza loves bringing out in the children. And there’s nothing cuter than seeing Cardoza teach a “Frozen”-inspired yoga class to children.
And for the sake of full disclosure, Cardoza is the fiancee of a Fusion employee. He’s a lucky man.