Social Work, Yoga, and Gratitude: Partnership in a Homeless Shelter

  • Jennifer Davis-Berman Professor of Social Work at the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
  • Jean Farkas President of Bridge to Health Ohio

Abstract

This narrative explores the personal lessons learned about life and practice from YogaHome, a yoga program for homeless adults. The yoga program, taught in partnership by a social worker/professor of social work (Jenny) and a yoga teacher (Jean) with 17 years of experience, exemplifies the merging of social work and yogic practices , but also illustrates the evolution of these two professionals in their chosen fields as many of their traditional views, values, intentions, and expectations unraveled and led to a re-revaluation of their professional practices, transforming their personal perspectives on life. This reflection is based on the YogaHome program, originally planned as a six-week intervention that is still going strong after 16 months

Author Biographies

Jennifer Davis-Berman, Professor of Social Work at the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
Jennifer Davis-Berman is a professor of social work at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.
Jean Farkas, President of Bridge to Health Ohio
Jean Farkas is a vertified yoga instructor and president of Bridge to Health Ohio.
Published
2014-06-26