Since moving to New Orleans, Project Peaceful Warriors has given me the opportunity to continue sharing yoga with kids and teens. Project Peaceful Warriors is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness programming to New Orleans schools. According to a 2015 study conducted by the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, 54 percent of youth in New Orleans (ages 11-15) have lost someone close to them to murder, 40 percent have seen someone shot, stabbed, or beaten, and 29 percent worry about not being loved. New Orleans youth experience PTSD at four times the rate of the national average. PPW understands we can cannot change these circumstances. Instead we aim to empower teachers and students alike with the tools they need to respond to the world around them effectively and peacefully. Read more about our mission and our impact here.