THE "I AM" PROJECT
A Safe Space to breathe, move, feel, and create...
Yali Szulanski is a mother, teacher, writer, spiritual educator, writer and life-long learner. She is the Youth Director at The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. Yali’s vision is to create robust, engaging, inclusive, and evolving spaces for people going through life’s big and little changes. Yali received her Masters in Psychology and Education from Teachers’ College, Columbia University, and is currently enrolled in Yeshivat Maharat’s Core Semicha program. She is the founder of The "I Am" Project through which students integrate contemplative and mind-body-spirit practices into their classrooms and lives in accessible and practical ways. As a survivor of trauma and in recovery from an eating disorder now for 10 years, Yali has used her struggles and healing to inform her studies and work. Her personal experiences enable her to speak and teach with compassion and understanding. Yali creates spaces in which people can safely explore their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Yali works with groups in the classroom, runs workshops for parents and teachers, and works with people of all ages and origins.
What We Provide
The "I Am" Project workshops are designed to meet the ever changing needs of children, and we believe that incorporating breathing, movement, creative expression, and reflection into the classroom enhances each child's ability to thrive.
ONE ON ONE SESSIONS
In keeping with The "I Am" Project philosophy, Yali offers safe spaces for kids, teens, and adults to process the stressors of daily life, as well as larger overarching shifts. Depending on your need, each class can offer breathing techniques, anxiety reduction tools, movement, and creative expression.
The "I Am" Project offers weekly content in the form of blog posts, guiding videos, exercise variations, creative reflection ideas, journals, discussions, interviews with experts in various wellness fields...and more!
Yali worked with my daughter weekly, focusing on meditation, spirituality, journaling and cognitive training. She gave my daughter many tools to work with to help her through this. This year, my child has not exhibited these daily challenges. She has the tools to talk herself through difficult moments, the understanding from a wider perspective and the confidence that she can get through it.