Giving the Gift of your Talent, Time and Treasure

"There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up." —Bernard Meltzer

Monica Breen, owner of BE NICE Yoga Studio in midtown Detroit, knows this quote to be true.  Breen, who first fell in love with yoga in 1997 in New York, is thrilled to be working as an instructor for a business that’s thriving. "Our studio is a place where people can feel at home while they unearth their true happiness, wellness, and peace. This process can be the beginning of healing for a whole community, as we believe that change starts with the individual."

Monica believes in sharing her talents, time and treasures to help uplift others  through yoga. In partnership with the Yoga by Design Foundation she is launching a 6 month yoga program for two charitable groups in Detroit that assist in lifting up those that have become homeless: Mariners Inn and the Empowerment Plan in Detroit.

Founder Lynn Medow delivering mats to Mariners Inn. Karma Yoga and Bikram Yoga Farmington Hills & Troy donated the mats

Mariners Inn” is a nonprofit agency which has been providing shelter, substance abuse treatment and transitional housing for Detroit's homeless men since 1925. Today, Mariners Inn is a leading treatment center, nationally acclaimed for its professional approach toward alleviating the problems of homelessness and

substance abuse. Mariners Inn is licensed as a residential and outpatient treatment center through the Office of Substance Abuse Services for the State of Michigan Department of Public Health and accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The Mayor's Office has cited the Inn as one of Detroit's model programs.



Coats being made by participants in the empowerment program.The Empowerment Plan” aims to help build a better life for women that have become trapped in the cycle of homelessness. The women are given jobs while in the shelter so that they can earn money, find a place to live, and gain back their independence for themselves and for their families. It is a humanitarian organization based in the city of Detroit. The plan centers around construction of a coat that transforms into a sleeping bag at night, and a bag when not in use. The coat is made by a group of homeless women who have been paid to learn and to produce the coats for those living on the streets.

To provide additional tools to help the residents focus on more than survival, Monica will provide yoga classes to participants in both program.  

Yoga offers tools and skills enabling the participants access to peace and balance amidst their daily struggles while restoring physical health and well-being.

            "No one has ever become poor by giving.”Anne Frank, Diary of Anne Frank