Creative Mindz Yoga is a grassroots company born in Brooklyn but its path began many years before its birth in 2012. Rochelle White found Yoga in her early twenties when she was working as a Psycho-Therapist in Reading Pennsylvania. Just out of school, she began to witness immense trauma through the cognitive behavior therapy she offered in the Psychiatric office she worked in. Additionally, the office used massive amounts of medication for patients, something that she did not feel was healthy or necessary for many of the clients’ medicine was prescribed to. She understood some patients needed help to break cycles of behavior and addiction, not just drug addiction but addiction to doing things they way they always had, much of which led them to a depressed and anxious state of mind. Other patients needed tangible help, things like access to resources, services, financial assistance, and housing. There was also a correlation between physical health and mental health. Diet, exercise, and meditation were missing from most of my patients’ daily activity.
IN MY OWN WORDS
Self-study and research which superceeded my formal behavioral health education in terms of finding solutions to help the beautiful people sitting in front of me. I empathized with the people sitting in my office and wanted to do anything to help them obtain relief. I sympathized so much that I started to become burnt out and depressed. Growing up I had a crazy childhood and lived in households that lacked primary resources and necessities. Though I understood why people did not have time to exercise or money to eat right, I felt it was due to a lack of education. Misery and poverty also bread more misery and company in my humanistic opinion. It is hard to get out of a rut, and by this point, in my young career, I was in one myself trying to lead others out of there own.
One day I discovered YOGA… yes, I heard of it and even made a bit of fun of it as a teenager. It was a Rodney Yee episode where he was doing stretching exercises on the floor. In fact, I was so depressed the only thing I was capable of was dragging my limbs to the floor on a towel because I had no mat. That practice will forever be in my mind. I felt relief, not a lot but between my back problems and depression, a little bit of peace proceeded my day. As I practiced daily eventually, I moved to a nature trail which I was blessed to have within walking distance from my home. For almost two years, minus cold winters, nature became my healer, all the way up until moving to New York.
During my time as a therapist, the techniques and peace I learned I choose to share with my clients in the office. Of course, having a clear mind also helped in making decisions to help them even more. A sharp mind is a beautiful tool. Of course the more peace, the more I chose to educate myself and eventually learn that being a therapist was not for me, not conventionally anyway.
Loving to help people is a passion. Understanding how to help people who need the services and resources the most took a little thought but eventually and naturally Creative Mindz Yoga was birthed as a way to access more people in places where life takes them already. Many of our classes are free to the participant. Typically the organization carries the cost for their clients or members. This makes the services accessible. We work with all populations of people because I truly believe all people are human and must take care of their mind, body, soul, and spirit otherwise there will be consequences around the corner.
I also believe that entrepreneurship is empowerment. I am a single mother of a teenager. Times were very rough, but this is why I am able to manage our services efficiently and are gracious to have the ability to touch the hearts and minds of so many people. Additionally, the teachers who come onboard are genuine and honestly love what they do. Creative Mindz Yoga would not be what it is without them.
Lastly, I also found another way to help educate people through filmmaking! Yoga, in fact, pointed me to a video camera in the first place. I believe Yoga is a God-given tool given to some people to find themselves and thus why it is a lifelong practice. Social justice and advocacy is something many Yogi find themselves engaging in. In my case, my consciousness grew. www.mindzproductions.com is a link to some of my work. Just as Creative Mindz Yoga grows, so does Mindz Productions both regarding working with people, helping others find their passion, and heal through education, commitment, and change.