Ali Smith co-founded the Holistic Life Foundation in 2001, where he currently serves as Executive Director. A native of Baltimore, Maryland and graduate of the Friends School of Baltimore and the University of Maryland, College Park, Smith received a BS in Environmental Science and Policy with a Biodiversity specialization and has over 15 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to diverse populations. Through his work at the Holistic Life Foundation, he helped develop and pilot yoga and mindfulness programs at public and private schools, drug treatment centers, juvenile detention centers, mental crisis facilities, and retreat centers, nationally and internationally.
February 25th, 2019 | 39 mins 41 secs
"Personally in ten years I see mindfulness implemented in every aspect of life -- whether it's school -- like a school will have like a mindful moment at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day and have alternative suspension rooms where kids de-escalate themselves. It would be cool if you know every business started their day off with the practice. I'm not saying that it's definitely going to get there, but you know I can have high hopes and be optimistic."
April 23rd, 2018 | 49 mins 14 secs
holistic life foundation, meditation, public schools, yoga
The Holistic Life Foundation is a Baltimore-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities. Through a comprehensive approach which helps children develop their inner lives through yoga, mindfulness, and self-care HLF demonstrates a deep commitment to learning, community, and stewardship of the environment. HLF is also committed to developing high-quality evidence-based programs and curriculum to improve community well-being. Listen as we discuss the Foundation and Naropa with its founders.