Breathing love into communities | Holistic Life Foundation | TEDxCharlottesville

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Mindfulness Programs

Holistic Life Foundation – Baltimore-based organization committed to nurturing wellness in underserved communities through yoga and mindfulness practices. Ali Smith learned yoga and meditation from his parents, and by visiting ashrams as a child. He has over 12 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to diverse populations. He has helped develop and pilot yoga and mindfulness programs with at-risk youth at drug treatment centers, mental crisis facilities, and in many other underserved communities around the world.
Atman Smith is a native of Baltimore, MD who’s parents were yogis that taught him contemplative practices as a very young child. For the past twelve years he has been teaching yoga and mindfulness to a diverse population.
Andres Gonzalez has been practicing and teaching yoga for the past 12 years to diverse populations. For the past three years, he has partnered with the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health and Penn State’s Prevention Research Center on a federally funded yoga and mindfulness based study involving urban youth.

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  1. Sharelle Allen on October 23, 2020 at 6:53 am

    What should be taught in classroom all over this country. #fundamentallifeskill   #onebreatheatatime

  2. Faith Taitague on October 23, 2020 at 6:55 am

    This TED talk actually made me tear up…so precious

  3. EMMA PATTERSON on October 23, 2020 at 6:55 am

    this really helped thank u

  4. yakmanok on October 23, 2020 at 6:55 am

    This shows that anybody can benefit from meditation. You do not have to be a buddhist. You will benefit even more if you learn vipassina meditation and philosophy behind.

  5. Merrell Swan on October 23, 2020 at 6:55 am

    You guys are awesome! You are on the right track! What the schools are teaching kids today is how to solve their problems with revenge, and violence. The very thing the the schools do to the kids is the very same thing they don’t want the kids to be or do. Schools don’t want kids to be vengeful and violent. But to a kids mind punishment = revenge. Being Paddled by a teacher or the principle = solve your disagreements/problems with violence. I’m wondering how do you deal with religious parents who believe yoga and meditation is evil, from the devil?

  6. Starts With Me [Mental Health] on October 23, 2020 at 6:56 am

    These guys are absolute legends. Love it! ps. I love you

  7. Hannu Koistinen on October 23, 2020 at 6:56 am


  8. Martina Libby on October 23, 2020 at 6:57 am

    Love the work your doing !  Pure inspiration!

  9. Marilyn Spenadel on October 23, 2020 at 6:58 am

    Love this video and your movement! So beautiful and wonderful to see students connecting to the bigger picture and helping others do the same. I just found you all and will refer you to every group I know of in Baltimore that you could use your help. I have been spreading mind/body and spiritual education, counseling, connection, light and energy, in Rockville, MD to help make the universal light so much stronger and brighter. I didn’t even know about your group as I’ve been teaching students, therapists, nurses, and clients the power of love, compassion, validation, mindfulness, living with ease, and within one’s authentic-energy and space. Getting out of one’s head and spending time in one’s heart daily when deep breathing is definitely the answer to universal peace and oneness. Deep breathing slowly, becoming aware of our awareness within, gets people more mindfully connected to themselves, others and the bigger picture to help the greater good, right? Come visit me at Marilyn, AUTHENTICALLY U! on FB. I’m on your page too and totally inspired by your group!! <3 <3

  10. Monica D. Callender on October 23, 2020 at 6:58 am


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  12. Parker Mitchell on October 23, 2020 at 7:01 am

    2:07 daaaammnnn

  13. Brionna Warren on October 23, 2020 at 7:08 am

    This touched me deeply. Definitely my favorite Ted Talks. I am so excited to begin a journey of meditation and mindfulness. Beautiful. I love these guys. These are the kids that are usually forgotten. I hope a movement begins. This is awesome.

  14. drCasey555 on October 23, 2020 at 7:10 am

    these guys are doing a great thing, good for them ^^

  15. Gerard Hay on October 23, 2020 at 7:11 am

    Scarce neighborhoods are war zones… we are raising warriors expecting kids

  16. Dustin Billon on October 23, 2020 at 7:12 am

    Thank you for this video. I discovered the power of mindfulness myself a couple years ago and would love for it to be taught in every school! I’d like to add French subtitles to this video share it in France. Could you please turn on community contributions so I can do so? Thanks a lot!

    • bmartinez on October 23, 2020 at 10:31 pm

      yes, We will

  17. Lilia Grimaldi on October 23, 2020 at 7:13 am


  18. Mandy Robertson on October 23, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Thanks so much, We really appreciate your comment, We have more contend at

  19. Peace Your Puzzle on October 23, 2020 at 7:19 am

    this is just amazing!!!!

  20. Joseph Agwanda on October 23, 2020 at 7:23 am

    One of the best TED Talks I’ve seen

  21. Jnyptn on October 23, 2020 at 7:26 am

    This is so inspiring! I wish this would go viral!!

  22. Margherita Ricupero on October 23, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Awesome work!

  23. Visharad Moktan on October 23, 2020 at 7:33 am

    This was such an empowering TED talk. Their amazing work is building better individuals, better students, better parents, and better communities.

  24. Maya Shakur on October 23, 2020 at 7:38 am

    Y’all are so inspiring. We need this! I used to be a school nurse and have always thought it would
    Be dope if I could teach and parents Mindfulness and yoga. I’ve been feeling a calling to get my yoga teacher training certification. Could you tell me where I can learn more about your program or some of research behind your movement?

  25. Tracie Rezzelle on October 23, 2020 at 7:41 am

    You are an inspiration! I love everything about this!

  26. Feonia Chambers on October 23, 2020 at 7:46 am

    I love it. The boy cracks me up. Great little leader

  27. A. Bentley on October 23, 2020 at 7:48 am

    I Love these guys! They are way better yoga teachers than I am. This is what it is all about. Great Job! Please keep it up!
    Much Love and Respect to you.

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