In early 2017, we made the decision that Shine Kids Fitness would support the Charity “Mats for Metta” in all of the communities that we serve.
Mats for Metta is a program created by our co-founder, and founder of oranj fitness Sheila Chutskoff. Sheila founded Mats for Metta in 2014, in an effort to make yoga more accessible to her community – school students in particular.
Metta is a Buddhist term for kindness. The full definition includes qualities like: loving kindness, friendship, goodwill, compassion for all things and non-violence. It embodies the idea of pure compassion, without expectations or judgement.
Proceeds raised by Mats for Metta go directly back to the community in such ways as yoga mats for schools, yoga instructors for schools & DANCEPL3Y School programs. Since inception, Mats for Metta has proudly donated over $64,000 worth of yoga mats and props to schools in our local communities.
Shine Kids Fitness is proud to support the efforts of Mats for Metta as we are super passionate about creating affordable, quality kids programming in all of our communities. We love running by-donation classes and being a part of oranj’s annual Largest Outdoor Yoga Class where all proceeds go towards this amazing charity initiative.