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November 21, 2014


November 12, 2014
Contact: Elisha Simpson, 914-319-4010


CROTON ON HUDSON, NY: Help kickoff the initial fundraiser on for The Crossover Yoga Project – a progressive new yoga and art program targeting at-risk teen girls, providing tools to rehabilitate from trauma and support them towards making positive life choices.

Piloting the program at the Pleasantville Cottages, The Crossover Yoga Project utilizes an evidence-informed curriculum from their affiliate the Art of Yoga Project in California, that intervenes meaningfully in the girls lives, providing them rehabilitative services at a time when they are capable of change. The Crossover Yoga Project Founder Elisha Simpson, brings this curriculum to Westchester with the goals of bringing a unique rehabilitative service to the juvenile justice system and getting girls on the right track.

“The cycle of justice is broken and must be changed,” thundered Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State in his keynote speech at the Raise the Age program, sponsored by the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester at the Jay Heritage Center in Rye. “We need a system that is focused on rehabilitation, and getting children back on the right track, that offers supervision, mental health treatment, remedial education and other services and programs.” Additionally, he stated the importance of “getting to the root of the child’s conduct,” and that, “(we) have a unique opportunity to provide rehabilitative services at a time when individuals are much more capable of change.”

The Crossover Yoga Project gets to the root of the problem with their curriculum, as documented in research findings by the San Jose Justice Studies Department, stating that at least 80% of girls participating in the program consistently report improvements in interpersonal skills, pro-social behavior, and emotional regulation outside of class. Through yoga, art therapy, meditation, character development and health education, The Crossover Yoga Project reaches the foundation of the family – the mother, the sister who are broken, rehabilitating them, healing them and guiding them towards gaining self control, self awareness and self respect for themselves.

The Crossover Yoga Project is at the ground level, working towards legalizing as a nonprofit, and expanding its reach be recognized by Cuomo’s Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice, the The Adolescent Diversion Program, and part of the procedures of family and criminal court.

Support The Crossover Yoga Project now at or place the link in your browser. Help us expand our outreach to Westchester and beyond. For more information, contact Elisha Simpson at 914-319-4010 or


Elisha Simpson, Founder & Project Director also known as laughing heart yoga, believes that every child can empower themselves from within through creative movement and arts. The Crossover Yoga Project was born to guide girls towards resilience, heal from their past trauma, feel alive in the present moment and to make positive choices. Elisha is a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher, Registered Yoga Teacher 200hour, certified with Yoga Alliance and has been trained in Kids, Hatha & Prenatal yoga. To see more about Elisha, visit

Susannah Johnston, Director of Development is a certified Prana & Kundalini yoga instructor for the past 15 years. A graduate of Cornell University’s Hotel School, she has 20 years of management, customer service and organizational expertise as an event planner, caterer, small business owner, and restaurant manager. As a fundraiser, she raised over $250,000 for the Croton-Harmon Education Foundation’s annual fundraising gala, and has made her mark. Susannah’s inspiration to work with at-risk teenagers, particularly girls, comes from a deep conviction that everyone has the capacity to tap into their inner resources and find strength and motivation to overcome hardships, fulfilling their life’s purpose.

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