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The Urban Yogis are a group of dedicated yoga and meditation practitioners from the Baisley Housing Projects in South Side Jamaica, Queens -­‐ an area of NYC that is at risk to extreme gun violence. Each of the core team members have been personally affected by tragedies due to gun violence. To find a remedy to the violence and to try to effect a change, these young men and women have spent the past two years engaging in community activism, which has included learning the transformative tools of yoga and meditation. Inspired by their experiences, they have created an initiative to bring these tools to their community. They are now all teaching yoga in the New York City Public School system and inspiring other young, at risk youth to choose alternative pathways towards positivity and peace.