Photos and Story by Miranda McDonald
A Program That’s Giving Back
Micah Cargin has been practicing yoga for
himself for almost a decade. However, with the
launch of his youth program, Humble Warrior,
he will be using his knowledge of this practice
to give back to the local community.
“I always knew I wanted to give back to the
community in some way. Giving back to those
in need is something my family engrained in me
from an early age,” states Cargin as he unrolls his
yoga mat onto the wooden floor at KMAC. We are
at the local museum to talk about the launch of
Humble Warrior, and to photograph him practicing
yoga in the beautiful space.
Humble Warrior is a program that will work with
community centers and organizations to introduce
youth in economically-depressed areas to yoga.
It will do this by creating a network of certified
yoga teachers with diverse backgrounds that
will serves as mentors to these children. Cargin
believes the diversity of this network is key to the
success of the program.
“Being a black male who practices yoga, I
believe I have a unique voice that can make a
real impact in urban areas and the parts of town
that many yoga studios may not ever think to host
classes in. Most of the yoga studios are clustered
in certain areas, because that is where the current
interest is. However, many of the people in living
in these places have never even been exposed to
yoga,” explains Cargin.
Cargin believes introducing yoga to local youth
in these urban areas is important, because yoga
is not solely a physical activity. It also teaches
mindfulness and awareness.
“Yoga has helped me be more aware of my
inner thoughts and emotions, and has also helped
me with how I process them. Practicing can give
these kids another outlet for processing their
Humble Warrior will first launch as a pilot program with a yoga
initiative this year, but Cargin won’t stop there. Over the next few
years the philanthropist plans to grow Humble Warrior into an
organization that hosts teacher trainings for those wishing to open
their own practice. Cargin also plans to use Humble Warrior as a
program that exposes impoverished youth to a variety of outlets
centered around the arts that may not otherwise be available to them.
This very idea that every child deserves access to a variety of
mediums that allow them to positively express themselves and
improve their situation is one that keeps Cargin moving forward
in his journey to turn Humble Warrior into a program that will
eventually spread to other cities across the country.
“I hope we can inspire these kids to try something different
by giving them the opportunity and tools they need to do so.
We want them to learn to be comfortable with the idea of being
Humble Warrior Contact Info:
(*Micah is in the middle of launching this, so his site is still under
construction. However, he will have this completely up and
verified before this hits the shelves.)