February 2018 
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DPI Health and Wellness:
An Activity for the Mind, Body, and Sprit

Developing Potential incorporates yoga into our yearly health and wellness programming. We are fortunate to have Leslie Lynn, yoga instructor, come to each location twice a month. Staff also include yoga techniques on a daily/weekly basis for additional benefits. This is one of the many ways we focus on a holistic approach to health and wellness.

Individuals served have reported amazing results from the practice of yoga.  One individual had been taking swim lessons for more than 15 years and had never used both her arms and legs when swimming.  Shortly after beginning yoga at DPI, she began to be able to use both at once.  Yoga can help produce additional connections between the brain and muscle groups, making this kind of progress achievable.  

Another individual reported greater mobility in his home, eliminating the use of a stool to boost him into his bed at night. "It really pleases us to hear about the concrete examples of the impacts of yoga on those we serve," says Rebecca Case, DPI Executive Director.

Yoga's approach to wellness focuses on your body's natural tendency toward health and self-healing. According to Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician, "the purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body."

There are more than 100 different types of yoga, most sessions typically include breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming postures (sometimes called poses) that stretch and flex various muscle groups.

Physical Benefits of Yog a:
  • Increase flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism
  • Weight reduction
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Injury protection
Mental Benefits of Yoga:
  • Manage stress
  • Improved sleep
  • Concentration
  • Coping skills
  • More positive outlook on life
  • Calmness
  • Body awareness
For more information from the National Institutes of Health through the US Dept of Health and Human Services, click here.

Source: American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
DPI Advocacy Update:

Disability Rights Legislative Day
Tuesday, March 13
Please join DPI!
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And... we want to help you prepare
for Legislative Day!
Mark your calendars and plan to attend

Advocacy Workshop
Monday, March 5
DPI Independence

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DPI in the Community
Monthly Giving Program
Want to spread your donations to Developing Potential 
out  through the year?

You can easily enroll in our monthly giving program 
using a credit or debit card. 

Contact us at acox@developingpotential.org or 
816.525.6000 ext. 107 for more information!

It's a great way to provide support and help DPI with 
our annual budgeting!
DPI Employment Connections:
Quarterly Gatherings
Build Connections and Skills
DPI hosts quarterly gatherings of the individuals in our DPI Employment Connections program.  These gatherings serve as an opportunity for the individuals, who are all working in the community at their respective jobs, to get to know one another.  Individuals and staff are able to share information about jobs, discuss topics related to employment and have fun together!

Some of the quarterly gatherings include individuals on our wait list for services, as well.  This gives the individuals an opportunity to get to know others in their community as well as learn more about opportunities that can become available to them.  

Speakers and topics that help our individuals grow on their career path are planned for 2018.  "We really love seeing the individuals come together to learn from one another and to share their accomplishments.  Having individuals serve in mentor roles with one another is empowering," says Lori Oxborough, DPI Employment Connections Supervisor.  

For more information on DPI Employment Connections 
contact Lori Oxborough at loxborough@developingpotential.org 
or 816.525.6000 ext.112.
Thank you to the following for donations 
January 2018:

Patti Allison
Bolero Spa
Gerald Bradford
Vicki and Dennis Bullard
Jeff and Rebecca Case
Brian and Carol Crawford
The John C. Griswold Family Foundation
Laurie Hathman
Richard and Denise Hill
Marcela Holder
Kansas City Bier Company
Kansas City T-Bones
Nick and Jake's
Dale and Deb Parson
Talk of the Town Bar and Grill
Ed and Charlotte VanHaele
Frances Williams

Thank you to Panera Bread for their weekly donations.

Direct Support Professional positions available at DPI's
Independence, Lee's Summit and Kansas City locations.

Click here for job description, requirements and more information.
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