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12-07-13 Co-Host Nicholas Lowinger: I was inspired to start Gotta Have Sole Foundation because at a very young age I saw children in homeless shelters in Rhode Island who didn’t have shoes or had shoes that were used and falling apart.  Some had to share footwear with a family member and missed school because it wasn’t their turn to wear the shoes that day, and others had sores on their feet from wearing shoes that didn’t fit them properly.  I was devastated by this and wanted to help the children however I could.  I started donating my gently used clothing and footwear but often didn’t have the correct sizes for the children.  I knew that the only shoes that would fit them best would be new, correctly sized ones and hoped someday I would be able to donate these. http://www.gottahavesole.org/ghs/

Mary Kaye Chryssicas graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in human development. After living the corporate fast track in Boston as an advertising director for several magazines, she decided to write books and teach children yoga. Mary Kaye discovered the transforming effects of yoga in 1995 and was quickly inspired. She has studied ashtanga, kundalini, hatha, iyengar and anusara yoga for many years. She has trained with Dharma Mittra, Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, Rolfe Gates, Jill Miller, Desiree Rumbaugh, Seane Corn, Adam Nguyen, Bryan Kest, Leslie Kaminoff, and many more. Mary Kaye completed several levels of teacher training through the Radiant Child Yoga Program taught by Shakta Kaur Khalsa. She has spent over 15 years teaching and coaching children in various sport and yoga programs, including girls lacrosse. Mary Kaye is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. http://www.buddhafulkids.com/

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