The Dharma Project is an Atlanta-based nonprofit that provides self-care practices to public service organizations
 

Our Mission

The Dharma Project brings self care in the form of mindfulness and yoga to communities and organizations that experience high levels of stress and/or trauma.

OUR VISION

Everyone - no matter their race, location, gender, sexual orientation, or financial state - should have access to tools and practices to care for themselves.

 
 
 
Rutu Chaudhari, The Dharma Project, Atlanta, Georgia
 
 
 

meet the executive director

Rutu Chaudhari

The Dharma Project was founded in 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia and is led by Rutu Chaudhari, who brings over 17 years of experience in teaching yoga and mindfulness. Driven by the intention to diversify the audience of people who teach and benefit from the practices of yoga and mindfulness, the Dharma Project has partnered with organizations such as Decatur Housing Authority, the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, the Stewart Center, Odyssey Counseling Center, Chris180, and Greening Youth to bring yoga to over 150 community members and leaders. In addition, in 2017, the Dharma Project has launched programs to serve police officers from 3 precincts in Atlanta and over 20 teachers across the metro Atlanta area. The Dharma Project was selected as a winner of the United Way of Greater Atlanta’s SPARK Prize and Rutu was named “Best Yoga Teacher in Atlanta” by Creative Loafing, was awarded the 2016 Civic Innovation Fellowship through the Center for Civic Innovation, and received an investment from SPANX founder Sara Blakely for her work.


MEET THE OPERATIONS GURU

ASHLEY SMITH

Ashley is the Operations Guru for Dharma Project. She has held key positions in nonprofit organizations, large and small, for over 8 years. With extensive experience working directly with virtually all functions of nonprofits, her areas of expertise include finance and accounting, human resources, program development, grants management, and board governance. Most recently, she served Wholesome Wave Georgia as Director of Finance and Operations. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance and Accounting from The College at Brockport SUNY. In May 2018, she had the privilege of participating in the Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations program presented by the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative and Harvard University's Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Along with 77 other senior executives and funders from across the globe, they explored the different ways in which performance measurement systems are created and utilized to enhance an organization's ability to deliver on its mission. Ashley also recently completed a certificate program through Cornell University on Measuring and Improving Business Performance.

Ashley has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and puts her love and appreciation for the practice into her daily work. In addition to being a dedicated yogi, Ashley is also a dancer, a wife, a mother of two, and a DIY weekend warrior.

 
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