About Us

Our Mission

Perceptions Yoga, Mindfulness and Art is a nonprofit organization that provides underserved populations, including our local community of Jennings County, Indiana, with the opportunity to pursue wellness, self-care, wholeness, and healing through the practices of trauma sensitive yoga, mindfulness and art.

Our Purpose

Perceptions Yoga, Mindfulness & Art, Inc. is a non profit corporation based in North Vernon, Indiana and is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Perceptions Yoga, Mindfulness and Art provides underserved populations, including our local community members, with the opportunity to pursue wellness, self-care, wholeness, and healing through the practices of trauma sensitive yoga, mindfulness and art. This includes the provision of low or no cost instruction, experiences, and/or consultation in yoga, mindfulness and/or art. This instruction may be in the form of group or individual classes.

The specific objectives and purpose of this organization shall be:

  1. to provide yoga and mindfulness instruction to underserved populations in the form of group or individualized classes and/or workshops.

  2. to provide instructors and equipment to participants to engage in yoga, mindfulness, and art experiences.

  3. to provide opportunities for participants to engage in yoga, mindfulness, and art space experiences and trainings.

  4. to sponsor, host and/or participate in events and activities that promote yoga, mindfulness and art.

  5. To offer consultation to individuals or organizations in the areas of yoga, mindfulness, and/or art.

Our Leadership

Karen Chilman, a lifelong resident of Jennings County, completed her 200 hour RYT training through YogaFit Teacher Training last September and her 140 Hours Warriors certification in trauma sensitive yoga in 2019. She recently completed her 100 hour certification in yoga for women's health and a 100 hour certification in yoga for childhood trauma. She has been practicing yoga for over 25 years. She has four certifications in mindfulness teacher training through MindfulSchools.org and in addition to teaching high school art, owns and operates Swirlz Art Studio in Commiskey, Indiana. She currently serves as Lead Instructor and Vice President of Perceptions Yoga, Mindfulness & Art.


Charlinda Evans is president and co-founder of Perceptions Yoga, Mindfulness & Art, Inc., a nonprofit in Vernon, Indiana. She is a certified yoga instructor with 140 hours of training in trauma sensitive yoga for adults and 100 hours of training in trauma informed yoga for children. She recently completed 100 hours of training in yoga for women's health. She is a full time middle school media teacher and former high school social studies teacher, recently completing her 28th year in public education. She has earned four certifications from MindfulSchools.org and also served as one of the sponsors for the school's Hope Squad, a suicide prevention group. She is the current coordinator of the Jennings County Drug and Alcohol Task Force and former president of the JC Women’s Giving Circle.

Our Story

Formed in the summer of 2018, we are an organization with leadership experience, expertise, and passion. Our board, composed of seven like-minded women, has more than 100 years of experience teaching, working in public schools, or serving in the public sector. We have master’s degrees in areas such as art education, instructional systems technology, physical education, and business. Our instructors are certified 200 hour RYT with 140 hour certifications in trauma sensitive yoga, 100 hours certifications in trauma sensitive yoga for children, and 150 hours of mindfulness training, including MBSR. We are makers of positive change in our community, and as individuals have promoted art, mindfulness, education, and a sense of community for decades. In 2018, we realized that to make the greatest impact, we needed to formalize our efforts and create a nonprofit entity that would umbrella our passions. We are believers that “we must be the change that we want to see in the world.”

Executive/Creative Director - Karen Chilman (karenchilman@perceptionsyoga.org)

Our Board of Directors

The affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall have control of and be responsible for the management of the affairs and property of the Corporation. There are currently six members serving on the board as of June 2018.

Current Officers & Contact Information

Other Board Members:

  • Bailee Taylor

  • Roberta Mayer

  • Amber Fields