Do you sometimes feel hopeless? Like there isn't a lot that you can personally do to change our world? What if I told you that there's something really simple you can do right now that will help to foster love, connection, and healing for our community? With a monthly financial commitment to Yoga Outreach, you can bring the power of love and compassion into some of the most challenging places and lives in our community. For as little as $15 a month, less than a drop in yoga class, you can ensure that youth and adults in prison, in alcohol and drug treatment centers, in mental health facilities, as well as women and children who have experienced violence have access to the powerful and healing practices of yoga and meditation, transforming their lives. You may never meet our students whose lives you are impacting, yet, because of your support, students like Gwen are able to attend a weekly yoga class. You may think that $15 isn't a lot of money, but when you add it up monthly, it translates into great support for our programs. $180 a year! And while you may not be able to donate $180, you can spread it out over 12 months and make an impact right now in the lives of our students who are trying hard to turn their lives around. Please will you consider becoming an "angel" for Yoga Outreach and assist us in making a difference. Yoga transforms lives. Together we make change possible.
Here's what some of our volunteers have to say about their experience with YO. Addictions Treatment Centre Volunteer ~ “It’s inspiring to watch women see a program through and move onto next stage, progress, become empowered, centered and strong. To be in savasana without opening the eyes, fully relaxed and still, letting go. The women have got strong before my eyes, and its amazing to be a part of. I love the relationship I’ve developed with them, and the whole team. Thanks YO!!!” Women's Prison Volunteer ~ “I always felt grateful for the opportunity to have even one student in class and I know that the classes were incredibly beneficial for some of the women! Some of the women shared with me the impact that the class had on their lives and I felt so thankful for the opportunity to share it with them. Despite the challenges here and there, it was an experience that is close to my heart and I feel ever grateful to have had the opportunity to spend time with those women in that way. Thank you!” Mental Health Agency Volunteer ~ "Overall, this has been a great experience for both the clients and me. I have learned a lot about my own teaching and yoga as therapy and look forward to learning more."
Interested in having a yoga program at your facility? Do you serve clients who are deemed marginalized, vulnerable, or at-risk? For nearly 20 years Yoga Outreach has been partnering with facilities to support yoga programing. We recruit, screen, train, and support volunteer yoga instructors in these settings. Having a YO supported yoga program ensures relevancy, continuity, and safety for your clients. Our volunteers complete our 18 hour training and a practicum session with our qualified staff prior to placement in any Service Yoga setting. In addition to specific yoga teaching techniques, our training also discusses best practices for various Service Yoga settings, and an introduction to the challenges clients may be facing. We also provide ongoing support to volunteers and facility staff to maintain the highest quality yoga programs for your clients.