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Hands in a jail cell

Yoga Outreach has received funding from the Department of Justice Canada for a two year pilot project incorporating trauma-informed yoga in to drug treatment for justice invloved youth!

Our project will develop, pilot, and evaluate the efficacy of trauma-informed yoga (TIY) programming, in conjunction with other drug treatment programs for justice involved youth, in enhancing health outcomes, ability to self-regulate, and impulse control/relapse in the short term. Our project will also deliver and evaluate training to support staff at the partner agencies in using yoga based tools in their...

Nicole Marcia

Holding Space is a series of professional development workshops for yoga teachers created by Nicole Marcia offered in partnership with Yoga Outreach. One of the benefits of working with Yoga Outreach is having access to a community of other teachers who are working in similar settings and often face the same challenges. Over the last several years we have noticed that the same is not true for yoga teachers working in other settings. Just because we teach in a studio does not mean we won't face challenges or feel the need to discuss circumstances that arise in our classes. Most teacher...

At-risk Youth Male



Yoga Outreach has been providing trauma-informed yoga classes to justice-involved and at-risk youth for 18 years.

Based on the empirical studies that have established trauma-informed yoga as an evidence-based treatment intervention, and the observations of Yoga Outreach teachers, Yoga Outreach submitted a proposal to the Department of Justice to examine the efficacy of trauma-based yoga, and similar mindfulness-based stress reduction programs, as a promising adjunctive treatment intervention for justice involved youth receiving treatment for substance use disorders.

This study examines...

We are super thrilled to have an interview with our ROWY program partner! Dr. Joanne baker, Executive Director fro the BC Society of Transition Houses discusses the research aspects of this project bring yoga to women and children fleeing violence in BC.

Listen HERE

For more information please visit BC Society of Transition Houses 

Yoga Outreach and BC Society of Transition Houses launching 5-year  research project called "Reaching Out with Yoga"  funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada that will provide trauma-sensitive yoga programming for women and children in transition houses across BC.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (March 30, 2016) - Domestic violence affects many women and children in BC. Programs that complement Transition House services, such as Reaching Out With Yoga, are an important part of supporting families as they leave their lives behind, and try to start over.

Yoga Outreach is non-profit that has been...

Catherine Talbot, Executive Director BCSTH, The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, Delanie Dyck, Executive Director Yoga Outreach

On Monday I had the pleasure of attending a press conference in Toronto with the Honorable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health. The press conference was announcing a 5 year Public Health Agency of Canada funded colloboration between Yoga Outreach and BC Society of Transition Houses.

The project Reaching out with Yoga: Trauma-informed Yoga for Women and Children in Shelters, led by the British Columbia Society of Transition Houses in partnership with Yoga Outreach, will deliver and test trauma-informed yoga programs in 24 women’s shelters and transition houses across BC.  The program will promote...


A couple of weeks ago I started to write a series of blog posts inspired by Dan Pallotta’s TED Talk “The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong”. Apologies for the delay in this, the second instalment, about the role of the Executive Director. Enjoy!

Now for the fun stuff; What do I do? The Executive Director’s salary takes up a big chunk of the money YO brings in. “Hey! That means it’s not going to program delivery!” you might say. “Those are ‘administrative or operating costs’! My donation isn’t helping the needy!”

Administrative or operating costs are not bad, charities can’t operate...

Last week I watched Dan Pallotta’s TED Talk “The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong”. I was barely 5 minutes into it when I was inspired to begin the blog post you are about to read. Here’s what I wanted to do: give people a snapshot of some of the aspects of operating Yoga Outreach. We have a lot of really wonderful supporters who give regularly in support of what we do but to be honest it’s not enough and I am often faced with difficult choices about how to allocate precious time and energy to meet needs that continually outstrip our resources.

If you haven’t seen it here’s a link


Last year YO started offering classes at Paul’s Club and it’s been such a great program, we’d like to tell you about it!

Paul’s Club is a social and recreational day program in Vancouver developed to cater to the specific needs of those living with Early Onset Dementia. For men and women diagnosed or experiencing symptoms
before the age of 65, Paul’s Club is the first program of its kind in Vancouver. The Club is a safe environment, both physically and emotionally. It has a warm, welcoming atmosphere and is designed to be fun.

Yoga at Paul’s Club: The response to theseclasses from students has...

enjoying the sun

“Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.”  ~Brene Brown


You may have noticed that we have started advertising our annual May Retreat recently. This is the 14th year that YO has hosted the retreat and each year we say “this will be the last year”, until the actual retreat rolls around. It’s such a wonderful experience. People are so thrilled. It becomes a ridiculous love fest… not in a cheesy or...

Broadway Youth Centre
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 programming. We recruit, screen, train, and support volunteer yoga instructors in these settings.