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Delanie Dyck

Delanie Dyck - Exectuvie Director

Delanie is committed to leading Yoga Outreach into a national organization. Under her guidance YO continues to expand its reputation; as an exceptional trainer of both yoga teachers and support professionals, as an outstanding provider of yoga to people facing multiple challenges in their lives, and as a great organization to volunteer for. As a result of her personal practice she became passionate about making Yoga more accessible as a means for healing. It is her belief that Yoga is a powerful tool for change and that simply by finding oneself on the mat each of us can change the world.

Sara Bylo Nielsen

Sara Bylo (Nielsen) - Director of Communications

Sara has a diverse background in public relations, branding, visual design, and communicating for non-profit organizations. She is extremely passionate about empowering marginalized youth and adults, and, as a certified yoga instructor, knows that yoga is an incredible way to empower and connect communities. Sara is also passionate about improving access to the benefits of yoga for all people, and knows a trauma informed approach is a great way to remove barriers to access. When Sara isn't working, she can be found hiking with her dogs or honing in on a new skill.

Sarah Holmes de Castro

Sarah Holmes de Castro - Director of Programs, MA, E-RYT200, TCTSY-F, TCTSY-T.

Sarah Holmes de Castro is the Director of Programs for Yoga Outreach, working with volunteer yoga teachers and facility staff to deliver trauma-informed yoga programs and facilitating trainings for yoga teachers and health professionals. Since 2004, she has facilitated yoga programs in yoga studios, prisons, detox facilities, mental health facilities, corporate boardrooms, women’s transition houses, mothers’ support groups and more. She is also a yoga therapist, offering classes, workshops, and teacher trainings with Fine Balance Yoga, a faculty member at Ajna Yoga, and a guest instructor at Langara Continuing Studies.  

In 2010, Sarah began training in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga at the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA,  facility under the directorship of Bessel Van der Kolk. She is a certified Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F). TCTSY is an adjunct treatment for complex trauma or chronic  treatment-resistant PTSD. She is a certified Professional Yoga Therapist with Integrative Yoga Therapy, a certified Functional Yoga Therapist, and has training in Pain Care Yoga for chronic pain. Her practice is also informed by her own embodied experience as a survivor of sexual violence and exploring the cultivation of balance and vitality in the wake of trauma.

Sarah is mother of two, and loves to host workshops exploring practices from yoga that support the energy, presence & steadiness useful in parenting. She is deeply committed to widening access to the benefits yoga and committed to understanding the wider societal injustices that create disease and difficulty for so many.  


Niki Lacey, Yoga Outreach

Niki Lacey - Volunteer Coordinator

Niki is an authentic, creative professional. Niki holds a B.A. in Child and Youth Care Counselling and is also certified in Outward Pursuits (Adventure-based Counselling) with over twelve years’ experience working with complex youth and families throughout BC and Alberta. She has a passion for identifying resilience and empowering others through strength-based, introspective practices. She regularly practices yoga, mindfulness, breathe and bodywork and hopes that by introducing these healing modalities to others they too can find more balance, peace and strength from within. In addition to her work with Yoga Outreach, she also runs her own business facilitating Team Empowerment Sessions with amateur sports team in the community, focusing on mental preparation, anxiety management, and team building.

Nicole Marcia

Nicole Marcia - MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500, YACEP, TCTSY-F

Nicole Marcia has taught therapeutic yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors since 2004. She trains yoga and healthcare professionals in the trauma-informed yoga theory and techniques required to support trauma survivors in their healing, long-term stability and recovery. In 2009, she was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. She was employed by the Provincial Health Services Association at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions as a yoga therapist from 2008 - 2017. She is the Program Director for Incorporating Yoga as a Trauma-informed Practice to Enhance Drug Treatment Outcomes for Justice Involved Youth as well as a training facilitator and mentor with Yoga Outreach. She is a faculty member at Ajna Yoga and the Vancouver School of Yoga and is an instructor and project coordinator in the Langara College Continuing Studies Holistic Health Department (yoga program). She teaches at Onsite, the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site in Vancouver’s downtown east side and is a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners. 

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“It’s inspiring to watch the clients see a program through and move onto next stage, progress, become empowered, centered and strong. To be in savasana without opening their eyes, fully relaxed and still, letting go. The women have become strong before my eyes, and its amazing to be a part of..." - Volunteer Instructor, Addictions Treatment Centre.