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Volunteer Yoga Teachers Needed for Women and Children in Burnaby, Ucluelet, Kititmat and Revelstoke Transition Houses

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Yoga Outreach and the BC Society of Transition Houses are launching a project that will provide trauma-informed yoga programming for women and children in Transition and Second Stage Houses across BC.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (April 20, 2016) - On average, every six days a woman is killed by her intimate partner in Canada.

"Transition and Second Stage housing services across our province are the critical safety net for women fleeing violent relationships," says Joanne Baker, BC Society of Transition Houses Acting Executive Director.

The experience of violence from an intimate partner is now widely understood as having the potential to cause trauma.The practice of yoga, and in particular trauma-informed yoga, is increasingly being recognized as a valuable practice in supporting the recovery of those who have experienced such violence..

Reaching Out With Yoga, a research project led by the BC Society of Transition Houses in partnership with Yoga Outreach , funded by the Public Health Authority of Canada, will explore the impact of trauma-informed yoga on the health and well-being of women and children who have experienced violence and are currently accessing Transition Houses across BC.

The project is set to launch this June within four BC Transition House locations including Burnaby, Ucluelet, Kitimat, and Revelstoke, and will reach 16 transition houses in total across five years.

"This project is a huge step towards our goal of removing the barriers of access to yoga for our most vulnerable community members" says Delanie Dyck, Yoga Outreach's Executive Director.

Yoga Outreach is a non-profit that has been providing weekly trauma-informed yoga within mental health programs, addictions recovery centres, prisons, Transition Houses, youth centres, and other social service centres across the Lower Mainland, since 1996.

Yoga Outreach has been providing weekly yoga programs within the Burnaby Youth Custody Centre since 1998, and teens have responded positively. 

“It makes me feel good about myself and puts me in a calmer state so I can think clearly."

Which is exactly what the Reaching Out with Yoga project aims to achieve for women and children fleeing violence.

Yoga Outreach is currently looking for volunteer yoga instructors to provide yoga classes within these four Transition Houses. Volunteers are required to complete Yoga Outreach's Core Training TM, an 18 hour training that will empower qualified yoga teachers with the skills to build trauma-informed yoga classes for individuals facing multiple barriers, including domestic violence, PTSD, addictions, incarceration, and mental illness.


If you would like to find out more about volunteering CLICK HERE.

Media Contacts:

Delanie Dyck,
Executive Director, Yoga Outreach

Joanne Baker
ActingExecutive Director, BC Society of Transition Houses
604.669.6943 ext: 226 


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