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Volunteer yoga instructors needed in Ucluelet for women and children fleeing violence

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 (August 5, 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 launching this summer 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 and benefits of 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 is currently looking for volunteer yoga instructors to provide trauma-informed yoga to women accessing Westcoast Community Resources Society .

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 health challenges.

The Yoga Outreach Core Training TM will be at the Coastal Bliss Yoga studio September 30 to October 2nd. Register before September 9th for an earlybird price of $310. Completion of the 18 hour certification provides yoga instructors with continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance and BCRPA.

If you would like to find out more please contact Delanie Dyck at or 604.385.3891, click here to read more about Reaching Out with Yoga, or register for your spot in the training here:

Media Contacts:
Delanie Dyck,
Executive Director, Yoga Outreach


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