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The Anxiety of High Standards

2022-05-17T23:50:13+00:00

The Anxiety of High Standards It was only six weeks from the time the first strange patch appeared on Melissa Holt’s scalp til she was totally bald. But even that dramatic signal didn’t stop her from pushing to meet sales targets, make money, and please clients. She just put on a wig and false eyelashes and kept going. It took a worldwide lockdown to slow Melissa down enough to examine her lifestyle.  As a successful sales rep of medical equipment, Melissa appeared to be living her dream life. Her need to achieve was a sign of anxiety. And [...]

The Anxiety of High Standards2022-05-17T23:50:13+00:00

Teaching Yoga Without Cultural Appropriation

2022-04-05T21:16:29+00:00

Teaching Yoga Without Cultural Appropriation When people talk about cultural appropriation in Yoga they often cite expensive mainstream studios where teachers are typically white, thin, cis and able-bodied. But the truth is that anyone - even a volunteer Yoga teacher in a prison or addiction recovery centre – can be guilty of culturally appropriating Yoga. So what's the best way of teaching service yoga without cultural appropriation? This article explains how Yoga Outreach prepares  our volunteer yoga teachers to address cultural appropriation in service settings, such as prisons, transition houses, and mental health and addiction recovery centres. Know the [...]

Teaching Yoga Without Cultural Appropriation2022-04-05T21:16:29+00:00

From Student to Volunteer Yoga Teacher

2022-02-08T20:48:10+00:00

in 2013, poet and artist, Alexandra R. LaFlam stayed at Pacifica Treatment Centre to overcome an addiction fuelled by grief and trauma. While there, she found the Yoga Outreach classes so helpful that she decided to train as a Yoga teacher. In 2017, LaFlam returned to Pacifica as a Yoga Outreach volunteer, sharing mindfulness practices with others recovering from addictions.   Following is an excerpt from Scattered Lights in the Darkness, LaFlam’s autobiographical book of poems about losing her father, surviving as an addict, and the first months of living sober.   Alexandra R. LaFlam's poetry about grief, addiction and recovery. [...]

From Student to Volunteer Yoga Teacher2022-02-08T20:48:10+00:00

Accessible Yoga Means Websites Too!

2022-01-28T23:24:05+00:00

We’re so excited to share that Yoga Outreach’s website is now more accessible for people with visual, cognitive, and motor impairments. Our new plugin, created by AccessiBe, uses AI (artificial intelligence) to make it easier for people to interact with our content.   How do you use the accessibility features? In the lower left corner of our website, you’ll notice an orange icon with a person symbol. If you’re visiting our site with a screen reader, your device will tell you about the icon.  Click on the icon to see a menu of profiles. You can choose: Seizure safe Visually impaired Cognitive [...]

Accessible Yoga Means Websites Too!2022-01-28T23:24:05+00:00

How Trauma Informed Yoga is Different

2022-01-13T17:46:00+00:00

If you’re a holistic Yoga teacher, you may be wondering if it’s really necessary to take a trauma informed yoga training. But until you’ve tried an entire class with only invitational language, you just can’t know how it feels. Here are a few of the beautiful reasons that trauma informed Yoga is different for students.  1. Invitational Language Feels Incredible As I mentioned above, invitational language feels incredible in the ear, and on the mind. It's as if, at every moment, someone is passing you the power to decide how you want to spend your next moment.  Trauma informed [...]

How Trauma Informed Yoga is Different2022-01-13T17:46:00+00:00

Building a Sustainable Nonprofit in Yoga Land

2021-12-14T19:55:13+00:00

In the decade that followed founder Sandra Sammartino stepping back, Yoga Outreach struggled to keep its head above water, both financially and in terms of community support. Beth Sampson, one of the early volunteers, took over as Executive Director. She was a fierce champion of its mission and vowed to build it into a sustainable nonprofit.  What was your goal for Yoga Outreach when you took it on? Beth Sampson: I wanted to bring Yoga Outreach into a wider area and build a community that placed a high value on service, standards, education, and community building. My goal was to make [...]

Building a Sustainable Nonprofit in Yoga Land2021-12-14T19:55:13+00:00

How Our Yoga NonProfit Started

2021-11-11T17:56:45+00:00

Have you ever wondered how to start a Yoga nonprofit in Canada?  25 years ago, a small, committed community of Yoga teachers wondered if they could teach Yoga in BC prisons. Today, Yoga Outreach Society, a Yoga nonprofit, is a registered charity that offers up to 1000 classes a year in prisons, mental health facilities, addiction recovery centres, and Transition Houses for women who have experienced violence. This is the story of how this influential Yoga nonprofit first started. Yoga teacher Sandra Sammartino demonstrates headstand at her Kairos Studio in the early 90s. The Inspiration In the early 90s, [...]

How Our Yoga NonProfit Started2021-11-11T17:56:45+00:00

25 Day Yoga Challenge – Live Practice & Workshop Schedules

2021-11-10T17:53:33+00:00

Creating a consistent self-care routine Did you struggle with your mental health during the pandemic lock down? Are you struggling to get back to a routine now? Here's a plan to help you get back into a good self-care routine AND help others with their self-care at the same time. 25 Day Yoga Challenge October 6 to 30, we’re running a 25 Day Yoga Challenge. We’re challenging all of us to get back into a routine by doing some form of Yoga every day. Register through this link, and we'll invite you to join a private Facebook group. It's filled with [...]

25 Day Yoga Challenge – Live Practice & Workshop Schedules2021-11-10T17:53:33+00:00

Yoga in schools, staff rooms, and community health centres

2021-02-10T20:37:10+00:00

Karen George was at a loss about how to help her client, a woman so severely depressed that she was unable to leave her house other than a weekly appointment with George in Skidegate in Haida Gwaii, BC.    “She was so guarded, her hands clenched at the arms of the couch, like she was ready to run," says the Family Art Therapist. "It was really hard to figure out what to do.”  George had tried a lot of approaches, from somatic experiencing therapy to art therapy, but nothing seemed to help. Finally, George decided to try a course on trauma-informed yoga [...]

Yoga in schools, staff rooms, and community health centres2021-02-10T20:37:10+00:00

Gifted Mantra Performer Joins Yoga Training Faculty

2021-01-12T10:06:27+00:00

For generations, Rishima Bahadoorsingh’s family has practiced meditation, mantra and kirtan as part of daily life. Sundays were for learning about yoga philosophy. The family even took multiple trips from their home in Canada to India, where they would spend several months studying together in an ashram with their spiritual guru.    From age four, Rishima was drawn to classical Indian music, kirtan, and mantra. She devoted many years to training in piano, violin, harmonium, Indian percussion, Indian vocals, and Dhrupad or Naad – the yoga of sound. Eventually, she became a talented performer and music teacher herself.    Rishima will [...]

Gifted Mantra Performer Joins Yoga Training Faculty2021-01-12T10:06:27+00:00

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