Our mission is to expand access to trauma-informed yoga programs to heal and connect communities
What is a trauma informed Approach?
A trauma-informed approach is designed to create a safe and healing environment that inspires and empowers participants to reconnect with their body (a key element in trauma recovery). At Yoga Outreach we do this through offering yoga programs that are choice-based, incorporate a no-touch & no-assist approach, and use language that is invitational, gender neutral, and non-violent.
"Yoga is the most important piece of my recovery and the best addition to my life for personal holistic health and spirituality. What I am trying to say is that I was introduced to yoga in treatment (Pacifica Treatment Centre), and it's the best gift I have had. It helped save my life. Much love and best of luck! :)" Student ~ Pacifica Treatment Centre
“All of our members have lost their jobs. With this diagnosis, you can't work, you lose your drivers’ license as the disease progresses. You lose your friends because they don’t know how to talk to you because you have short term memory loss, because they just feel awkward. The person becomes socially isolated...But the thing that is most important to us and what we’ve noticed the most after yoga especially is just the mood improvement. How much more alert people are..." Chelsea Redburn ~ Paul's Club
“Completely inspiring and engaging. I can’t wait to start incorporating what I’ve learned, even in classes not necessarily trauma-oriented.” Yoga Outreach Core Training™ participant
On Using Yoga in Your Work™ “It can support the staff in the difficult work they do. Because of the horrible things they hear and sometimes witness, they can experience the trauma vicariously themselves. It shows up for staff in different ways, but if it’s not addressed early it can become chronic and stays with them.” Pany Aghili ~ Dixon Transition Society
“Teaching at Pacifica has been a great experience! It is always both humbling and energizing, and I learn so much about myself and teaching." Yoga Outreach Volunteer