Trauma Informed Yoga Programs
Every year Yoga Outreach delivers over 800 yoga classes to social service agencies and facility partners across the province of British Columbia. All our programs are led by an incredible team of qualified, volunteer yoga teachers who have been trained by Yoga Outreach in trauma-informed yoga.
Our weekly yoga programs give people a safe space to reconnect with and feel safe within their bodies (a key element in trauma recovery), while also re-establishing a sense of social safety by participating in group classes within facilities they are already accessing services in.
Our programs provide participants with choice, a sense of community connection, and tools to draw from to self-regulate and manage daily circumstances.
Yoga Outreach program participants learn and practice techniques to cultivate safe and compassionate relationships with their bodies to support them in their journey of recovery in diverse settings.
In addition to partnering with facilities to deliver our yoga programs, we are also part of two provincial research projects: Reaching Out with Yoga Project, and Trauma Informed Yoga for Justice Involved Youth.
Our volunteers are qualified yoga instructors who are then further trained on how to deliver trauma-informed and strengths-based yoga classes through our 18 hour trauma-informed yoga training (The Yoga Outreach Core TrainingTM).We provide ongoing training, mentorship, and community building opportunities to yoga teachers and community support professionals, in order to enhance the delivery and accessibility of the benefits of yoga in service settings.
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.