Volunteer Opportunities for Yoga Instructors

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Current teaching opportunities

Burnaby South
Youth in custody
Thursdays  7-8pm 2X/month, alternating with current volunteer
start date ASAP, please note this location requires an extensive intake process, criminal history check and interview/safety orientation at centre

North Vancouver
Youth 13-19 in hospital setting for treatment of concurrent disorders (mental health/addictions)
Sundays 1-2pm 2x per month, alternating with current volunteer
start date ASAP

Maple Ridge
Men in custody, mental health, addictions, trauma
Tuesdays 7-8pm
1 teacher to alternate weekly with established teacher (2x/month)
Start ASAP

Vancouver East
Women’s Only classesMonday 2-3pm, 2 times a month-some possible flexibility on time/day
5 class session running November 18 to December 16th 2019
1 teacher

Vancouver East (Fraser & Broadway)
men/women/youth who are residents of housing units
2 class session: Tuesday October 29, November 26 2019  11am to 12pm
1 teacher

“Sunrise” on E Hastings/Slocan and “Brightspot” on Cambie/King Ed
Older Adults-chair yoga
Tuesday at Cambie 11:15-12:15
Thursday at Cambie 11-11:45am
Monday at Hastings 11-11:45am
These classes scheduled in 4, 6, or 8 week sessions, and typically are every other week.
Start date ASAP
1 to 3 teachers

Commercial Drive
Addictions Recovery Centre
Tuesdays 1:30-2:30 (men’s classes, need alternating teacher 1-2x per month)
Tuesdays 3-4pm (women’s classes, need alternating teacher 1-2x per month)
Start date ASAP

Reaching Out With Yoga Program – Children’s classes
Day & Time flexible (biweekly)
Start date ASAP
1 teacher

Men in custody, addictions, mental health, trauma
could be Monday to Friday 09:45 to 10:45am OR 1:15 – 2:15pm OR 6:00 – 7:00pm
Start date ASAP
1 or 2 teachers to alternate weekly

Burnaby-Metrotown (fast from Vancouver on skytrain!)
Reaching out with Yoga Project, Women’s classes
Fridays, 10-11am (1 teacher to alternate weekly with established teacher)
Wednesdays, 10-11am (1 or 2 teachers to alternative weekly)
Start date ASAP

“The most important thing in a trauma-sensitive yoga class is to really convey and reiterate over and over again that the participants are in control. They are in control of their experience, they are in control of what they do what they don’t do. We let them know that it is fine if they just want to lie on their backs in savasana for the entire time. Trauma sensitive yoga class is very much grounded in consent.”

Pacifica Treatment Centre Volunteer

“I volunteer with Yoga Outreach because yoga has brought so much value to my life and I want to share what yoga can offer. I continue to volunteer because of the personal connections that I have formed with the group of seniors I teach – I ‘get’ just as much as I ‘give’. The time I spend with this group is one of the bright spots in my week. They are inspiring as human beings living their lives with joy.”

Paul's Club Volunteer

“Some of the women shared with me the impact that the class had on their lives and I felt so thankful for the opportunity to share it with them. Despite the challenges here and there, it was an experience that is close to my heart and I feel ever grateful to have had the opportunity to spend time with those women in that way. Thank you!”

Women's Prison Volunteer

“I wanted to emphasize that I really would love to teach this class again. I really enjoyed the people and the teaching and also the community centre. I am excited!I am super happy to teach the next session. I love teaching this class!”

West End Mental Health Volunteer

Benefits for Volunteers

The benefits experienced from volunteering differ as much as the motivations that drive people to give their time in service to their community. In addition to the wonderful feeling of giving back that comes with offering ourselves in service to people experiencing complex challenges here are a few added benefits that come with volunteering with Yoga Outreach.

  • Providing program continuity to yoga students within social service settings;
  • An opportunity to integrate best practices for service yoga settings;

  • Opportunities to expand your peer network and build community;

  • Ongoing yoga program support and mentorship opportunities;

  • Access to affordable, continuing education training;

  • Opportunities to co-teach; and

  • All the screening and liaising with facility staff is handled by us!