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)
travel stipend available
Start ASAP

“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
These classes are scheduled in 4, 6, or 8 week sessions, and typically are every other week.
Start date ASAP
1 to 2 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

Men in custody, addictions, mental health, trauma
Wednesdays 6-7pm
1 teacher needed to alternate 2x/month with established volunteer
starting ASAP, travel stipend available

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 May 2020

“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!