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Yoga Outreach: To Share Yoga—Is To Share Love

April 05, 2012

Halfmoon - Yoga Outreach: To Share Yoga—Is To Share Love

Halfmoon is proud to be a longtime supporter of Yoga Outreach.

We’ve asked Delanie Dyck the Executive Director for Yoga Outreach, to share with us their mission and their goals for the future. It is truly inspiring the work they do—to share yoga is to share love.

Surrender to Yoga Outreach

Yoga Outreach has been a labour of love from day one.

Those who started teaching in the Prisons 15 years ago believed in the power of yoga to transform people’s lives and we still believe it today.

If you’ve done any yoga at all you are probably a convert, whether you have to drag yourself to class each Saturday morning or you run zealously to hot yoga every day, you always feel better having done it.

What Yoga Outreach offers is the opportunity for everyone to experience this.

For many years now Yoga Outreach has quietly gone about the business of providing yoga classes in unconventional settings to under-served people. With classes in more than 20 facilities throughout the Lower Mainland, we are thrilled to be reaching as many as 600 students each year.

But we want more, we want 1200 students and 40 facilities. We want affiliate programs in every corner of BC and beyond, in short we want to take over the world and we hope you do too! Consider joining our growing ranks of volunteer teachers, community engagement volunteers, and contributors in offering everyone the gift of yoga.

Take a moment now to reflect on your life before yoga.

Now take a moment to really appreciate the gifts that yoga has brought you.

Each year we host a unique retreat with more than a dozen world-class teachers to raise funds to support access to yoga for all. By joining us at this year’s Cheakamus River Retreat (near Squamish) May 25 – 27, you can make that happen for people who do not have the same options as you do.

This year’s theme is Revolution and features an incredible line-up of teachers. As with all things there is a constant evolution happening in yoga, in the yoga world at-large and in each of us as we work through our own practice. Sri Venu, one of our fantastic presenters this year, described this process saying “True evolution in yoga occurs naturally and rather subtly. It is more an art of living and, above all, an art of feeling.”

All of the proceeds from this one of a kind event support weekly programming for people suffering with mental illnesses, recovering from addictions, women who have experienced violence, youth with nowhere to turn, and inmates trying to turn a corner in their lives.

We believe yoga transforms people’s lives. Together we can make change possible, one person at a time. Visit us today to learn more!

Delanie Dyck is the Executive Director of Yoga Outreach. She is passionate about making Yoga more accessible as a means for healing. It is her belief that Yoga is a powerful tool for change and that simply by finding oneself on the mat each of us can change the world. Yoga Outreach is a Vancouver-based registered charity. Their mission is to develop and deliver life-affirming yoga programs to people who do not have access to these resources. For more info go to www.yogaoutreach.com.

 



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