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Is your business interested in donating space for a community/donation-based yoga class on a weekend morning? I’m an experienced yoga instructor who has taught for more than two years in studios, gyms and non-profit settings such as Cook County Jail, a counseling center for survivors of sexual violence, and libraries. I have training in trauma informed yoga and host events to speak to other yoga teachers on resources in this field.
Yoga can be a tremendous tool for self-care. People practice for all different reasons – the mindful physical stretch, the breath awareness that leads to stress relief, even the potential to help in the healing of trauma. Help make this practice more financially accessible.
I’m accepting applications with the hope of identifying a new yoga host partner! Apply here.
Can you offer:
How is a trauma informed yoga class different from a public yoga class? How would a yoga teacher get training in trauma-informed yoga and set up a class with a non-profit?
This 2-3 hour event starts with a short trauma-informed yoga practice. I’ll share my experience in this field and my take on the above questions, using the practice as a reference point and example. Discussion (on these questions and additional readings) can be a part of the longer 3-hour event. My perspective is that of yoga teacher, and accordingly the talk is aimed at yoga teachers/trainees, but anyone with an interest in the topic can practice and participate. Ideal for yoga studios looking to raise awareness of trauma-informed yoga among staff or for teacher trainees as they learn about hands-on assists or additional opportunities to do service through yoga.
Space requirements: enough floor space for the group to lay yoga mats down and practice; space that can be used exclusively for the event for the full two-three hours (without other clients or staff passing through the space, peering in, etc.).
Time requirement: two hours; if desired, we an add more time and incorporate an interactive group discussion and readings.
Pricing: please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss affordable rates. This event helps support the free trauma-informed yoga classes offered by Share Your Practice in Chicago.
Find feedback on past events here.
Note that this is a yoga practice and an informal talk on trauma-informed yoga, based on my participation in approximately 60 hours of continuing yoga education in trauma-informed yoga and my administrative work for a yoga non-profit. This is not itself a training in trauma-informed yoga. This talk will help participants decide their own best path for training or further educating themselves on this topic.
I am a yoga teacher – not a psychologist or social worker or yoga therapist. Yoga teachers definitely CAN become informed about trauma and trauma-sensitive practices without being social workers or psychologists, and can make public or private classes safer and friendlier to trauma survivors …making a yoga class trauma-informed is different from treating mental health conditions. Any public class most likely already includes trauma survivors without any effort on the teacher’s part to gather them.
I’m Kate, and I love yoga. I started practicing in 2009, and completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2014. Vinyasa flow and power vinyasa were the styles that initially spoke to me the most (why?!). Teaching yoga is now my main work – I teach public classes at studios, a gym and a park district. I’ve been teaching a weekly free community class I set up independently in a library since early 2015, and another library class approximately every other week. Both are in neighborhoods that lack the variety of yoga options on offer in more central locations. I started teaching in Cook County Jail near the end of 2016.
Through a past job with a yoga non-profit in DC, prior to becoming a yoga teacher, I worked to set up yoga outreach classes with non-profits, and also attended training such as Street Yoga, Prison Yoga, and Yoga for Homeless & In-Recovery Communities. In Chicago I’ve participated in two Breathe Network trainings focused on survivors of sexual violence.
Outside yoga: I studied sociology and have a master’s in international communication. I spent about 5 years each living in Eastern Europe and then Washington, DC, and am now back in the area I grew up in – Chicago. I’ve done a lot of different jobs! I don’t run as much as I used to, but running has been a great thing in my life, particularly volunteering with Back on My Feet – a non-profit that partners with homeless shelters in a number of cities to host a running program.
My favorite pose is chapasana, half moon with a bind! I am still working on headstand away from the wall. I love dogs. And cooking.
Disclaimer: This class was set up and is taught by the author of this blog. I may not be totally unbiased!
Share Your Practice is a resource for yoga teachers and others on sharing trauma-informed yoga in non-profit settings. Yoga can be a tremendous tool for self-care and stress relief, and not everyone has equal access to this resource.
Typically (but not always) this means yoga outside a studio / gym / private lesson setting. Typically (but not always) the people who benefit are underserved in some way – maybe trauma survivors who are also low-income, maybe residents of homeless shelters, maybe people who live in neighborhoods that are plagued by violence and have few public yoga classes available.
Share Your Practice shares articles on the benefits of yoga in such settings, information on non-profits engaged in this work, and interviews with teachers offering yoga in this way. I also hope to share my own thoughts and experiences and spark discussion on this under-covered topic.
I am certainly not an authority on this topic nor on teaching yoga! But my long-term interest in this work motivates me to start this project and connect others who are similarly inspired.