The Yoga Foundation delivers many programs to people with complex trauma to positively change their experience of life. Since our Yoga For Good Foundation (YFG) inception in 2021, we have worked with Jessica Hobson, CEO, and the team with grants to support their continued success.
In 2021, the priority was for their teachers not only to be highly trained in yoga but also to understand and be trained in trauma-informed practice.
The YFG Grant in 2021 was for a project to upskill teachers, deepen their knowledge and further develop trauma-informed skills through a training program with the Blue Knot Foundation. The aim of the training was to improve outcomes for all the participants in their programs and optimise the experience for them and the teachers.
In 2022, YFG supported the year-long ‘Deepen the Impact’ project. The first phase was to discover and define through in-depth interviews with people with lived experience, subject matter experts and allied health professionals, which included community consultation and discovery sessions.
The second phase was to develop a new series of programs and tests with surveys and workshops. The final phase was to deliver a new set of programs within appropriate settings and continue to consult and refine to improve the service and lastly for senior teachers to lead and supervise the team in teaching the new programs.
In 2023, they accomplished this with the structure, process and purpose provided by ‘Deepen the Impact’, establishing a stronger connection with the people they support. You can find the results in the Deepen the Impact report.
In The Yoga Foundation’s own words:
“Spending hours with the participants, listening to their stories, experiences and needs and hearing the enthusiasm and sometimes joy they conveyed when describing their responses to yoga was heartening and motivating. What we do works very well. What we do is necessary and important. What we do is a formative part of people’s recovery from adversity in their own way and time.”
We are passionate about sharing the joy of practising yoga and offering you an opportunity to connect with your true self on a regular basis.
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Ahimsadhara is an expert teacher and author in yoga for trauma survivors. After teaching War Veterans for many years, she is now focusing on international programs and further writing. In this class, she uses asanas to help with healthy breathing and as a preparation for pranayama and yoga nidra.
Angela is an experienced Yogi and Dru Teacher Trainer, environmental campaigner, peace educator, and avid traveller, always seeking the best methods to promote health through Dru Yoga’s practices. Join Angela on the mat for a simple journey through energy block release, alignment with sequence, asana and mudra to leave you feeling refreshed, inspired and welcoming change.
Our sole mission is to create opportunities to do good for others through yoga.
And we’re making an impact.
…for their incredible contribution to our Life Now Yoga and meditation programs!
This generous donation will mean we can buy new yoga equipment, run a new yoga class in Broome, and enhance our meditation program for cancer patients and their primary carers.Cancer Council Western Australia
Their grant is enabling me to offer FREE trauma informed therapeutic movement and relaxation to frontline mental health and social services staff in Bega.
Participants are really valuing the time out for themselves and experiencing integrated poly vagal theory. And I get to be in a teaching space, yay!PremKranti Counselling
…allows us to reach more underserved and vulnerable community groups who can benefit from a trauma-informed yoga and embodied mindfulness practice at zero cost to the participants.
Some of the community groups we’ll be serving in the current months include 000 Foundation, Men’s Walk and Talk and WAGEC.Yoga on the Inside
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