when three dog yoga opened in 2009, the very first classes we taught were held at Mark West Elementary School. these were for the students and the teachers. it was our way of building this community on a foundation of service and a commitment to doing well by doing good.
over the past five years, your support of our community has allowed us to bring yoga to places that wouldn’t normally get a chance to experience it, places like sonoma county juvenile justice center, local public and private elementary/middle/high schools, varenna assisted living, the boys and girls club of sonoma county, positive images of sonoma county, sonoma county veterans, the ywca of sonoma county, the living room, the cerebral palsy boost camp, santa rosa community health centers and more.
how does it work? sometimes community organizations call us with requests. and sometimes we identify a need that we can fill. but most of the time, one of our students sees a good fit for us in the community and things just come together to make it happen.
as part of our teacher training program, trainees are required to complete ten volunteer community classes for certification and many remain with their class after graduation.
here’s some of the groups we’re teaching now…
YWCA Safe House
the Safe House is Sonoma County’s safe haven for women and children fleeing domestic violence and has ongoing programs for families in transition. for the past three years, we have hosted Safe House residents, graduates and staff members at the studio each week for gentle classes focused on stress relief and relaxation. we also sponsor the Safe House through our 12 DAYS of YOGA challenge coming up in december.
Roseland University Prep
RUP is a small college preparatory high school located in the heart of the Roseland Community, opened in 2004 with the purpose of giving each student the opportunity to take college prep classes that would prepare them to attend a four-year university. the dedicated staff are committed to ensuring that students have a wide range of extracurricular experiences. we’ve been providing yoga classes to teach body awareness, breathing and stress relief since 2011, both at the school and at the studio. this year, we’re excited to offer classes during school hours as part of the curriculum.
Sonoma County Veterans
we began working with the Sonoma County Women Veterans group this year as part of our partnership
with Yoga Across America. classes soon expanded to include all veterans, their families and their caretakers. we teach weekly classes at the Veteran’s building, focused on supporting PTSD-recovery and reducing stress.