Sea Change Yoga brings the healing power of trauma sensitive yoga & meditation to all. Teaching in residential treatment facilities, community recovery centers & correctional institutions.

Our Mission

We are a growing movement of community action yogis dedicated to bringing the healing power of yoga to those who have experienced trauma, who are under served & marginalized and in need of these tools of transformation. We believe in the dignity and worth of every human being, and strive to promote self-awareness, self-respect & self-mastery. Our approach to trauma sensitive yoga combines equal measures of patience, compassion & gentleness. We treat each individual as a whole regardless of social status and past trauma history. Through our approach to trauma sensitive yoga we engage the participant to experience the present moment, take effective action, create rhythms, & make choices within their practice.  We have found that through this approach of taking ownership of choices while on the mat, students are better able to make choices off the mat.


Through dialogue, the teacher-of-the-students-of-the-teacher cease to exist and the new term emerges: teacher-student with students-teachers. The teacher is no longer merely the-one-who-teaches, but one who is taught in dialogue with the students, who in turn while being taught also teach. They become jointly responsible for a process in which all grow.
— Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Where 

  • MaineStay - an eight-bed residential treatment facility and support service for young adults, 18-25, struggling with homelessness and mental illness.

    Portland Recovery Community Center - a safe haven for people in addiction recovery and offers a home for meetings and activities devoted to addiction recovery.

    Long Creek Youth Development Center - a total educational rehabilitative resource within the correctional setting providing care, custody and security for its residents, evaluations/diagnostic services, education, physical education and recreation.

    Grace Street Recovery Services - specializing in medication assisted treatment using Suboxone, Vivitrol or Methadone.

    Ginger’s House, Portland - a residential facility whose focus is helping women who are in recovery from addiction and co-occurring disorders establish and reach values and goals in all areas of their lives.

    McAuley Residence - providing a comprehensive transitional housing program for women with and without children who are in recovery from drug and alcohol dependency.

    The Southern Maine Re-entry Center (SMRC) –giving women the skills and experience they need to successfully live as positive citizens and employees after they transition from state correctional facilities into their home communities.

    The Maine Correctional Center (MCC) - a Medium/Minimum Security facility and houses both male and female prisoners.  MCC works to improve public safety by reducing the likelihood that incarcerated men and women will reoffend once released back into their communities.

    Milestone Foundation (Extended Care) - offering mental health treatment and substance abuse treatment in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. It is the mission of Milestone to provide the best quality of services to empower individuals with substance abuse problems to attain stability, dignity, recovery and an enhanced quality of life.

    Esther Residence - A transitional program for women who are leaving incarceration and/or treatment program.  Esther Residence provides a safe, nurturing community that is based on safety, respect and dignity.

    Florence House – Safe, supported, and affordable permanent housing for chronically homeless women.

    Optimal Self Sea Change Yoga, Easter Seals, Veterans First and Optimal Self have collaborated to bring yoga to veterans in a safe and welcoming environment.