Classes are always free to our students. It is through donations that we bring the healing power of yoga to people who would otherwise not have access to this life changing practice. We bring our program directly to our students in the places where they live or congregate as a community.
Here's who we serve:
Incarcerated Youth and Adults
Androscoggin County Jail - a correctional facility committed to providing a safe and secure environment for incarcerated persons committed to its care and custody. Housing, services and programming are provided in a cost efficient and humane manner, offering people the opportunity for positive reintegration into the community.
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.
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.
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.
People in Recovery from Substance Use Disorder
McAuley Residence (Mercy Hospital)- providing a comprehensive transitional housing program for women with and without children who are in recovery from drug and alcohol dependency.
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.
Portland Recovery Community Center - a safe haven for people in addiction recovery and offers a home for meetings and activities devoted to addiction recovery.
People in transitional housing
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.
MaineStay (Opportunity Alliance)- an eight-bed residential treatment facility and support service for young adults, 18-25, struggling with homelessness and mental illness.
Florence House (Preble Street)– safe, supported, and affordable permanent housing for chronically homeless women.
Yoga for children with special needs, and their caregivers
Woodfords Family Services – Thanks to generous funding from the Brick & Beam Society of the United Way of Greater Portland, we are able to offer this weekly class to children receiving services at Woodfords, along with a concurrent class for their parents and caregivers in a nearby room. This multi-general approach increases the likelihood that the emotional regulation tools learned in class will continue at home.
Yoga for New Mainers
In partnership with Maine Medical Center and the Portland YMCA, we are thrilled to offer a new weekly class for Arabic women who recently joined our Maine community.