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
Day One - Maine's leading agency addressing youth substance use.
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. Our Tuesday and Friday, 1:30 - 2:30 classes are free and open to all people in recovery and their allies.
People in transitional/supported 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.
Florence House (Preble Street)– safe, supported, and affordable permanent housing for chronically homeless women.
Auburn Housing Authority - The mission of Auburn Housing Authority is to develop, provide and assist decent, safe and affordable housing for lower income persons. The Authority strives to create opportunities for residents' self-sufficiency and economic independence, and assures fiscal integrity by all program participants.
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 weekly class for Arabic women who recently joined our Maine community.
Dempsey Center - Beginning in Spring 2019, we will teach weekly yoga to people in Cancer treatment at both the South Portland and Lewiston Dempsey Center locations. Yoga4Cancer is an evidence-based methodology for bringing the many healing aspects of yoga to cancer patients and survivors. The primary goal is to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence by working with all of the body’s systems in order to support the immune system. Y4C also addresses specific side effects from cancer treatments, as well as the mental and emotional challenges. Participants often gain a sense of empowerment through this science driven yoga methodology which strengthens the body, mind, and spirit! There is no elephant in the room. Cancer is spoken of, and addressed. Participants know they are not going it alone.