Who We Serve
Together We Reach Many
Living Yoga works with youth and adults who have experienced trauma. Most of our students have been impacted by incarceration, addiction, poverty, mental and behavioral health challenges, homelessness, sexual assault, or war, or some combination of these experiences.
Through teams of dedicated volunteers, we bring trauma-informed yoga classes to 23 partner sites around the Portland Metro area to support healing and resilience in these communities.
Weekly Classes: Living yoga classes are always trauma-informed, safe, simple, and inclusive to support healing and resilience in our students.
Active Volunteers: We provide 3 trauma-informed yoga teacher trainings per year to prepare our volunteer teachers with knowledge and skills for working with vulnerable and marginalized populations. We then support our volunteers throughout the year with continuing education opportunities, support visits from a lead trainer, and a co-teaching model.
Students served on average per month: With yoga classes offered in a wide variety of partner sites, Living Yoga’s impact continues to grow and diversify. 25% of Living Yoga students identify as a person of color, 18% identify as LGBTQ, 49% identify as male, 47% identify as female, and 4% identify as non-binary. Approximately ⅓ of our students are youth.
Living Yoga offers trauma-informed yoga classes to 24 partner sites around the Portland Metro area:
Central City Concern- Hooper Detox First step recovery program, provides medical detoxification and stabilization at this critical juncture. Patients receive 4-10 days of medical treatment for early withdrawal symptoms.
Letty Owings Recovery Program - For mothers and pregnant women. Mothers are treated for drug addiction and alcoholism. They also begin learning essential life skills such as budgeting, mealplanning, cooking, communication, and most importantly, parenting.
Central City Concern- Old Town Clinic Serving low-income, homeless and individuals in recovery from addiction at Central City Concern's downtown Portland medical clinic.
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility Oregon Department of Corrections minimum and medium security facility for women in Wilsonville.
Columbia River Correctional Institution Oregon Department of Corrections - Minimum security facility for men in Portland.
Daybreak Youth Services - Inpatient chemical dependency treatment program for youth ages 12 through 17. Daybreak serves youth from throughout Washington state and also many teens from across the northwest, including Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Alaska.
Janus Youth - Harry's Mother A crisis triage center for runaway youth and their families in Portland, OR.
Lifeline Connections - A substance abuse and mental health treatment center in Vancouver, WA.
MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility Oregon Youth Authority Facility - For juvenile male offenders ages 13-25 in Woodburn, OR.
Morrison Child & Family Services - Providing prevention, mental health and substance abuse services for children and youth in the Portland Metro area.
Multnomah County Donald E Long Home Multnomah County Department of Community Justice - Juvenile detention facility in Portland, OR. Living Yoga provides classes for girls and boys age 12-17 in detention.
Multnomah County Assessment & Evaluation Program - A short term residential program designed to provide temporary structure, stabilization, and treatment readiness for youth.
Multnomah County Health Department- Southeast Health Center In partnership with the communities they serve, the Health Department assures, promotes and protects the health of the people of Multnomah County. The majority of the population of people who access the clinic for primary care qualify for medicaid. Many with chronic health conditions.
Multnomah County Health Department - North Portland Health Center In partnership with the communities they serve, the Health Department assures, promotes and protects the health of the people of Multnomah County. The majority of the population of people who access the clinic for primary care qualify for medicaid. Many with chronic health conditions.
Outside In - In helps homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards improved health and self-sufficiency.
Recovery Yoga at The Alano Club - The Alano Club provides an inviting and accessible recovery support center for individuals and families recovering from alcoholism, drug addiction, and other addictive disorders.
Community Yoga at The Peoples Yoga - A partnership with The People’s Yoga in NE Portland, this public class is trauma-informed, recovery-sensitive and mindfulness-based.
Community Yoga at Unfold Studio - In SE Portland, this public class is trauma-informed, recovery-sensitive and mindfulness-based.
Trillium Family Services Edwards School Day Program - The program serves students, ages 5 – 18, who experience emotional or behavioral difficulties impacting their ability to be successful in the school and home environments.
Trillium Family Services The Parry Center - The program offers short-term residentials support for children and adolescents, ages 5-17, who are struggling with mental health challenges.
VA Recovery House - The mission of the VA Recovery House is to provide Veterans a safe and therapeutic transitional living environment to optimize successful recovery. Opened in February of 2011, the residential program is a 35 bed program for men and women.
Volunteers of America Men’s Residential Center - A residential treatment facility for men referred by the Multnomah County criminal justice system in NE Portland
Washington County Community Corrections Center Custody - Facility that prepares individuals serving sentences to successfully transition back into the community in Hillsboro. Living Yoga classes for men and women in drug & alcohol treatment.
Living Yoga is proudly committed to equitable and inclusive programs and trainings to ensure everyone has access to the healing benefits of yoga.