Who We Serve
Together We Reach Many
Living Yoga works with youth and adults who have experienced trauma. Through teams of dedicated volunteers, we bring trauma-informed yoga to more than 600 students each month in corrections and reentry, addiction treatment and recovery, and community health programs. Here is a snapshot of who and where we serve:
Corrections and Reentry Sites (32%)
Community Health Programs (32%)
Addiction Treatment and Recovery Programs (36%)
One third of LY partner sites serve youth
25% of LY students identify as a person of color
18% of LY students identify as LGBTQ
49% of LY students identify as men or boys
47% of LY students identify as women or girls
4% of LY students identify as non-binary
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 Each 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.
Our Partner Sites:
Living Yoga provides 35 weekly classes at 25 partner sites throughout the Portland Metro area.
Corrections and Reentry:
Bridges to Change - A reentry program for those coming out of prison. Most students are also struggling with addiction, mental health issues, or homelessness.
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon Department of Corrections - A minimum and medium security facility for women in Wilsonville, OR.
Columbia River Correctional Institution, Oregon Department of Corrections - A minimum security facility for men in Portland, OR.
Donald E Long Home, Multnomah County - A juvenile detention facility in Portland, OR. Living Yoga provides classes for girls and boys, age 12-17.
MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, Oregon Youth Authority - A detention center for juvenile male offenders ages 13-25 in Woodburn, OR.
Washington County Community Corrections Center - A facility that prepares individuals serving sentences to successfully transition back into the community in Hillsboro, OR. Living Yoga classes at this site are for men and women in drug & alcohol treatment.
Addiction Treatment and Recovery:
Assessment & Evaluation Program, Multnomah County - A short term residential program designed to provide temporary structure, stabilization, and treatment readiness for youth.
Daybreak Youth Services - An inpatient chemical dependency treatment program for youth, ages 12 through 17. Daybreak serves youth from throughout Washington state, as well as teens from across the Northwest, including Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Alaska.
Hooper Detox, Central City Concern - A first step recovery program providing medical detoxification and stabilization at this critical juncture. Patients receive 4-10 days of medical treatment for early withdrawal symptoms.
Letty Owings Recovery Program, Central City Concern - A recovery program for mothers and pregnant women. In addition to drug and alcohol treatment, the women receive lessons in essential life skills such as budgeting, meal planning, cooking, communication, and parenting.
Lifeline Connections - A substance abuse and mental health treatment center in Vancouver, WA.
Men’s Residential Center, Volunteers of America - A residential treatment facility for men referred by the Multnomah County criminal justice system in NE Portland.
Old Town Clinic, Central City Concern - A medical clinic serving low-income, homeless, and individuals in recovery from addiction.
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. (Open Recovery Class)
Tabor Space - Living Yoga volunteers offer an inviting and accessible yoga class for individuals who identify as being in recovery from any type of addiction. This class follows a popular recovery meeting at the same location. (Open Recovery Class)
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.
Downtown Shelter, Morrison Child & Family Services - Providing prevention, mental health and substance abuse services for children and youth in the Portland Metro area.
Edwards School Day Program, Trillium Family Services - The program serves students, ages 5–18, who experience emotional or behavioral difficulties impacting their ability to be successful in their school and home environments.
Free Geek - This unique partnership serves as a training ground for new Living Yoga volunteers to practice their skills and stay engaged following volunteer training, during their onboarding process. This all-levels class is offered exclusively to employees at Free Geek who bring a wide range of experience and ability levels to the classroom.
Harry’s Mother, Janus Youth Services - A crisis triage center for runaway youth and their families in Portland, OR.
Morrison Paso, Morrison Child & Family Services - Morrison Child and Family Services provides a comprehensive continuum of mental health, substance abuse/prevention and education services. Living Yoga serves Spanish speaking male youth, ages 13-17, in the Paso program.
North Portland Health Center, Multnomah County Health Department - 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 people who access the clinic for primary care qualify for medicaid, and many suffer from chronic health conditions. (Open Community Class)
Outside In - A local nonprofit helping homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards improved health and self-sufficiency.
Southeast Health Center, Multnomah County Health Department - 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, and many suffer from chronic health conditions. (Open Community Class)
The Parry Center, Trillium Family Services - The program offers short-term residential support for children and adolescents, ages 5-17, who are struggling with mental health challenges.
Living Yoga is proudly committed to equitable and inclusive programs and trainings to ensure everyone has access to the healing benefits of yoga.