Social Impact

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YYOGA studios are located on the unceded ancestral territory of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw) and Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ) Nations. We would like to personally acknowledge that we are fortunate to live and work on these lands.

We Move Together is our social impact program and way of taking active steps towards making the world a better place through supporting our local communities. We know that when we move together, both on and off the mat, we’re stronger.

We have chosen to activate this program in a number of ways (detailed below) and are continually evolving and refining, in particular as we learn and educate ourselves on the fight against racial injustice and work with respected consultants and leaders within the diversity and inclusion space.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our goal is to create opportunities for all people to practice yoga, together. We know there is power in community so we work with those within ours to extend our reach beyond our studios and create opportunities for those facing barriers to practice.

Where are we at?
A few months ago, we began working with an incredible Indigenous consultant who has helped guide us in our first steps towards reconciliation. It’s important that we express our expectation that this will be a lifelong and ongoing commitment, and one that we take seriously.

While some of our plans have been put on hold until we can safely gather in-person, we have moved forward with what has been possible within physical distancing guidelines.

We have:

  • Rolled out a resource centre to provide our team with the tools to begin their own personal learning journeys
  • Participated in a team workshop (with our consultant) on the history of residential schools in Canada and announced our support of Orange Shirt Day (created by the Orange Shirt Society)
  • Launched a monthly virtual by-donation class series focused on fundraising and education with 100% of proceeds benefitting our non-profit partners (teacher wages are covered by YYOGA as part of this donation)
  • Launched a free yoga and wellness class for BIPOC (in studio) in partnership with Joss Frank, our newest Black and Indigenous yoga teacher
  • Launched a bursary program to make it more financially possible for those facing oppressions and/or other financial barriers to become yoga teachers
  • Prioritized efforts to represent our diverse community in our regular monthly photoshoots
  • With the support of our community, we continue to fund people, projects, organizations, help with cause awareness, and offer use of our physical space for people to come together for important conversations and in the spirit of inspiring real change. In 2019, this included our Mindful Conversation series that hosted panelists for conversations on important topics like mental health, body positivity, women’s health and living with purpose and we expect to be able to kick this series off again soon.


Virtual By Donation Classes

Our virtual by donation classes happen monthly. The proceeds from the rental of these classes are donated to the organization that the class was originally intended.

Details coming soon for our next class. Miss a class but still want to practice and donate to the cause? No problem!


BIPOC Wellness for Women

A complimentary gentle all levels Hatha Yoga class with a guided meditation for BIPOC wellness for all self-identified women of colour.

Led by: Joss Frank
Classes offered monthly at YYOGA Downtown Flow with the next one on Dec 6th.

Book your free spot here.


Who We Work With

We gain inspiration and momentum by connecting with individuals and organizations already doing the work to create real change.

We work with the passionately curious, the change-makers, the challengers, the activists, the seekers, the guides, the enthusiastic and the genuine. It doesn’t matter to us if you’re powered by an organization (big or small) or the sweat of a single human working to do better.

What matters to us is that we work together to inspire conversationspractice listening, ignite passiondrive education and awareness and invite change around things that matter to our communities.


Causes

Our approach to supporting access to yoga is by partnering with individuals as well as grass roots and hyper local organizations and the change-makers that power them. Support varies depending on the needs of the partner.

In the past, we’ve donated studio space, funded teacher wages for classes both inside and outside our studios, coordinated and funded teachers for outdoor events, donated yoga mats, gathered goods donations, facilitated group fundraising, offered by donation classes, donated a % of sales, funded event tickets, and shared cause messages with our community in the spirit of active listening and awareness.

Current causes:

  • Inclusivity and access to yoga
  • Health — especially for women and those who have less access to services and support 
  • Mental health — including supporting vulnerable populations
  • At-risk, marginalized and/or under-resourced youth
  • The environment — we love our planet!


Our Collective Progress

THANK YOU for helping us support some incredible organizations within the last year. Just six months into 2020, together, we have given:

As well as supported the following Charitable Organizations through raffles, silent auctions, door prizes, donation classes, gift cards and in some cases free space and equipment rentals, sponsored classes, and mat donations:

  • Covenant House
  • PLEA Community Services
  • Pink Pearl Canada
  • Pink Shirt Day
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga for First Nations
  • CHIMO Community Services
  • WildResearch Society
  • BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • Make A Wish Foundation
  • One Girl Can
  • YWCA Metro Vancouver
  • BC Women’s Health Foundation
  • The Nature Trust of BC
  • North Shore Crisis Services Society
  • Pathways Serious Mental Illness Society
  • Spirit North

In 2019, we were able to support a number of deserving, local charities and initiatives with your help:

As well as supported the following Charitable Organizations through raffles, silent auctions, door prizes, donation classes, gift cards and in some cases free space and equipment rentals, sponsored classes, and mat donations:

  • Rainbow Refugee
  • Spirit North via Urban Foundation
  • PLEA Community Services Society of BC
  • Project Innovate
  • One Girl Can
  • Covenant House
  • The Gatehouse: Healing the Voice Within Fundraiser
  • North Shore Restorative Justice Society
  • Children of the Street Society: Celebration of Success Event
  • BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition: First Call Fundraising Gala
  • Richmond Hospital Foundation
  • Backpack Buddies
  • Family Services of Greater Vancouver
  • FemDem 2019
  • Canucks for Kids
  • Aboriginal Front Door Society
  • Pink Shirt Day 
  • Power of Movement: Arthritis Research Foundation and Bridgepoint Foundation
  • InspireHealth Rain Walk 2019 & 2018
  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • AWARE: 30th Anniversary Event
  • Pink Pearl Canada
  • Richmond Addiction Services
  • Children’s Organ Transplant Annual Fundraiser
  • Women Against MS
  • KidSport
  • Diabetes Canada
  • BC Children’s Hospital
  • Adoption Counsel Ontario
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s Family Navigation Project
  • Whole Way House: Family Picnic Fundraiser
  • Vancouver Vegan Fest
  • Forever Young 8k
  • Ride to Conquer Cancer
  • Beyond Boys & Girls Club
  • Children’s Wish Foundation

We appreciate you coming on this journey with us, and for all of your support.