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?
In 2020, 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:

  • July 2021 – Donated 8 yoga mats, 2 first aid kits, a large box of tampons / maxi pads and stationary supplies to covenant house.
  • June 2021 – Rolled out a secondary resource centre to provide our teams with the tools to unlearn and understand Canada’s history from an Indigenous perspective. We’ve also included local businesses to support in the Greater Vancouver Area. See; Honouring and Learning About Indigenous Peoples
  • June 2021 – During Indigenous People’s Month it felt important to us to acknowledge the lands that our studios are on, we did a formal land acknowledgment on Instagram and invited our teachers to do the same before their classes. We also held a by-donation class with Joss Frank where all the proceeds ($215) went to the Orange Shirt Day Society. W also wanted to raise voices and bring attention to amazing Indigenous Artists and businesses in our community. We held a live poetry reading by Dolly Reno and shared about some of our favourite Indigenous art and local Indigenous businesses.
  • May 2021 – We have been actively recruiting BIPOC teachers to help grow our team of amazing teachers and include those with different backgrounds and stories.
  • April 2021 – Some of our team members attended and supported the launch of Deyen. Deyen is a one-of-a-kind, unique, online learning hub shares the traditional knowledge, wisdom, worldviews, and lived experiences of Indigenous women on the lands often referred to as Canada.
  • December 2020 – Proceeds to the amount of $238.75 were donated to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre from our December 2020 We Move Together Virtual Donation Class.
  • September 2020 – 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)
  • September 2020 to Present – Provided all of our team members with Orange Shirts so they could wear them in solidarity with Residential School Survivors.
  • August 2020 – Launched a virtual on-demand by-donation class, guests can rent the class and the proceeds will be donated to support Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (VAFCS).
  • July 2020 – Prioritized efforts to represent our diverse community in our regular monthly photoshoots
  • June 2020 – $425 was raised on National Indigenous Awareness day during our 60 minute Yoga Day Class held by Jasmina. These funds were donated to the Aboriginal Front Door Society in Vancouver and Anishnawbe Health in Toronto.
  • June 2020 to Present – 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)
  • November 2020 -2 bursary students attended our Winter Teacher Training.
  • October 2020 – Launched a weekly, free yoga and wellness class for BIPOC (in-studio) in partnership with Joss Frank, our newest Black and Indigenous yoga teacher. Joss has recently moved to Thailand, this class is now offered virtually. We also recorded a version of this class that is free, accessible and on-demand on YYOGA at Home.
  • October 2020 – 4 bursary students attended our Fall Teacher Training.
  • October 2020 – Launched a bursary program to make it more financially possible for those facing oppression and/or other financial barriers to become yoga teachers.
  • March 2020 – Rolled out a resource centre to provide our team with the tools to begin their own personal learning journeys in the BIPOC communities. See; Honouring and Learning About Indigenous Peoples (June 2021) and Racial Equity Resources.
  • 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

We’ve hosted virtual by-donation classes on YYOGA at Home throughout 2020 and 2021. The proceeds from the rental of these classes are donated to the organization that the class was originally intended for.

Miss a class but still want to practice and donate to the cause? No problem!

Upcoming By Donation Class

We host virtual, in-person, and hybrid by-donation classes throughout the year. All of the proceeds from these classes are donated to a dedicated charity. 

Next Donation Class:

World Mental Health Day Hybrid Class – with Hillary Keegan

  • October 14th 2021
  • 7:15 PM (PST)
  • In-studio and virtual spots available
  • Downtown Flow

This 75-minute candlelit class will lull you into deep relaxation with mindful movement and transcending sound bowls. All proceeds will be going to The Bloom Group; which serves over 2,000 individuals each year and provide low-barrier services that are inclusive and available to all people in need, regardless of their circumstances, and without conditions

Join this experience in-person or online!

Click here to sign up for the in-studio experience

Click here to sign up for virtual class


Complimentary Class: 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.

Live Feed Zoom Class

  • Mondays at 6:45-7:45pm  PST
  • Click here to book
  • This class is led virtually by Joss Frank, a dedicated womb yoga and nidra facilitator with trauma-informed studies.

On-Demand Class

An on-demand version of this wellness class led by Joss is also available on YYOGA at Home. Please enjoy and share it with anyone who you think also needs it. Click 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. 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.