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.

The steps we’ve taken are outlined below. Scroll further down this page for a record of all donation amounts and benefitting organizations:

  • March 2022 – 3 bursary students attending our Spring Teacher Training.
  • January 2022 – To support the mental health of our communities, we hosted a free class for Blue Monday which 89 people attended.
  • January 2022 – 2 bursary students attended our Winter Teacher Training.
  • October 2021 – 1 bursary student attended our Fall Teacher Training.
  • 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.
  • Beginning May 2021 and ongoing – 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.
  • 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.
  • Ongoing – Prioritized efforts to represent our diverse community in our regular monthly photoshoots
  • 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 – Present – 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 Class Replays

We’ve hosted virtual by-donation classes on YYOGA at Home. 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!


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. Together, we have given:

2022

April 2022 – $370 donated to Earthwise Society BC through an Earth Day donation class.

On March 8th in celebration of International Women’s Day, we raised $955.50 for Dress for Success Vancouver through Drop-in class purchases.

2021

  • In December 2021 all proceeds from our Gratitude Workshop ($890) on November 30th were donated to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Center.
  • Our Mental Health Awareness Day donation class with Hillary Keegan raised $215 for The Bloom Group thanks to our amazing community.
  • In October 2021 we donated a 10 Class Pack and 1 month subscription to YYOGA at Home to the Vancouver Humane Society for an auction.
  • To our friends at Vancouver Pride Society we donated $700 in August of 2021, an amount we collected from the Granville Island Brewing event.
  • On July 14th we donated $60 to the Vancouver Pride Society from our by-donation class that was led by Connor Roff.
  • July 2021 – Donated 8 yoga mats, 2 first aid kits, a large box of tampons / maxi pads and stationary supplies to covenant house.
  • On June 21st, 2021 we held a donation class, led by Joss Frank, in support of the Orange Shirt Day Society We helped raise $215, which will be going to to this organization.
  • Our By-Donation Class to support Give India raised $530. All of these proceeds went directly to the Fundraiser to help provide medical care to critical COVID patients.
  • In May 2021 we donated an Annual Subscription to YYOGA at Home ($119) to a charity auction for West Point Grey Academy.
  • From our By Donation Class on April 13th, 2021 $750 was raised and donated to a GoFundMe started by the North Van Community to support the Victims of the tragedy from March 27th, 2021. A personal donation on behalf of the YYOGA team was also made for an additional $1500.
  • 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.
  • A 10 Class Pack to P.E.A.C.E Canada’s silent auction happening on March 20th, 2021. P.E.A.C.E. is a vegan charity that unites and works with Canadian Farm Sanctuaries through resources, rescues, and education. They help home, transport, and pay medical bills for farmed animals. They also run online webinars for free for both the public as well as farm sanctuaries.

2020

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

2019

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.