Yogis in Service work with the Community in the following ways:
- We sponsor and deliver YIS yoga via our teachers and trauma-sensitive and/or growth oriented yoga practice and curriculum- always at the YIS studio and across WNY in specific, on-mission programs that we believe are promoting health and wellness across WNY.
- We work by contract to provide the yoga teachers and trauma-sensitive and/or growth oriented yoga practice and curriculum to your school or program. We are happy to help schools provide wellness programming.
- We partner with other yoga studios/schools/programs/teachers to offer YIS-aligned programming (it must be aligned with our mission) across WNY.
- We teach yoga teachers and service providers YIS trauma-sensitive and growth oriented yoga practices and social emotional learning curriculum.
Yogis in Service is proudly offering and supporting the following projects:
We are excited to offer FREE COMMUNITY YOGA- in our studio and across Buffalo!
Wednesday at The Bird’s Nest, 64 Fillmore Ave, Buffalo, NY 14210, 4:00-5:00pm
Saturday at True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E Ferry, Buffalo, NY 14211,
In an effort to expand our classes and mission to provide access to yoga, the Yogis in Service Studio was donated to Resurrection Village in July 2017. A huge thank you to Lululemon Athletica, Jonathan Casey, and those who donated from the community for creating this beautiful space. It is our hope to create these spaces of community and love all around Buffalo.
Buffalo VA Medical Center
YIS partnered with the Buffalo VA Medical Center to provide weekly yoga sessions for for veterans struggling with substance use. VA staff and patients participate in this integrated program together. Here are some quotes from the participants:
VA Staff Member: “It was such a positive group connection, checking in with other staff and patients on a different level than usual, without even having to speak. Finding common spiritual ground and having fun at the same time. Very invigorating!”
Veteran: “Very energizing, very re-vitalizing. I felt a sense of renewal and comfort. In one session, I felt like my posture improved.”
See Buffalo VA Medical Center at https://www.buffalo.va.gov.
University at Buffalo
Yogis in Service partners with University at Buffalo in several ways. We offer service project opportunities and work frequently with the Occupational Therapy Department and the students in the Advanced Certificate in Mindful Counseling housed in the department of CSEP.
In 2015, YIS offered free classes to students at the University at Buffalo. We are excited that UB is now offering regular yoga classes for their students. in Spring 2017, UB’s OT students offered a series of workshops following our Saturday community classes including granola making, creating zen gardens and mandalas. We continue to partner with UB to offer pre-race yoga for the Linda Yalem run. Come check us out before the race to get in a good healthy stretch.
Yogi Bear Program (you buy a bear you give a bear)
Vive Shelter-Jericho Road Community Health Center
Yogis in Service currently offers yoga classes two times a week as a part of Vive’s children’s summer program. These sessions are closed to children who currently reside at Vive. These classes are taught by four members of the Yogis in Service 200 Hour Teacher Training. In March 2015, Jericho Road Community Health Center assumed operations of Vive La Casa. Vive La Casa then became known as Vive, a program of Jericho Road. Jericho Road is now committed to carrying the 30-year legacy of providing legal aid and safe refuge to persons seeking asylum in the United States and Canada. To learn more about Vive, please visit http://www.jrchc.org/vive/the-vive-legacy/
Buffalo City Mission
Yogis in Service currently offers yoga classes two times a week as a part of the City Mission’s children’s summer program. These sessions are closed to children who currently reside at the mission. These classes are taught by three members of the Yogis in Service 200 Hour Teacher Training. According to the City Mission, an estimated 5,500 individuals in WNY are homeless. Over half are experiencing homelessness for the first time, and 26.6% of those experience homelessness are children. Buffalo City Mission’s vision is to restore hope to the homeless and hurting of Western New York. We provide emergency shelter and nourishing meals to thousands of homeless men, women and children. Buffalo City Mission provides comprehensive recovery programs to help homeless men, women and children rebuild stable, healthy, productive lives. To learn more, please visit https://www.buffalocitymission.org/mission-vision-and-values/
Martha Mitchell Center
Yogis in Services offers weekly classes at the Martha Mitchell Center. These classes are closed to center attendees. The girls come from the lighthouse drug rehabilitation center, the girls reside there with their children,which is the only rehab in New York State that houses women and their children. Mitchell Martha Community Center is located in Buffalo, New York. This organization primarily operates in the Community Center business / industry within the Social Services sector.
YIS offers weekly yoga classes at the Lighthouse. These classes are closed to center attendees.The Lighthouse provides a supportive recovery environment for women and children. We use a strength-based approach to treatment providing empowerment to live independent and substance free lifestyles
- Individual and group substance abuse treatment
- Trauma informed staff who empower women on a journey of healing for themselves and their families.
- Improvement in parenting skills through the support and role modeling of staff, parent education and counseling
- Development of interpersonal and coping skills
- Relapse prevention training
- Involvement in community activities and identification of community supports
- Opportunities for spiritual exploration, volunteering and vocational training
YIS Community Events
Our YIS Community does lots of fun things. We love to be part of all of the healthy and fun things that happen in Buffalo, NY!
We participate in events across Western New York including the Buffalo Marathon, Namastadium, the Elmwood art Festival and lots of other fun stuff. Come to our meetings and learn how to take part.
We are in the process of completing the paperwork and scheduling for a few exciting projects. These include: Wende Prison, LakeShore Behavioral Health and Erie County Youth Holding Center. If you are interested in working with YIS- please complete the project application process and attend one of our meetings held on the second Saturday of every month, 9:00 am at True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E Ferry, Buffalo, NY 14211.
Previous Projects Conducted by Yogis in Service
In our partnerships across Buffalo, Yogis in Service has made wonderful friends. We have worked with the following programs. We are very grateful for our connections past and present.
PS 45, International School-Buffalo Schools
Students at School 45 come from all over the word. With over 70 countries represented and 40 languages, the school is rich in diversity and culture. The top five languages other than English spoken are Karen, Somali, Burmese, Arabic and Nepali. International School 45 supports a global, multicultural perspective that fosters understanding and acceptance of diversity among students and staff, high academic achievement and social responsibility. Yogis in Service offered weekly classes at School 45. These classes were closed to school attendees. We thank School 45 for their partnership and hope to continue classes in the upcoming school year.
Metro CDC/Delavan Grider Community Center
Low-income youth, senior citizens, and families experience many stressors. Yogis in service partnered with the center to empower the kids who attended the center to help them negotiate and manage those stressors. The introduction of yoga and its principles is an opportunity for the community that we serve to try something different in a familiar atmosphere, thereby eliminating a possible stressor. This program was offered in Spring 2015 and again in Spring 2017. Thank you Grider for your partnership.
West Buffalo Charter School
Yogis in Service offered weekly classes at West Buffalo Charter School. These classes were closed to school attendees. Many of the students have immigrated to Buffalo from other countries. We are very excited for the connections that happens here! West Buffalo Charter School is determined to help each student reach his or her fullest potential.
Daily instruction contains a unique blend of speech and language skills and intensive literacy instruction. West Buffalo Charter School allows students to explore their interests, establish and maintain positive relationships, and maximize their individual successes. To see more from this program, please visit YIS at WBCS To learn more about West Buffalo Charter School, please visit http://www.westbuffalocharter.org
RAGtime Summer Camp (Yogis in Service Yoga at Camp)
RAGtime is a summer day camp in the inner city of Buffalo at Resurrection Lutheran Church.These classes are closed to summer camp attendees. It is an outreach program for the neighborhood, where most of the children live in households where the parents work. RAGtime offers a caring environment, and provides an important spiritual influence. Saturday Summer Program. Yoga was offered by YIS two times a week for six weeks during summer camp.
Yogis in Services taught a six-week yoga session for the families of Women and Children’s Hospital at the Ronald McDonald House- Jody Quinn- Co-sponsored. These classes were closed to patients and their families. These classes were funded by RMHC WNY funds, a Community Granting Program that supports not-for-profit organizations whose programs directly improve the health and well being of children in our WNY communities. See more here http://rmhcwny.org/about-rmhc.
YIS partnered with RE for the Spring 2015 season. We had so much fun. Thank you RE. For more info on RE see this link.