May 8, 2014
May 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friend


Spring is in full bloom here in the Pacific Northwest and it's a great time to do some intention setting as we all plant seeds for our continued evolution.  What moves you? What changes do you want to see in yourself AND in the world?


At Street Yoga we have a commitment to the social justice model to bring change to the world. Check out a recent article written by our Program Director, Hilliary Black, to see how the social model (versus the medical model) informs our work.


This past month was Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Take a look at Sondra Bloxam's (SY Outreach Director) article on how Street Yoga joined in to take a stand on this issue using the social justice lens.


At Street Yoga we strive to help the youth we serve build resilience and also to teach others, through our training program, how to serve youth in this way as well.  Thank you for helping us in our efforts.


As Margaret Mead says:


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."  




Daniel Flynn

Executive Director





Street Yoga Trainer, Ivy Mer, will be facilitating a special training on Trauma-Informed Yoga at Prasanthi Studio: Family Yoga & Wellness, just outside of New York City this June!


Ivy has worked in the mental health field since 2007 including wilderness therapy, residential treatment and outpatient counseling clinics.  Her experience as a trainer draws from years of working with people from a variety of populations and with various backgrounds and life experiences. 




Street Yoga Founder and Lead Trainer, Mark Lilly, will be facilitating a special training on Trauma-Informed Yoga at High Desert Yoga this June!


Mark is a mindfulness and communication trainer who has taught workshops all over North America to widely diverse audiences. Mark has extensive expertise in community- as well as hospital-based mindfulness practices, and has provided Mindful Communication workshops for physicians, along with similar trainings for counselors, nurses and social workers.







Harry's Mother, a program of Janus Youth and Garfield House Emergency Shelter, the only comprehensive youth crisis center in the Portland metropolitan area, provides 24-hour crisis intervention, emergency shelter and individual and family counseling to youth ages 9 to 17 and their families.  


A national "best practice" program, Harry's Mother helps over 500 youth and their families through its Crisis Intervention and Counseling Center and confidential Garfield House Shelter while a 24-hour Youth and Family Help Line provides immediate support and information and referral to 2,500 callers each year.  


The Harry's Mother program with Janus Youth has been a Street Yoga partner site since 2003.  Because the length of time youth spend at the shelter is generally quite small, the goals of the yoga and mindfulness classes at Harry's Mother is to create a space and give tools for relaxation.  It also provides the youth with alternatives to their normal exposure of activities and helps them to understand what yoga actually is.  Street Yoga volunteers continuously provide this introduction to yoga at Harry's Mother through creative and engaging classes to help the youth find a greater sense of calm and relaxation.






Saturday, May 31 4:30PM - 6:15PM  


We are excited to be hosting a very special screening of HAPPY, the latest award-winning film from Academy AwardŽ nominated director, Roko Belic (Genghis Blues), which takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion. 


Following the film, we will have a panel discussion with leaders in the field of yoga service and contemplative science:

Michael Faith, Executive Director, Living Yoga
Hilliary Black, Program Director, Street Yoga   
Laura Carim Todd, Researcher, OHSU






We are so thankful to our friends at Sun Gate Studio for their monthly Community Kirtan events that help to support Street Yoga. It is truly a beautiful offering when we lifting our voices and hearts in song and celebration. Stay tuned for another kirtan in the coming months!



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Street Yoga is a nationally recognized non-profit organization that teaches yoga, mindfulness and compassionate communication to youth and families struggling with homelessness, poverty, abuse, addiction, trauma, and behavioral challenges, so that they can grow stronger, heal from past traumas, and create for themselves lives that are inspired, safe, and joyful. Street Yoga started in Portland, OR in 2002 and now holds weekly classes at over 25 sites. Learn more at