Quote from YogaLOVE 2014 Participant
Photo from YogaLOVE 2014, credit to Bennett Blodgett

Dear friend, 


This month we are proud to announce our the newest member of the Street Yoga Team: Misha Bell, our new Director of Operations.  Misha is leading our Yoga for Youth and Care for the Caregiver Class Programs and will also be helping us with grant writing and other development activities.  Below is a note from Misha to the Street Yoga Community: 


I am thrilled to join Street Yoga as the new Director of Operations! This position beautifully integrates and leverages my combined experience in yoga, social justice, management, and business development. From the moment that I first heard about the position, I knew it was a perfect fit!

I began my career in international human rights law more than a decade ago, earning two human rights fellowships through which I worked to advance gender equality, before building an independent global consulting practice dedicated to providing domestic and foreign clients with project management and business development solutions. Along the way, I took my personal passion for yoga and wellness to the professional sphere, becoming an E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher, a Certified Yoga & Ayurveda Health Educator, and a Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor. I have been blessed to study and teach in India, as well as the United States and Europe. 


A native Northwesterner, I am especially honored to contribute my experience to the sustained growth and vitality of a Seattle-based nonprofit providing direct yoga services to the community. I look forward to meeting all of Street Yoga's dedicated volunteers and supporters, and working together to advance the vision and mission of this exceptional organization. 

With warm wishes,

Jessica & Misha

Street Yoga is participating in Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG Day 2015!  GiveBIG is a one-day, charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to non-profit organizations who make the Seattle area a healthier and more vital place to live.  Each donation made through the Seattle Foundation on May 5th will receive a prorated portion of the matching funds ("stretch pool").  The amount of the "stretch" depends on the size of the stretch pool and how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day.  

New this year: Throughout the day on May 5, the Seattle Foundation will be giving away GOLDEN TICKETS. Donors will be chosen at random from all donations made up to the time of the drawing. The winners will have an additional $1000 given in their name to the same charity that received their donation!

Aditi Studio is Street Yoga's May Studio of the Month!  Mark your calendars, Aditi is  hosting TWO donation-based classes: 
  1. Sunday, May 17 at 10:00AM, Slow Flow Yoga led by Maria Williquette
  2. Thursday, May 28 at 7:30PM, Prenatal Yoga led by Julie Morse (Aditi Studio owner and Street Yoga board member)

The studio is in Wallingford; both classes are 75 minutes.


          JUNE 27, 2015.   200 YOGIS.   $15,000.

Registration for YogaLOVE 2015 is now open.  You can find information about the event on our website: here.  There are prizes for the TWO highest fundraisers AND everyone who raises/donates $108+ is entered into our wellness prize basket raffle.  We've created a step-by-step guide to make fundraising easy.

We've got a stellar teacher line-up for this year's event.  Here's a sneak peak of two of the nine phenomenal teachers you'll meet at YogaLOVE 2015:

Leah Zaccaria Owner: hauteyoga Queen Anne, shefayoga Roosevelt 

Being avidly into fitness, dance, and movement, I became passionate for yoga in 2006. Yoga changed my life. Coming from a stressful corporate environment where I work as a CPA for 15 years, yoga helped me quiet my mind and see my life for what it was and how I wanted it to be.

It had been a dream of mine to own my own business.  I decided to marry my business expertise with my passion for yoga to create a studio that would be successful from a business standpoint but also reach and help people physically, emotionally and spiritually. Building community has become a primary focus for my vision.  I want my studios to be a place where people feel safe and loved unconditionally. 

My first studio, hauteyoga Queen Anne has been open since 2009 and has grown into something bigger and better than I ever dreamed.  I feel it is my dharma (purpose) to continue to build and foster communities in the Seattle area.  shefayoga Roosevelt was born from this vision. I opened shefayoga in 2013.  I am extremely excited to have sister studios, each carrying the vision, but with their own unique being.

I am inspired and love to share messages of inspiration while practicing the asanas (poses). I want to bring out the best in you in my classes.

Ivo Grossi Teacher and Guest Lecturer, ivogrossi.com, ClubZum Seattle

My path is to integrate Material and Spiritual.  My background in Sustainable Business encompasses 20 years of executive experience in the health, fitness and wellness space. 

Over the last 15 years I have studied meditation under the Shambhala Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche and Holistic Yoga under the compassionate guidance of Saul David Raye.

Years of Shamanic practice in the vegetalismo tradition have added substantial transpersonal healing to my being and a completely new layer of depth to the very practical integration work I am called to do in this lifetime.  These wisdom disciplines and training systems have crystalized the idea that Mind, Body and Heart must go together in achieving real wellness and living from one's own true center.

My classes, coaching sessions, workshops and retreats are a journey of healing and transformation that stoke one's vital energy through the pathways of the breath, heart and gut.  Visit my blog to learn more.


Street Yoga has been chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the Healing Roots Collaborative event on August 23, 2015 at St. Edwards State Park in Kenmore, WA hosted by Divine Roots Wellness.  To learn more about this event and to learn how you can participate, check out their Indiegogo page.

A day of respite for caregivers.  Make space for a day of physical, emotional and mental nourishment- a day away to rest, gather tools for self-care, reconnect with your motivation, and feel inspired to return to your caregiving role. 

It is essential to take time for yourself when you spend much of your time caring for others. Yet, it can be difficult to have the time and money to do so. This retreat was designed especially for caregivers who are looking for the benefits of a retreat but can't spend hundreds of dollars to go away for a long weekend. 

When: May 30, 2015
Where: Discovery Park Environmental Center
Cost: $80 including lunch; Group discounts available

Located in the city of Seattle, but in a beautiful and natural setting, you can take one day to let go of stress, relax, and connect with your joy. More info here.


Learn how to integrate yoga and mindfulness into your work with young people facing adversity.  You will leave with tools to modify and adapt your teaching skills to better serve your target population. 

Coming soon
St. Petersberg, FL

Street Yoga is partnering with CorePower Yoga Seattle for their Earth Day, Give a Mat & Get a Mat drive. Recycle your used yoga mat (donated to Street Yoga!) and get 20% off a new yoga mat. 

We hope you can join us at the Omega Institute for this annual gathering of yogis, social service providers, social activists and others looking to connect, share and learn as we seek to make yoga accessible and safe for all. 

You do not need to be a yoga teacher, or even a yoga practitioner to benefit from this conference. Social workers, school teachers, health-care providers, counselors, yoga teachers, mindfulness teachers and many others will find resources, tools and community at this gathering.

This year, in an effort to make the conference as accessible as possible, tiered pricing is available to everyone. Learn more and register.

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THE SAMARYA CENTER offers $100 off their Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT) trainings to all active Street Yoga teachers!  Read about IMT here.




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 www.streetyoga.org.