"When I feel like I am being carried away or that I am out 
of control, I stop and press my feet into the ground, 
so that I can feel myself firmly on the earth."
- Street Yoga Youth Participant

Dear friend, 

A crisp winter breeze is in the air, days are shorter and nights are growing longer. December is upon us and it reminds us to pause for a moment and reflect on the past as well as on what is coming ahead. 

As we move into this season of giving, we are introducing our annual Exhale Joy Campaign, in which we ask for your support of our essential work.

Street Yoga offers yoga and mindfulness classes to youth with Adverse Childhood Experiences at various residential, transitional and mental health facilities in the greater Seattle area.  Last year we served over 1700 young people.  By offering these classes, we are reaching youth at a critical time in their lives and offering them a toolkit for self-directed healing, regulation and grounding.  We also offer trauma-informed yoga trainings for professionals throughout North America.

We hope that you will support Street Yoga's work and vision. In the green panel below you will find five levels of giving-- you can see how your gift supports this important work! We would like to thank you in advance for helping make yoga accessible to the young people who need it most and for your commitment to brighter, stronger and healthier futures for youth facing adversity.  

Be kind.  Be present.  Be grateful.  Be generous.

With gratitude,

Richelle, Jillene and Veronica.
The Street Yoga Team

What Your Gift Can Do...

Provides a yoga for youth class at one partner site for one year. 
That's 45-50 classes per year for up to 20 youth per class.

Provides all of the scholarships for one of Street 
Yoga's Trauma-Informed Yoga Trainings (4-5 partial scholarships)

Provides five one time trial classes for organizations deciding if Street 
Yoga classes are right for their Program Site.

Provides three continuing education trainings for our volunteer teachers, including 
workshops on trauma, the science of addiction, and adapting yoga postures.

Provides mats, mat cleaner and blocks for one partner site.


At Street Yoga we are extremely thankful for our sponsors that assisted in our mission throughout this year. We want to thank our partner 8 Limbs Yoga Centers for offering Thanksgiving Day benefit classes and for its support during the entire year.  

We also want to thank CorePower Yoga Seattle for its Thanksgiving Day classes as well.  
These contributions enabled us to offer classes to youth around Seattle and we could not be more grateful with the outcome and all the support we have received.  


We are pleased to welcome aboard two new members to our team!

Training and Outreach Director

Jillene's  background is rich in strategy, advocacy and engagement, stemming from an exceptionally meaningful career in Federal Government. Complementing her  professional success is a contemplative tapestry of yoga, mindfulness, and philanthropic contribution. Together, they bring a balance of competence and compassion that will help Street Yoga expand its ability to impact the lives of vulnerable and traumatized youth.

Jillene's background in yoga started in India more than ten years ago when she was certified as a Yoga Siromani at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Neyyar Dam. Steeped in Advaita Vedanta, she is a Jnana Yoga practioner whose knowledge and background have been expanded through continued training in Non-Violent Communications, Global Negotiation, Mindful Leadership, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Yoga for Healing.

Believing that being of service to others is the greatest possible gift we give ourselves, Jillene's philanthropic work has taken her from board member, to client adviser, to yoga sutra editor and beyond.

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Veronica Burgos is a Buenos Aires, Argentina native now living in Seattle, WA. Currently she is pursuing a Marketing major at the University of Washington and has chosen to do so after working several years as a marketing coordinator supporting a service international brand where she was responsible for the planning, development and initiation of the marketing strategies across the portfolio complementing them with market research, public relations and social media.

Besides her occupational interest in marketing, Veronica has always been an active part of the community and for as long as she can remember has had a passion for children/youth. She was a scholarship recipient for her service as a volunteer tutor for ESL kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Kirkland.  Veronica currently spends her spare time teaching Spanish at an after-school program at Pathfinder Elementary and teaching youth Snowboarding at The Summit in Snoqualmie. 

Veronica found her love for yoga for its true encouragement to live authentically. She believes in the power of positivity and in the benefits of the practice. To be able to share her new found passion she pursued a certification as a children's yoga teacher.  Veronica believes in Street Yoga's mission and is honored to be a part of it, as she finds that her position merges the best of both worlds.

Jillene and Veronica will be working closely with the studios and training programs, don't hesitate to call or email them to introduce yourself!


Our weekend training is Street Yoga's core curriculum. It offers an inspiring and heart-felt introduction to the field of yoga service for youth experiencing life challenges. The densely-packed 14-hour training focuses on a wide-variety of practical, hands-on skills needed to serve youth with yoga and meditation in the real world. Areas for exploration and practice include communicating effectively, maintaining safety in the classroom, promoting healthy boundaries, choosing postures and exercises, handling challenging behaviors and situations, and collaborating with agencies. More about the Trauma-Informed Yoga Trainings HERE.

JANUARY 27-29, 2017
with Mark Lilly
Hosted by


FEBRUARY 24-26 2017  
with Ivy Katz

Hosted by 


MARCH 3-5, 2017 
with Jessica Gershwin

Hosted by 

MARCH 10-12, 2017 
with Mark Lilly

Hosted by 
Training Held at



Cedar Rapids, IA - January 27-29, 2017
 Lousiville, KY - February 24-26, 2017
Denver, CO - March 3-5, 2017
 Flint, MI- March 10-12, 2017
Minneapolis, MN - March 31-April 2, 2017

Not seeing  a training near you?  
Bring a Street Yoga Training to your region!


Reflections on the Nikki Myers Lecture by Gabi Esser

"This lecture and practice was a perfect complement to Street Yoga, because it focused on how trauma affects our physical, but also emotional and energetic bodies. I left this evening feeling reflective, but with a deep sense of hope and a new perspective on the power of Yoga to release physical and emotional scar tissues on out bodies."


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8 LIMBS YOGA CENTERS chose Street Yoga as their Community Giving partner for 2016, their 20th year of business in Seattle. 8 Limbs donated a portion of their April profits and 100% of their Thanksgiving benefit classes to support Street Yoga's work to offer a safe space to trauma-sensitive youth in our communities. 8 Limbs Yoga Centers' mission is to create a supportive, inclusive, and non-competitive 
atmosphere in which yoga practitioners can learn and grow. Learn more here. 

JOYNE YOGA offers a Buy One, Gift One program. For every mat purchase, Joyne Yoga gifts a mat to someone in need. Street Yoga is grateful to be one of the organizations that receive these gifted mats through the program. Learn more here.

There are many ways to join our movement and become a Street Yoga advocate!  We are all teachers, caregivers, volunteers and family members -- participate in one of our Trauma-Informed Yoga Training at a city near you.  You can show your support by shopping, and donning, Street Yoga merchandise - all proceeds to support our programs!

Street Yoga is a nationally recognized non-profit organization that teaches yoga, mindfulness and compassionate communication to youth and families experiencing 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.  Learn more at