YogaCare catalyzes the spread of yoga in under-resourced communities to promote health. We believe that when people have an opportunity to connect with each other in a safe and welcoming space to engage in positive health behaviors, they can take proactive steps in their own lives, leading to increased healing potential and healthier communities. We believe that yoga is for all, and we strive to make the healing benefits of yoga accessible for all, regardless of ability to pay. We envision a world of lovingkindness in which everyone treats themselves and others with love and compassion, where yoga is available and accessible for all and provided by culturally responsive well-trained teachers, and society values yoga for its healing potential.
YogaCare partners with neighborhood organizations to develop customized, safe, and welcoming programs for individuals of all levels and backgrounds to manage stress, pain, and chronic diseases and to foster community. Community Yoga - Classes tailored for adults and families to address the health needs of each organization’s clients and community members
Specialized Yoga Group Visits - Programs customized for adults to address particular health conditions with an interdisciplinary team approach such as substance use and mental and emotional health
Scholarship Program - Partnering with local yoga teacher training programs to train select YogaCare students to become yoga teachers and empower them to teach in community settings
Self-Care for Health Care Sessions - Workshops and strategies for integrating mind-body practices for health care and social service providers’ workday
YogaCare also coordinates the Socially Engaged Yoga Network, offering professional development, networking, and capacity building for yoga teachers and organizations in the Chicagoland area interested in providing community-based yoga service work in fields such as trauma-informed practice, criminal justice, sustainability, social services, and education/youth development. We center the margins of those who have not been historically included in yoga in order to create a lasting citywide impact and collective action.