One of the founding principles of Yoga Everyone is giving back to our community. We have all experienced times of need, financially and emotionally. No matter how hard things have been for each of us, we also realize there are always those who face tougher challenges. Connecting in moments of joy and sorrow, of need and abundance allows us to strengthen our bonds and grow our hearts. We can offer ourselves in beautiful ways–large and small–that celebrate life in all moments.
Each teacher has selected an organization within our community that touches them deeply. Our intention is to raise awareness on each of these wonderful organizations, supporting them and our community. This page is intended to support, inform and inspire–please take a look below!
Aimee’s Spotlight: SociAbilities, Westlake Village
Social skills classes meet weekly discussing different topics from sources including “Skillstreaming”” and “Social Thinking”. Sessions include cooperative play skills, initiating and sustaining friendships, recognizing social cues, practicing techniques to help control impulses, skills to promote empathy, practice expressing feelings and identification of personal space. Sessions include play time, board games, discussion, snack and art. Classes are divided by ability and age.
Beth’s Spotlight: Women’s Odyssey House, Canoga Park
Women’s Odyssey is a licensed and certified Residential Treatment Program, with strong 12-step orientation, in which every woman can acquire the skills to overcome her addiction(s) and develop a productive, sober way of life that fulfills her potential. The Odyssey House is a complete Treatment Facility, in a home like setting, that offers structure in a supportive atmosphere to assist residents in implementing the necessary steps to overcome addiction.
Kate’s Spotlight: Senior Concerns, Thousand Oaks
Serving the community since 1975, Senior Concerns is a private, non-profit organization, dedicated to serving the senior community and especially frail and special-need seniors, caregivers and families by providing quality programs, appropriate resources and educational outreach. raising funds and developing and administering quality-of-life programs for seniors with special needs.
Krista’s Spotlight: Cancer Support Community, Westlake Village
Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara ensures that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. All programs and services are provided free of charge.
Mary’s Spotlight: Mountains Restoration Trust, Calabasas
For more than 30 years Mountains Restoration Trust (MRT) has worked to preserve, protect and restore this fragile ecosystem by offering responsible preservation and restoration programs, acquiring resource-rich land, and offering educational and recreational activities to the public.
Samantha’s Spotlight: Buena Vista Butterfly Foundation, Westlake Village
The Buena Vista Butterfly Foundation is committed to providing compassionate financial gifts for struggling hospice families’ needs. Expenses at the end of life can be catastrophic. Some medical expenses may be covered by insurance, but day-to-day living expenses are not. Families can spend their life savings and caregivers can lose their jobs from absenteeism when a life-limiting health condition arises. The Buena Vista Butterfly Foundation was created to relieve some of the financial burden that struggling families experience during the time of hospice.
Sara’s Spotlight: Edible School Yard
I am one of those people who live to eat, you would never know it looking at me but, I LOVE food. I understand the value and place it needs to hold in our lives. With yoga, all you really need to practice is your body and mind, both of which are greatly influenced by the food and drinks we put in our body. I think it’s wildly important that we teach our children how food is grown, where food comes from, how it is prepared and how all those elements effect the human body and mind.