A foundational piece of Sangha Studio’s mission is to provide yoga service initiatives and community outreach programs. We’ve been asked many questions about how it all works and what our programs are all about. So….
How it works: Yoga service programs at Sangha Studio are funded by our Sustaining Memberships, additional fundraising, and donations. We pride ourselves on creating connections within the community, placing teachers who qualifications match each programs needs, and providing the funding needed to offer the appropriate props, materials for each program, and teacher compensation. Participants of every service program we offer take part in yoga for free — that means hundreds of people (of all ages) are practicing yoga that otherwise wouldn’t be! We maintain communication with the organization through the duration of the program to assure its success. Some programs have a budget, some don’t. We operate our service programs just as we do our studio — power in numbers! The more members we have the more service programs we can coordinate.
Below are current and former programs that are supported and hosted through the combined efforts of the community at Sangha Studio. Classes are offered on a one-time, seasonal, or recurring basis at both of our studios, on-site at the program location, and outside in local parks and neighborhoods.
Want to discuss starting a program at an organization? Have a suggestion on who we should reach out to? Email us as email@example.com or fill out the program request form below.
Special THANK YOU to our amazing yoga service teachers below!
Adaptive Chair Yoga for multiple sclerosis & Parkinson's disease
Adaptive yoga aims to bring the yoga practice to those in the varying stages of multiple sclorosis (MS) & Parkinson's disease.
Number served annually: 19
Occurs: 1st & 3rd Thursday, 2-3:15pm at Sangha North
Offered since: November 2015
Bodhi & Mind: Yoga for Recovery
bodhi & mind yoga offers physical, mental, and emotional support to women in every stage of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
Number served annually: varies
Occurs: on individual basis
Offered since: September 2015
LoveYourBrain Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life for people affected by brain injury and raise awareness about the importance of brain health. Sangha Studio hosts the FUNdamentals series, a 6-week introductory yoga series free to charge. Following the series, participants have access to deeply discounted yoga classes.
Number served annually: 30-50
Occurs: on a 6-week rotational series, min. 4 times/year
Offered since: June 2016
From circle sharing to movement to breathing exercises – we’re working to bring yoga & mindfulness to youth of all ages in our community. Our hope is that these classes are able to bring a sense of self-confidence, effective communication, emotional regulation skills to the youth in our community.
Number served annually: 100+ and growing!
Occurs: weekly, during the school, and year-round depending on the program
Offered since: September 2015
"At Lund, we work to break the cycles of poverty, addiction and abuse by supporting pregnant and parenting teens, young adults, and adoptive families with our integrated, compassionate services." In the past, Sangha Studio has hosted “Mommy and Me” classes at the center for children and women in need. Check back as we are in process of updating our class offerings!
Number served annually: 5 families
Occurs: in the planning stages for the next session!
Offered since: March 2016
Our veterans classes happen at the local VA clinic and are adapted for people of any age, yoga experience level (beginners encouraged!) and physical ability. Each class is taught based on the principles of the Veterans Yoga Project.
Number served annually: 8
Occurs: weekly, Fridays 2-3pm at the VA Clinic on Lakeside Ave. in Burlington, VT
Offered since: January 2016
Steps to End Domestic Violence
The mission at Steps to End Domestic Violence "is to assist in the transition to a safe, independent life for all those who have been affected physically, sexually, emotionally, or economically by domestic abuse and to promote a culture that fosters justice, equity and safety." In the past, Sangha Studio has offered a free Sustaining Membership to all people who use their services. Currently, we are in conversations with the program to figure out a better way to offer services so more people can have access to yoga.
Number served annually: 3
Occurs: at Sangha Studio, regular classes
Offered since: December 2015-April 2016
Champlain Senior Center
"The mission of the Champlain Senior Center is to support the independence and well-being of older adults, enhance their dignity and self-respect, and promote their participation in all aspects of community life." Every day there is lunch, activities, and social time that support the mind, body, and spirit. Each week, Sangha Studio hosts a chair yoga class that focuses on range of motion exercises to support their mission.
Number served annually: 12
Occurs: weekly, Thursdays 10:30-11:30am at the Champlain Senior Center, 241 N. Winooski Ave. in Burlington, VT
Offered since: February 2017
The Turning Point Center
"The Turning Point Center of Chittenden County provides space for peer-to-peer recovery activities, fellowship, events, games, fitness, stress management, recovery related programs, various 12 step meetings, and 1-on-1 Recovery Coaching. The Turning Point Center respects all paths to recovery." To support this, Sangha Studio hosts weekly classes aimed at bringing a sense of self to people in recovery.
Number served annually: 9
Occurs: weekly, Thursdays 5-6pm at The Turning Point Center at 191 Bank St. in Burlington, VT
Offered since: April 2017
Learn, Earn, and Prosper (LEAP)
"The Learn, Earn, and Prosper (LEAP) program provides youth, 16-24 years old, who are blind or visually impaired, the opportunity to gain the skills needed to become independent, confident, and productive young adults. The goal of this program is to increase the employable skills of youth in transition which will help lead to meaningful employment." Each summer Sangha Studio is an internship host site for a "LEAPster" intern to support job skills training in customer service, management skills, and non-profit management.
Number served annually: 1-2
Offered since: June 2016