Events and Workshops - Past and Future

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Free/donation based yoga classes and events in Santa Cruz County:

Upcoming Events:

All Hands Community Meeting - April 28 - Focused on The Human Race

4-6:15 pm @ Essential Space, 1509 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz

Hey y'all! Our next All Hands Meeting will be on Sunday, April 28th. We will be highlighting a few programs we. are trying to raise money and awareness for:

Yoga for the little warriors: Seed to Tree

Yoga for the Incarcerated: Our Longest-term Jail programs

Yoga For Transition Age Youth: Sequoia School

Yoga for Adults in Recovery: Janus Residential, Outpatient and Perinatal


We will of course be highlighting our other programs as well but this will be a great way to hear about how these programs specifically are shifting the status quo from inequity to equity. From lack of resources to an abundance of tools that can be used for healing.


Come meet other like-minded individuals in your community, learn about how you can be support YFAM in this year's human race, and how you can make a difference in your community, today! This event is always free. Snacks and Wisdom Provided. (Stay a little longer to help us make signs for race day!)

We call them "All Hands" as in "all hands on deck!" We know it takes an entire community to create transformational change. Join us for this month's meeting as we dive into building community through the practice of yoga and a deeper understanding of trauma informed care. This is an opportunity to hear more about what we've been doing as an organization, generate some excitement for upcoming events, gain a deeper understanding of trauma informed care principles and find out ways to volunteer. Snacks and wisdom provided! This event is FREE- as in equitable, as in everyone has a seat at the table. We hope you'll join us and invite your friends along too.


Any questions? Email our founder and director at Shandara@yogaforallmovement.org


WE'RE BACK. IT'S ON. Join Yoga For All Movement Volunteers and Teachers at the Human Race Santa Cruz this year. Read below for how you can get involved in expanding our mission and vision to include more underserved communities, more teachers paying it forward and more nonprofits coming together for a mutually beneficial outcome of EQUITY FOR ALL!


FUNDRAISE: Sign-up on our page at https://www.humanracesc.org/organizations/yoga-for-all-movement


DONATE: You can donate to one of our champion fundraisers' personal page or to our page directly. All proceeds will go directly towards our 12 programs: Santa Cruz Sheriff Department, Heritage Home, Janus of Santa Cruz County, County Office of Education, Live Oak Unified School District, Community Connection, Walnut Avenue Women and Family Center, Siena House, Encompass Community Services: ALTO counseling, Si Se Puede and Santa Cruz Residential Recovery- in the past we’ve also worked with the Juvenile Hall, the Salvation Army, Santa Cruz County Probation Department and Transition Age Youth Services, a program of Encompass.


WALK/RUN: On May 11th at 8am to run or walk for our cause on the day of the race. Registration begins at 8am and the race starts at 9am. YFAM will be there to do yoga before, during and after the race!

Past Events:

Connection Coalition and YFAM are teaming up for another Trauma Informed Outreach Training on March 1-3. More info here.

This certification workshop, taught by Connection Coalition's Marisol Tamez is for anyone who would like to provide outreach yoga programming at schools, shelters, rehab facilities, or through other nonprofit organizations. Working with these populations requires specific skills and awareness so that you can connect with the youth through yoga while providing messages of empowerment, teaching self respect, self awareness and self control. More info here.



On Thanksgiving Day, join us for a special gratitude flow with our founder and executive director, Shandara Gill and special guest teacher Rae Rae Stein at Breath and Oneness Yoga Studio. Michael Downey will be holding it down on the gratitude train with beautiful music accompaniment and a sing along kirtan to wrap up our session.

In a time where it might be difficult to consciously consider what we’re grateful for, let’s gather as a community to tap into our universal heart of compassion. We can source our gratitude to heal ourselves within our community; and therefore, be a source of healing for others.

Donation based, Sliding Scale starting at $10, proceeds will benefit Yoga For All Movement and Second Harvest Food Bank. More info here.


9:30am- Dharma talk, how do we stay grateful in the midst of pain and suffering?

9:40am- Gratitude Vinyasa Flow

10:35am- Meditation

Sing along Kirtan with Michael Downey


Let’s give thanks for everything wonderful that is already present in our lives. We’ll see you on the mats, loves.

Join us for donation-based community yoga at Hotel Paradox every Sunday morning 9:30-10:30!

Our classes are open to everyone! Come and join the YFAMily every Sunday. All you need is an open mind. Yoga mats provided! Donations accepted and support Yoga For All Movement programs and expansion.

Upcoming Transformational Retreat!

Yoga For All Movement goes to Tahoe! We are collaborating with Sweaty Sheep, Living Evolution, Shared Adventures, Downtown Streets Team, Adventure N’ Learn and Happy HeART studio to bring a soul-nurturing retreat to individuals experiencing homelessness, isolated children and families and adults with special needs. More news coming soon about this September 9th-14th holistic retreat between these transformational organizations!

Join us on Sunday, September 23rd from 2-5pm at Pleasure Point Yoga for a special workshop centered around somatic healing.

Your body is a miracle of self-healing properties. Truly! Join us as we tap into our ability to heal ourselves, embody a greater awareness for where we hold onto our past, where trauma resides in the body and the barriers we have to healing, overall. This is a comprehensive workshop drawing the link between yoga, trauma-informed care and somatic healing.

We hope you'll join us for our very first educational workshop hosted by Yoga For All Movement with guest teachers: Shandara Gill & Lela Carney.


July 19, 6-7:30 pm - Shake The Square - Yoga and Meditation

Thursday's Shake the Square series continues with a free yoga and meditation class.

Come together and learn from the local non-profit, the Yoga For All Movement, in the Secret Garden. Participate in a follow-up dialogue on community and social change.

All you need is an open mind. We have limited supply of yoga mats - first come first served.

Donations accepted and support Yoga For All Movement programs and expansion.

All experience levels welcome.

Fundraising starts March 28.

Pay It Forward: Fundraiser for Gravity Water - February 2018


Yoga Fest - October 2017

Yoga Fest was YFAM’s first public event and we are so glad to have been able to share with you.

Hannah Muse, accompanied with the lovely sound healing from Michael Downey and Terre Le, warmed us up and opened our hearts with a playful and profound yoga class.

After we stretched, breathed, laughed, and connected we tread further along the path to stillness and opening with the help from Mel and Joseph from Mind Body Awareness Project. We saw a glimpse into their experiences teaching meditation to youth in juvenile halls and were led into a deep and serene glimpse into our own experience through a guided meditation led by Joseph.

At this point we were primed to hear the experiences of our esteemed and passionate panel of speakers: Ayla Benjamin, Patterson Emisebe, Nicole Steward, and Martine Watkins. All of whom burn brightly for yoga equity and restorative justice.

Yoga For All Movement knows that it takes a village to create transformational change. This would not be possible without the generous gifts of our community and knowing that we have support in our mission to bring yoga to ALL in Santa Cruz County, the Central Coast, and beyond.

Summer Series at Hotel Paradox - 2017

Yoga For All Movement provided donation based, trauma informed, outdoor yoga to the Santa Cruz community at Hotel Paradox

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