Events and Workshops - Past and Future

Support accessible yoga in Santa Cruz by practicing with us!

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

Upcoming Events:

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

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

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.

Past Events:

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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