Around North America, there are enthusiastic selfless yoga teachers who want to take their teaching out of the studio and into their communities. There are also service organizations (and prisons, women’s shelters, youth centres) who have heard of the benefits of yoga but don’t how to access teachers who can serve their populations.
Enter the Yoga Service Council. As founding member Jennifer Cohen Harper (of Little Flower Yoga) explains in this video interview, the council was formed in 2009 to “support individuals and organizations to best serve and empower their communities through yoga and mindfulness.” For the past three years, the council has been growing organically, drawing in member organizations and refining their vision and purpose.
Now, the council is ready to make their presence known, and the upcoming Yoga Service Conference (May 18 – 20) at the Omega Institute is their “debutante ball.” The intention of the conference is to forge relationships, build skills and inspire both yoga teachers and service providers. With community leaders such as Gabor Maté, Seane Corne and Beryl Bender Birch, the conference looks like it will be a groundbreaking event and an amazing opportunity to see where yoga and service can meet.
Learn more about the Yoga Service Council and the first annual Yoga Service Conference in my conversation with Jennifer!