Our Street Yoga project brings yoga to people experiencing homelessness.
When you have to cope with homelessness you don't get to prioritise your mental and physical health and we want to change that.
The Yoga Foundation has partnered with Mission Australia and the St Vincent de Paul Society in Sydney to bring yoga to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. A grant from the City of Sydney in 2016 helped fund this program initially.
We provide disadvantaged, socially isolated and homeless people with free yoga programs designed to bring them respite, give them mental and physical health benefits and provide positive social interaction. Our yoga is aimed at equipping people with some simple skills through postures, breath and mindfulness that can help them manage feelings of stress, anxiety and build mental resilience. Our classes also provide a gentle, inclusive experience that helps participants relax and feeling calm.
These programs were part of a 12 month research project with the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Click here for the full report; key findings were:
Participants reported feeling significantly less stressed, depressed and anxious after the yoga classes
Mental health benefits were the most frequently reported benefit of the yoga classes by participants
A large portion of participants (43%) reported being more confident to engage in other support services after attending The Yoga Foundation classe
If you want to support our Street Yoga programs you can donate here.
Street Yoga at Big Issue's Street Soccer, St Vincent de Paul Society and Mission Australia