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Working with communities and supporting teachers to offer socially inclusive yoga

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Welcome to the Bristol Yoga Roots Project

We envision a world where the benefits of yoga are available to all. Sadly this is far from the case, with most yoga spaces largely inaccessible to some of the most under-resourced communities, who are paradoxically often those most likely to benefit from yoga practices. Our contribution to addressing this is to partner with local organisations (e.g. drug and alcohol support, domestic abuse charities, refugee and asylum seeker support and secondary mental health services) to offer tailored, trauma-informed yoga to under-represented populations in Bristol. Alongside this, we are building & supporting a community of yoga practitioners with similar values and championing wider change in the Bristol yoga community

How are we creating our vision?

Outreach Classes

We partner with organisations across Bristol to offer warm, welcoming and trauma-informed yoga sessions that offer a sense of connection and fun! We work alongside those who may be least likely to access yoga studios, but who may benefit the most from what yoga has to offer

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Sharing Spaces

We love connecting with other teachers and teacher trainees to learn from and lean into each other. To support this BYRP offers regular reflective practice, learning spaces and peer supervision where we unpack topics such as inclusivity, accessibility, antiracism and de-colonisation in relation to yoga

Training

Offering outreach community yoga requires a commitment to continued learning, reflection and accountability. To support teachers with this work we offer training sessions developed with expertise from trauma-informed practice, clinical psychology, community work, anatomy & physiology and current research