Teach yogaG

Thank you for your interest in empowering women and children through yoga. yogaG mobilizes yoga instruction exclusively in domestic violence shelters. Please complete the application and yogaG will contact you shortly.
NOTE: Some shelters may not allow male yoga instructors; however, male instructors looking to give back through yogaG are encouraged to complete the application or contact yogaGto discuss other ways to help.

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Why are you interested in volunteering for yogaG (include relevant personal or professional information)?
Describe why you believe yoga instruction may benefit women and children living in domestic violance shelters?
Please list all work and volunteer experience for the past five years. Include the name of the employer/organization, position held, dates of employment/volunteer service, duties, responsibilities, and name of supervisor.
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Have you been convicted of a crime? *
If Yes (other than minor driving infraction), please explain:
How long have you been practicing yoga and what style(s) do you practice? *
Are you certified in yoga instruction? If so, please provide certification information.
Please describe your yoga teaching background.
Are you currently teaching yoga?
If Yes, please provide a listing of your classes. Include class name/type/location.
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Number of miles you are willing to travel from your primary address listed above to teach yogaG: *
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Number of hours per month you are willing to teach yogaG:
Note: Shelter staff and instructors are encouraged to work together to select an agreeable time to conduct yogaG classes.
Volunteer Agreement: The content of my yogaG instructor Application is true to the best of my knowledge. I understand that teaching for yogaG is done a volunteer basis and I will not be paid for my service. By signing below, I authorize yogaG to disclose my application to a domestic violence shelter(s) in my area for consideration as an instructor. I understand that shelter staff may request additional information including but not limited to my social security number to conduct any necessary background checks. I further understand that shelter staff may require training beyond that provided by yogaG. *
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Letter to Shelter Directors

Just a few years ago I was living in a domestic violence shelter in Iowa. I arrived in the middle of the night with my two daughters. I was in pretty bad shape. I found the shelter staff to be extremely helpful, even if I wasn't always feeling open to their help. I am so thankful that they stuck with me and continued to provide encouragement as I made positive steps along my healing journey. 

Three years after I moved out of the shelter, I came in contact with yogaG. The organizer of yogaG, Sarah Johnson, was starting a new program in the same shelter where I stayed with my daughters for about nine months. yogaG is an organization that gives shelter residents some crucial tools to help them become stronger and healthier. yogaG provides free yoga instruction, a free mat, and a chance for women to take some time out of their day to just relax, breathe, and try some yoga postures.

Yoga has helped me connect with my inner and outer strength. yogaG offers opportunities for women and children to practice yoga right in the shelter. Yoga has helped me regain power and control over my body and provides me the ability to center myself. 

Yoga has helped me feel better about myself, more relaxed, and amazingly strong! I hope that you will consider offering yogaG in your shelter - I really believe your clients will benefit from it. 

I wish you well,

a domestic violence survivor

P.S. - Kids LOVE yoga too!
Frequently Asked Questions: Shelter Directors
  • What is yoga? There are many different ways to define yoga. The word "yoga" means to unite the mind, body and spirit. Practicing yoga helps find a place of balance and joy and helps you connect with your inner and outer strength.
  • What is yogaG? yogaG is an organization that offers free yoga classes and free yoga mats in domestic violence shelters. Instructors are specially trained to teach women and children living in shelters.
  • Why do yoga? Yoga offers many physical, mental and spiritual benefits. Yoga may help create a sense of well being and calm, reduce stress and tension, help regain power and control over your body and tons more!
  • Is yoga a type of religion? The practice of yoga does not require a belief in a certain religion, doctrine or philosophy. yogaG instructors do not talk about yoga philosophy or religion during classes offered at the shelter. Yoga in the shelter is very low key and relaxing!
  • What if shelter residentsare unfamiliar with yoga (or excercise generally)? No problem! Yoga taught in the shelter is appropriate for beginners. Participants are encouraged to let their instructor knowabout any physical conditions or limitations that might impactthe ability to do certain postures. Most women and children that come to class have never tried yoga before.
  • How much space is need to host a yoga class? Many shelters have limited space. That's ok! Usually furniture in community rooms, offices or dining rooms can be moved out of the way to provide adequate space to conduct yoga classes. Contact yogaG about space limitations at your shelter. 

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