Socially Engaged Practice
Sola values inclusive practices that serve individuals and communities.
We know that an essential element of any sustainable practice for individuals is in giving back to one's community. An important part of our training methodology is to incorporate hands-on, real world experience. This experience serves yoga teachers in becoming equipped to meet the needs of diverse students and clients. It also provides our community partners with invaluable service, bringing embodiment and mindfulness to social service institutions and underserved populations who, for various reasons, may find many yoga classes at studios inaccessible.
north portland yoga
SOLA graduates are offered the opportunity to grow their skill sets by teaching SOLA Hatha Community classes at North Portland Yoga. Offered by donation to the NoPo community twice weekly, SOLA classes focus on accessibility and are a space for everyone's body and needs. Each class offers a loose structure with focus on mind-body connections that improve balance, mobility and strength. Meditation and breath practices support mental and emotional health, and physical movements are offered with plenty of modifications and props to support the body in optimal alignment and joyful movement. North Portland Yoga also partners with SOLA to generously support & provide enriching space for holding workshops, events & trainings.
SOLA graduates are offered the opportunity gain teaching experience at Yoga NW. Graduates teach classes to support Yoga NW's mission of accessibility, body positivity and inclusivity. SOLA teachers have also developed and offer weekly classes at Yoga NW the LGBTQIA community.
Martin Luther King, Jr. School
Martin Luther King, Jr. School is a diverse public Portland elementary school serving grades K-8. SOLA graduates bring Mindful Movement into the classroom using a short 15-30 minute class model that incorporates mindfulness, somatic awareness, and exercise in complement with the classroom teacher’s lesson plan and study focus. During the 2017-2018 school year SOLA teachers taught Mindful Movement to 17 classrooms weekly.
ROSE HAVEN DAY SHELTER AND COMMUNITY CENTER
Rose Haven Day Shelter and Community Center serves women and children experiencing the trauma of abuse, loss of home and other disruptive life challenges. SOLA graduates offer Rose Haven guests a weekly one-hour "Every Body Yoga" class that offers accessible options for movement, breathing, and mindfulness practices supporting physical health and emotional resilience.
HOLLYWOOD SENIOR CENTER
Hollywood Senior Center promotes the health, independence and well-being for adults 55 and older by providing services and activities for all older adults across a full spectrum of interests and needs. SOLA participates in the Aging Mastery program that runs quarterly and offers seniors resources and support in many areas of life including fitness and mental health. Every year we provide HSC with 1-4 teachers who offer gentle yoga and chair yoga classes.
PUBLIC ANNEX (PREVIOUSLY PROJECT GROW)
Public Annex is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Portland, Oregon, that provides accessible urban farming and arts programming, focusing on inclusivity of adult artists and farmers with physical and cognitive disabilities. Here SOLA provides 2-4 teachers per 6 months who teach 1-2 classes weekly in yoga, meditation, and contemplative arts.
ROSEMARY ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL
Rosemary Anderson High School serves alienated and at-risk youth affected by poverty, family instability and homelessness. SOLA provides up to 9 teachers per year who offer yoga and meditation classes for Rosemary Anderson students and faculty. SOLA teachers have also provided specific focus workshops on topics such as: Mindfulness for Parenting, Body Positive Fitness, and Stress Reduction.