Socially Engaged Practice
Sola values inclusive practices that serve individuals and communities. We also know that an essential element of any sustainable practice for individuals is in the giving back to one's community. An important part of our training methodology is to incorporate hands-on, real world experience. This experience serves our 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, will find most yoga classes at studios inaccessible.
Below you will find descriptions for our current partners. We are excited to continue to expand our partnerships and service offerings. If you are part of an organization that would benefit from partnership with Sola, please contact us to set up a time to discuss.
Hollywood Senior Center
Hollywood Senior Center promotes the health, independence and well-being for adults 55 and older. They provide services and activities for all older adults across a full spectrum of interests and needs.
Here 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 twice weekly gentle yoga and chair yoga classes.
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. Here Sola provides up to 9 teachers per year who offer yoga and meditation classes for students and faculty. Our teachers have also provided specific focus workshops on topics such as: Mindfulness for Parenting, Body Positive Fitness, and Stress Reduction.