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At Fine Balance Yoga we teach therapeutic yoga classes and offer individual sessions to trauma survivors struggling with addiction, depression and anxiety, teaching them healthy self-regulation strategies to empower them to live connected and embodied lives. We also  train yoga teachers and clinicians in the trauma-informed yoga theory and techniques required to support trauma survivors in their healing, long-term stability and recovery. 

Are there better ways to treat traumatic stress?

Psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, founder of Brookline’s Trauma Center and author of a new book, believes options beyond drugs are crucial. In his words:

"Many of the best treatments [for trauma] are not widely available because drugs and the drug companies are so dominant. It’s hard to get funding for anything else that might make people better. For example, yoga turns out to be a very good treatment for PTSD but, up until now, I’m the only person to get money from the National Institutes of Health to study that. The most important thing to overcome trauma is to help people feel safe in their own bodies. Things like yoga, meditation, certain forms of massage [can help accomplish that]."

Click here to read the article from the Boston Globe

Click here for (limited) access to a free one-hour talk with Dr. Bessel van der Kalk on brain, mind and body in the healing of trauma. 

Yoga for Depression & Anxiety

Join Nicole at Ocean and Crow Studio for this 5-week series exploring yoga and mindfulness for mental and emotional well-being. 

Where: Ocean and Crow Yoga Studio
When: Wednesdays, 1:15 pm-2:45 pm, October 1st-October 29th.
Cost: $90+tax for 5 sessions. Preregistration required; no drop ins.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training at Ocean & Crow Yoga Space

When: November 15th-18th 2014

Where: 1707 Grant St. Just off Commercial Drive
Cost:  $455 plus GST; payment plans available; A deposit of $100
reserves your spot.

Yoga teachers and other practitioners can help address the aftermath of traumatic experiences, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, addiction, depression and anxiety. Trauma sensitive yoga can help to teach clients/students safe body-based self-regulation techniques that may assist in day-today functioning and long term healing. In this training, yoga teachers and other clinicians will learn how to build a trauma sensitive yoga class and how to teach yoga-based self-regulation techniques to meet the needs of a wide variety of individuals.
25 hours Yoga Alliance CEUs.

Click here to register

Langara College Continuing Studies Presents:
An Integrated Approach to Yoga Therapy for Trauma
When: December 5th-7th, 2014
Cost: $469
Early-bird cost if you register before November 15th: $398.65
For more information & to register: 604-323-5322 or email
Topics in this comprehensive training course include: issues of addiction, depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and the role of the Yoga Therapist in working effectively and compassionately with this population. Specific asana sequences, pranayama, and grounding techniques will be explored.

Also Coming Up:


30 Day Challenge ~ Reach Out for Yoga Outreach

Next 30 Day Yoga Challenge starts October 13th, 2014!
Join us this year and help us raise funds to take YO to the next level!
Do you LOVE yoga? Are you looking for a way to jump start your practice? Or do you already practice everyday? Why not do it in support of yoga for everyone? Kind of like a walkathon, you commit to doing 30 minutes of yoga (or meditation) a day for 30 days, collect pledges from your family, friends, and colleagues …and then you do yoga!
For more information please email:

To register click here


Yoga Outreach Service Yoga Sangha: A Series of Community Classes Dedicated to Service Yoga

Please join Yoga Outreach for our monthly Sangha to experience and discuss how yoga can be offered to special populations. First Sunday of every month (except on long weekends – then the second Sunday).

Next one ~  Sunday, October 5th, 2014
@ Batya Centre for BodyMind Health #609 – 525 Seymour St.

$10 at the door (Yoga Outreach volunteers free)
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Our goal is to create a dialogue within the yoga community where teachers can explore Service yoga and support one another while deepening their knowledge. The classes are led by instructors who have been teaching in these communities and taught in the same style they use in their work. Each one is followed by a Q & A session exploring the challenges and rewards of teaching in alternative settings as well as a brief introduction to Yoga Outreach and an overview of the trainings we offer to support teachers working in this field.

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Our mailing address is: 1104-1100 Jervis St., Vancouver V6E 2C4
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