Portland, OR. On October 21st, Living Yoga hosted its annual “Invest in the Human Spirit” Gala. More than 300 people gathered at the Leftbank Annex for an inspiring night, and more than $111,000 was raised to bring trauma-informed yoga to youth and adults in correctional facilities, drug & alcohol rehabilitation centers, and mental health and social service agencies. (Photo credit, Matt Gonzalez)
This year, Living Yoga highlighted the story of Mimi, who found the inner strength and confidence she needed to make profound changes in her life and transition from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility to a life of hope, healing and purpose. Living Yoga students, like Mimi, are re-entering our community each day with skills to realize their own potential and engage in a fulfilling life. Each year, we deliver inspiration and hope to thousands of Living Yoga students to make our communities stronger.
“Having the option to do Living Yoga seriously changed my life. It was my medicine while I was there. It gave me purpose, it gave me an outlet, it gave me hope.” – Mimi, Past Student, Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
From Living Yoga:
We are grateful for the outstanding support from our generous sponsors for making the evening possible, including Lululemon, Portland Natural Health, Chown Hardware, Therapeutic Associates, Umpqua Bank, Goumi Kids, Jewel Yoga, Compass Oncology, Providence Health & Services, Columbia Sportswear, PrAna, YoYoYogi, GP Kitchen and Actual Industries.
It is with the support of our generous donors and 130 active volunteer teachers that we are able to deliver these life-changing programs to more youth and adults like Mimi, and support our community in becoming a safer, more loving, and more resilient place for everyone to live and thrive.