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Yoga Service Networks bring people interested in yoga service together at the local level for community, inspiration, and mutual support.

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Yoga Service Networks (YSNs) bring people interested in yoga service together on the local level. They provide opportunities to connect with others in ways that support both individuals, the local community, and the yoga service field as a whole.

Yoga Service Networks differ from yoga service organizations in that they do not provide yoga classes or other direct services. Rather, they enable members of local yoga service organizations and others interested in their work to build positive, collaborative relationships with each other and the local community.

Yoga Service Networks are independent organizations: self-generated, self-governing, and self-sustaining. As such, their precise structure, mission and activities differ. Examples of programs and resources offered by existing YSNs include:

  • Presentations or panel discussions led by local experts on topics such as teaching yoga in prisons, integrating yoga into mental health care, or combining self-care with social activism.
  • Hosting a well-known author, teacher, or activist, and facilitating a discussion on their work.
  • Organizing special events dedicated to raising money for a yoga service-related or community oriented organization or cause.
  • Developing social media platforms to help publicize local yoga service organizations, trainings, and events; provide information about volunteer needs or staff openings; and enable discussion and information sharing.

If you’re interested in learning more about Yoga Service Networks, you can:

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Connect with An Existing YSN

This list of Yoga Service Networks is organized alphabetically by location. If you know of one that’s not on it, please contact us at networks@yogaservicecouncil.org – we’d love to add it!

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UNITED STATES

GEORGIA

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Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Regional Yoga Service Network (AR-YSN)

AR-YSN is an informal, diverse, loosely structured, non-partisan group open to anyone in Georgia who is involved in, or interested in, yoga service. They operate an open Facebook page that shares yoga service work in the Atlanta region, a closed Facebook group to facilitate discussion among AR-YSN members, and are planning to launch in-person meetings. You can connect with them on Facebook.

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ILLINOIS

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Chicago, IL

Socially Engaged Yoga Network, Chicago (SEYN Chicago)

SEYN supports yoga teachers and community organizations committed to sharing the benefits of yoga with under-resourced communities in the Chicagoland area. SEYN holds quarterly meetings exploring a variety of topics at different yoga studios and other locations throughout the Chicagoland area. You can connect with SEYN via their website and newsletter, follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and email them at seynchicago@gmail.com.

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MASSACHUSETTS

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Boston, MA

Boston’s Socially Engaged Yoga Network (BSEYN)

BSEYN is an alliance of Boston-area, community-based yoga practitioners who are mindful and active around issues of access, equity, identity, race, gender, environment, trauma, diversity and inclusion and how they relate to yoga. BSEYN meetings happen on the third Monday of each month from 6:30- 8:00 pm at locations in different Boston neighborhoods. You can connect with BSEYN via Facebook.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

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Greenland, NH

SATYA: Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action

SATYA is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to therapeutic yoga for at-risk and vulnerable populations in the Strafford, Rockingham and York county region. They support, publicize, and coordinate free yoga classes, organized yoga outreach, fundraisers for local charities, and other forms of community service.  You can learn about about SATYA via their website and Facebook, and contact them at seacoastsatya@gmail.com.

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NEW YORK

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Rochester, NY

Yoga Empowerment Partnership (YEP)

YEP is a part of Nazareth College’s award-winning yoga program, locally known as Naz Yoga Kula. YEP provides opportunities for students who are passionate about yoga and community service to work collaboratively with Nazareth College staff, faculty, and yoga teachers; learn from local yoga service leaders; and collaborate with local service organizations. You can read more about YEP via this YSC blog post. To learn more about Naz Yoga Kula, visit their web and Facebook pages.

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Rochester, NY

Rochester Yoga Service Network (RYSN)

The Rochester Yoga Service Network (RYSN) was created to support and network yoga leaders who are working with underserved populations in the community. RSYN frequently collaborates with Naz Yoga Kula (see separate listing). You can connect with RSYN via their Facebook page.

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Please note that while the Yoga Service Council is committed to supporting YSNs, we have no legal or financial relationship with them, either individually or collectively. Consequently, we cannot guarantee the quality of their events or assume responsibility for their actions.