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Yoga For All Movement

Organization Mission

In 2016, Yoga For All Movement was founded as a response to health inequity. Initially, our mission was to bring the healing power of yoga to all, including those experiencing incarceration, substance abuse disorders, domestic violence, living with a disability, homelessness, as well as low-income seniors and children.

Following the pandemic, CZU wildfire, and the national response to police killings of Black people, YFAM reimagined the mission. The new vision takes what we thought were the ends of our work — health and healing — and invests the practice of yoga into a means for personal growth and social impact.

The Big Idea 2022:
Reunite with Wellness

We are doing things differently by not only teaching yoga to incarcerated students, but by empowering them to become yoga teachers themselves. This program that builds on the practice of yoga and meditation, and offers training in group facilitation and holistic wellness, with a focus on breathwork, nutrition, and somatic movement.

Incarcerated students will learn invaluable tools for self-care, and skills to become facilitators of this work. This is a mentorship program that will provide transitional support by placing certified facilitators in teaching jobs where the unique lived experience of those transitioning from incarceration is valued.

The intended outcome of this project is to reduce the rate of incarceration by availing economic opportunities while simultaneously contributing to equity and justice for all. Please consider supporting this project.

Relaxed is not a feeling I am used to feeling in jail. But it is what I feel every time I step onto a yoga mat. The gifts I have received from the dedication of these teachers is a blessing.

Jose C., formerly incarcerated student, Watsonville

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Santa Cruz Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Santa Cruz Gives! raised over $1.10 million for 82 local nonprofits in 2021.

SCGives! has now raised and contributed over $36 million dollars since its inception Seven years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 1,455 donors. We did it, together.

Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November


The 2022 Santa Cruz Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by Tuesday, September 7 and organizations will be notified of their application status Sept. 22-24. Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November.