Revelstoke selected for trauma yoga program

Local yoga teachers are wanted for a trauma-informed yoga program, funded by the Public Health Authority of Canada, which the Revelstoke Women's Shelter Society will be one of first in B.C. to receive.

Revelstoke women will benefit from a trauma-based yoga instruction. Photo: Andry (CC 2.0)

This June, the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society (RWSS) will be one of four transition houses in B.C. taking advantage of a new trauma-based yoga project, and they’re calling on yoga instructors to take advantage of the training.

Yoga Outreach and the B.C. Society of Transition Houses are providing the program, funded by the Public Health Authority of Canada, to support the recovery of those who have experienced violence in their relationships.

RWSS team leader and acting executive director Lynn Loeppky said experiencing violence from an intimate partner can cause trauma.

“Violence in relationships does not discriminate,” she said. “It occurs regardless of ones age, ethnic background or economic level.”

Women attend a yoga course. Photo: Tyler W (CC 2.0>
Women attend a yoga course. Photo: Tyler W (CC 2.0)

This Yoga Outreach program will eventually reach women and children in 16 transition houses over five years, but Revelstoke, along with Burnaby, Ucluelet, Kitimat are the first to benefit from it.

The program works in well with RWSS’s project Moving Forward, which they began in 2014 and provides women with support after they leave the transition house.

“Since then the program has continued to grow and has become an important part of women healing after experiencing violence in relationships,” Loeppky said. “RWSS see this as another opportunity to help women move forward with their new life.”

The program will be available to women in the Revelstoke house, RWSS’s outreach clients and referrals who may be dealing with depression, anxiety, social isolation, abuse, mental health or substance use issues.

The restorative yoga that we have been offering helps women relax and become grounded and focused,” Loeppky said. “The trauma yoga will take this to another level.”

Yoga Outreach is looking for volunteers willing to take their core training and then commit to volunteering. All training proceeds go back to supporting Reaching Out with Yoga, and the training is also eligible for credits with Yoga Alliance for those wishing to take it and not volunteer.

Local yoga instructors that are interested in receiving this trauma-based yoga training, and providing the classes for RWSS, contact Delanie Dyck at or 604.385.3891 or visit to fill out an application form.

Event: Support fundraising efforts for the RWSS with the Women’s Clothing Swap event on May 14.