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It’s hard to believe that the lazy, hazy days of summer are almost upon us. But things around Firefly have been anything but lazy over the past couple of months. In addition to our commitment to training yoga teachers in trauma-informed yoga, we are also committed to continuing our own education, deepening our knowledge, and staying up-to-date on the latest findings in trauma-informed principles and practice. Annie recently completed a 6-month/100-hour training with Soulful Yoga Therapy in Boston, focused on using therapeutic yoga for emotional health; and Emily attended a 35-hour trauma-informed yoga and somatic therapy training with Hala Khouri (the co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World) and Kyra Haglund in Los Angeles this April. It’s incredibly exciting to think about how much there is to learn and how expansive this rapidly emerging field is!

Speaking of training, read on for news about our most recent Firefly Training in San Francisco, and don’t miss the opportunity to sign up for our upcoming training in Duluth, MN this July!

Thanks for all you do to support us!

In gratitude,

Annie & Emily, Firefly Yoga International Co-Executive Directors

Trainings Galore!

Last weekend, Firefly facilitated its first San Francisco training, held at an ashram in The Mission. We are delighted to welcome eight new trauma-informed yoga teachers into the Firefly community, and can’t wait to see them bring all that they’ve learned to their respective homes in the Bay Area, Napa Valley, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, and Cambridge, MA. This inspiring group of teachers created an open and safe space together during the training, allowing them to dive into trauma-informed yoga on both personal and practical levels.

Interested in becoming a trauma-informed yoga teacher yourself? Registration is currently open for our Firefly Training in trauma-informed yoga in Duluth, MN from July 8-10. The Early Bird rate ends on May 27, so reserve your spot now!


Some graduates of our January 2016 Boston Firefly Training have begun offering trauma-informed yoga classes to various communities throughout the Boston Metro Area. We’re absolutely thrilled to see our vision in action! Firefly’s goal is to train a broad network of yoga teachers to offer yoga to survivors of trauma in communities around the world.

Firefly Board + Administrative Updates

We are currently recruiting Board members! Firefly is seeking committed, dedicated professionals who will contribute to our organization’s strength and sustainability. In particular, we are seeking those with nonprofit management, legal, finance/accounting, or human resources expertise, as well as those with a clinical background (clinicians, therapists, psychologists, etc.). If you are interested in serving on our Board, please send a résumé to info@fireflyyoga.org. We would love to connect!


Firefly is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Boston University School of Public Health. Master of Public Health candidate Jasmine Mack fulfilled her degree’s practicum requirement by developing a strengthened monitoring and evaluation strategy for the Firefly Program in trauma-informed yoga. Jasmine also analyzed data from the Firefly Program surveys, allowing us to identify program strengths and areas for refinement. Jasmine presented her work with Firefly at BUSPH on April 21. We are thankful to have robust evaluation mechanisms in place to support us in continually improving our work.

"As it was my first time practicing yoga, I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the instructor made me feel. I was not self-conscious at all, and I was grateful for the hour of self-care."
 
-Firefly Program Participant

News and Updates from the Firefly World 
 

How exciting to have the Firefly Program in three different states! Here's the latest on our collaborations and programs nationwide.

Massachusetts
  • In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, Firefly collaborated with Harvard’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response to offer four trauma-informed classes on two separate Harvard campuses in Boston.
  • Firefly continued its program for female veterans at New England Center and Home for  Veterans. Since January, we have had the privilege of providing  twelve individuals with tools to assist in their healing process.
  • We were delighted to introduce a group of veterans to a trauma-informed yoga class at a national organization’s annual summit just outside of Boston this March.
  • Firefly also offered a trauma-informed class for the partners of veterans through a national veterans service organization.

Minnesota

  • As we begin another three-month program at PAVSA in Duluth, we’re delighted to be coming up on our one-year anniversary at the site, where we have enjoyed excellent attendance and retention. Firefly Teacher Kyle Heyesen has led this Firefly Program for individuals who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Check out what Kyle has to say about teaching trauma-informed yoga.
California
  • A big thank you to Soroptimist International-Tahoe Sierra for their generous community grant, which will help support Firefly programming in the Lake Tahoe region.
  • We are not only continuing, but also expanding our program at Tahoe SAFE Alliance in King’s Beach, CA. Thus far we have been offering our classes to individuals who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Firefly Teacher Sarah Terranova will now also be opening the classes to staff at the agency who may be experiencing vicarious and/or secondary trauma. Those who work in the therapy and social work fields understandably experience high rates of burnout, and we’re excited to offer them some tools to support the good and extremely important work they do.
  • Firefly is currently working with the South Tahoe High School intervention counseling team on a pilot twelve-week trauma-informed yoga program for students in an anxiety and anger group. This great group of teens is learning skills and techniques for stress reduction, self-relaxation, and regulating and learning to control their emotions.
  • We  just completed our first eight-week pilot program in trauma-informed yoga that was open to all community members. These classes were held in collaboration with A Balanced Life in South Lake Tahoe and led by Firefly Teacher Brent Grueter. Brent trained with Firelfly in May 2015 and has gone on to offer trauma-informed yoga to forest service firefighters.
"The education and training that is provided is a HUGE service, not just to the yoga community but also to those we serve and collaborate with."
 
-Participant in the Firefly Training in trauma-informed yoga

What Our Firefly Teachers Are Up To 
 

One of the most rewarding things is to see our trauma-informed teachers out in the world, sharing the tremendous power of trauma-informed yoga with those who may deeply benefit. Here’s an update on just one of these bright lights.
 
“I have committed to teach trauma-informed yoga at a hui (the Maori word for a small group gathering) with Rainbow Youth, an LGBT group in Auckland, New Zealand. I will teach daily at a retreat this May. The group was really interested in this style of yoga because of the body-based trauma some of the transgender participants have experienced.”

- Jasmine Yohai, 2015 graduate of the South Lake Tahoe Firefly Training in trauma-informed yoga

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