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So far, 2015 has been a busy year for Firefly, full of expansion, new partnerships, and successful programs. We’re excited to share the latest developments and upcoming events with you (including our first trauma-informed yoga teacher training!). If you’re interested in finding ways to get involved and make a difference in Firefly's endeavors, see some suggestions below, including everything from donating mats, to becoming a monthly donor, to hosting a donation-based class. But, of course, before we can be of service to others, we have to take care of ourselves. For some tips on carving out time for yourself every single day, be sure to check out Firefly Teacher Alexis Marbach’s tips in our Take a Minute section at the end of this newsletter.

We’re so grateful for all of the support you’ve provided us so far and can hardly wait to keep moving forward together!

Annie & Emily, Firefly Yoga International Co-Executive Directors

Program Round-Up

In May, we will be expanding the Firefly program into a third state with the opening of our pilot program in Duluth, Minnesota! We’re proud to be partnering with the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA), and are thrilled to add yet another layer to the good work they do. This program will be led by Firefly teacher and social worker Kyle Elden Heyesen.

We’ve also added a new Program Site in California, at South Lake Tahoe’s Live Violence Free, which serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

In addition, we are continuing our programming at The Center for Violence-Free Relationships in Placerville, California. As one of our pilot sites, many women in this program have been consistently attending classes since October, and it has been a great joy to see the fruits of their labor and dedication paying off in very real ways. For us here at Firefly, there is no greater testimony to the power of yoga than this.

Firefly Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training

We are so excited to announce that Firefly will be hosting its first official teacher training in South Lake Tahoe from May 29-31. This 30-hour training in trauma-informed yoga is open to those who have previously completed a yoga teacher training program. Over the past year, we have worked alongside experts in trauma, trauma-informed yoga, and mind-body wellness to develop a robust curriculum manual to guide participants through a weekend of learning, sharing, and growing as trauma-informed yoga teachers. The three-day event will combine lecture, expert presentations, group discussions, asana (physical yoga practice), pranayama (breathing exercises), and meditation. This program counts toward Yoga Alliance continued education credits and will arm yoga teachers with the knowledge and tools they need to offer trauma-informed yoga to various survivor populations.

Click here for more information on how you can use compassionate and informed yoga to better the lives of trauma survivors.

 
“I feel it's an important part of my healing to engage physically.”
 
-Anonymous Firefly Student

Make a Difference

Firefly is able to offer therapeutic services to trauma survivors in large part thanks to the generosity of our donors. There are a number of ways you can make a difference, including:



  • Hosting a new or gently-used mat or block drive.

  • Becoming a partner studio and donating lost and found mats or used studio mats, blocks, and straps.

  • Teaching a donation-based class with proceeds benefitting Firefly.*

  • Financial donation (a recurring donation of $15 per month buys one yoga mat per month for a trauma survivor). Donations can be made online. 
  • Make your regular Amazon purchases by clicking the button below to take advantage of Amazon's Smile program. Through this, Amazon will donate 0.05% of your product(s) purchase price to Firefly. Be sure to bookmark this page for your future Amazon purchases!

* Firefly will happily provide marketing materials and giveaways (such as stickers, brochures, and magnets) for mat drives and donation-based classes.

Smile! You're helping Firefly when you shop Amazon.

New Collaborations

We are proud to announce that our Boston chapter has partnered with the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response at Harvard University for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Firefly offered two on-campus classes to survivors and allies on April 21 & 22 and we look forward to exploring future collaboration opportunities with the university. Additionally, we will be rolling out a number of new partnerships with organizations that work with veterans, sexual assault survivors and advocates, and refugee and asylum seekers.

Our west coast chapter is partnering with more domestic violence centers around Lake Tahoe, and will also be expanding programs to Sacramento, California and the Carson City area of Nevada. For more information on becoming a Firefly Program Site, contact us at info@fireflyyoga.org.

Take a Minute

Firefly Teacher Alexis Marbach shares her tips for making and taking the time for yourself every single day. 

All of Alexis Marbach’s Boston-based classes provide a space where students can be curious and explore their own range of motion, strength, and self-confidence and make empowered healing choices for themselves. As a member of The Breathe Network and Firefly Yoga, she uses a survivor centered lens to offer yoga as a tool for trauma therapy and an embodied approach to healing. 
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