Q: What exactly does the volunteer commitment entail?
A: The two main ways of volunteering with THAY are through teaching trauma yoga classes at some of our program locations and helping out with events throughout the year. Generally most of our trauma yoga classes are held during the day between 10-4pm Monday-Friday as this is the time most of our partners have requested for their students. We currently have one class that takes place in the evenings and hold one Saturday class every other month. If you work full-time, this would mean that the bulk of your volunteer hours would likely come from volunteering at events instead of teaching. That being said, it is possible to get your volunteer hours completed through assisting with events as long as you're able to help out with most of them.
Volunteer duties at fundraiser events range from checking attendees in to showing guests where to go, selling tickets at the door, and passing out and collecting donation forms. Events take place on evenings or weekends.
Throughout the year we also have small admin-related projects that come up from time to time where volunteer help is needed such as assisting with flyering, social media, newsletters, research, storage help, etc. So that is another way to complete volunteer hours.
Q: Can you elaborate more on exactly what is covered in the training?
A: Teacher training covers Ashtanga Basics, What is Trauma and How to Teach Someone Who Has Been Through Trauma, Chair Yoga, Diversity Training & Cultural Competency.
Q: I have a certification in hatha/ashtanga/power/vinyasa/Birkam yoga. Can I take the class?
A: Yes! We'd be delighted to have you join us!
Q: I have no yoga training. Can I take this course?
A: 200+ hour yoga teacher training is required or a daily Ashtanga practice for 2+ years. You can volunteer with us in other capacities! Email email@example.com for more information.
Q: I live far away. Will I be able to bring THAY to my area?
A: Possibly. You can discuss with Lara at the time of training.
Q: What are the payment options?
A: Payment options:
- Free for those who make a one-year commitment to volunteering one hour a week. ($100 deposit returned at year end)
- $250 for those who make a six-month commitment to volunteering one hour a week. (plus a $50 deposit returned after six months)
- $550 for those who would like the training with no volunteer commitment
Q: Sign me up! What do I need to do to register?
Q: What should I bring to the training?
A: Just yourself in clothes you are able to do yoga in and a pen.
Q: Where is the training located?
A: It will be held at Land Yoga - 2116 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York NY.
Q: What is required to obtain my Trauma Yoga Teacher Training certificate?
A: In addition to attending both weekend training dates, we require you to observe a minimum of two of our trauma yoga classes and then trial teach two classes in order to receive a certificate.
Q: I have a full-time job/a busy schedule or I live far away. Is there a way I can fulfill volunteer commitment?
A: There is some flexibility in fulfilling the service commitment, including digital work, calling precincts and more. However, at this time, all of our events and trauma yoga classes serve the Harlem and Upper Manhattan communities. We are gradually expanding our program reach but being able to volunteer in the Harlem area is necessary for completing your hours.