Yoga is for everyone.
However, not everyone can access yoga through a studio or private class.
Edinburgh Community Yoga's outreach projects seek to bring the far-reaching benefits of yoga and meditation to everyone, no matter their state of health or economic status.
ECY provide yoga and meditation classes to under served communities in Edinburgh by working with partner organisations.
The Edinburgh Yoga Festival is to raise money for the work ECY do, providing yoga for those in need of support.
Yoga is an effective practice to improve overall physical, mental and emotional health. Through movement, meditation, breathing techniques and mindfulness, it can help with the symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental emotional issues. Regardless of where a person is in their life, yoga can help them strengthen, grow and move beyond their current situation.
ECY have made it their mission to offer yoga and yoga therapy to as many people across Edinburgh as possible. They take yoga to the places it is needed most, developing affordable community yoga classes in low-income areas and working with local organisations who support people including the homeless, adults in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, women affected by trauma, in-patient psychiatric services and people with long term health conditions.
Our belief is that through the practice of yoga, breathing mindfully and learning to pay attention to the body, individuals can learn skills of self-compassion, acceptance and regulation of the nervous system contributing to their own sense of wellbeing and health and building stronger, more positive communities in the process.
CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE FESTIVAL BUT WOULD STILL LIKE TO SUPPORT THE WORK ECYO DO?