About Us

we believe community access to yoga matters

our mission

Our focus is to promote wellness service in Canada by providing and supporting inclusive yoga programs in communities nationwide . We place skilled yoga teachers into diverse sectors, and work with local yoga-nonprofits to secure funding. We support community based research programs to improve efficacy and outcome of yoga as community care. We promote the growth of qualified teachers who meet the needs of people where yoga makes a real impact.

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advance education

We promote a better standard of training for teachers and offer support services for their long term stability.

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improve access

We promote access of care by supporting underfunded programs and advocacy for rural yoga programming.

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Promote wellness

We invest in community based research to improve efficacy and outcomes.

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local support

We offer services and direct funding to local programs that alleviate conditions to vulnerable Canadians.

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be the change

We support secular programs to improve diversity and promote the advancement of yoga teaching

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adaptive needs

We have advocacy teams developing programs and standard of practice for the alleviation of conditions for seniors, youth, children, disAibility, LGBTQIA, homeless, and health issues.

What we do

SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH RESEARCH & INNOVATION

YSACanada engages with national research partners to perform both short term and longitudinal research initiatives to assess the ongoing impact of yoga development programs. These initiatives are conducted with local, national and international partners. Research areas include:

·         Psychosocial Impact

·         Physiological effects

·         Chronic pain management

·         Behavioral change

The assessment of the impact of YSAC programs is individualized and specific to each community, with the focus on supporting positive skill building, stress management and psychosocial outcomes that prepare vulnerable populations for both transitional life skills, and coping strategies.

All research and knowledge generated from YSAC programs will be shared with partnering institutions as appropriate. This knowledge transfer will provide some excellent insights in areas such as participation motivation, gender integration, psychosocial considerations and inclusion.

The Yoga Service and Accessibility Canada has established an advisory committee consisting of key stakeholders including established nonprofit yoga, sports and community groups which will ensure effective, transparent implementation and evaluation.

WE REPRESENT CANADA

WE WORK FOR YOU

The YSAC is more than people. It is the land, sea, sky and all living beings within the Dominion of Canada on Turtle Island. We are grateful to be able to be live, learn and play on these lands.

 

To acknowledge this traditional territory is to recognize its longer history, one predating the establishment of the earliest European colonies. It is also to acknowledge this territory’s significance for the Indigenous peoples who lived, and continue to live, upon it and whose practices and spiritualties were tied to the land and continue to develop in relationship to the territory and its other inhabitants today. 

 

We offer our service to the regions of Canada and to establish fellowship for the benefit of all residents.

Provinces and Territories

Large Cities over 400k

Our promise to you

the multi-generational plan

YSACanada was established with one simple, overarching goal: 

To Provide Sustainable Opportunities in Yoga

from this, our mission and our core values emerge.  In the next five years, our plan is to achieve the following objectives

·         Establishing Funding Opportunities Nationwide

·         Create Job Opportunities and Improve Yoga Teaching Programming

·         To research the healing benefits of Yoga

·         To connect with the people of our shared Land

Our greatest passion is one of serving others to lift them up, and to connect on a deeper level. This is not always possible in our hectic and disconnected world; too often personal gain trumps empathetic community support. The wounds of isolation are a growing National Public Health concern, and we firmly hold yoga offers the key to relieving suffering.

For those who are uncertain as to whether they will join us, we know support and healing can happen anywhere. From our hearts to yours, this is our firm dedication:

“We are called at certain moments to comfort people who are enduring some trauma. Many of us don’t know how to react in such situations, but others do. In the first place, they just show up. They provide a ministry of presence. Next, they don’t compare. The sensitive person understands that each person’s ordeal is unique and should not be compared to anyone else’s. Next, they do the practical things–making lunch, dusting the room, washing the towels. Finally, they don’t try to minimize what is going on. They don’t attempt to reassure with false, saccharine sentiments. They don’t say that the pain is all for the best. They don’t search for silver linings. They do what wise souls do in the presence of tragedy and trauma. They practice a passive activism. They don’t bustle about trying to solve something that cannot be solved. The sensitive person grants the sufferer the dignity of her own process. She lets the sufferer define the meaning of what is going on. She just sits simply through the nights of pain and darkness, being practical, human, simple, and direct.” 
― David BrooksThe Road to Character

Our Team

We have an Executive and growing staff department, a Board of Directors, and an Advisory team dedicated to serving Canadians who get benefits from yoga in wellness and community building. 

Click on the pictures below to access each branch, or the button below to access our full member directory.

Executive Branch, and Staff

Executive Branch, and Staff

Chantel Ehler and Katie Juelson, Founders

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Meet our members

Advocacy teams

Advocacy teams

Regional; Diversity; Condition based

national office hours

Weekdays

10 AM – 2 PM

Contact

Phone

+(613) 876 0203

Mail

info@ysacanada.org

Address

100 Brock St, Gananoque
On, Canada