Yoga for Mental Health Consumer/Survivors Only
Yoga Outreach Group @ West End Mental Health Team
All Abilities Welcome to clients and Family Friends of Clients
This is a drop in program and there is no charge.
Wreck Beach is a natural treasure of the west coast where one’s spirit communes and laughter dances freely while we frolic in the sun. I am thrilled to be a part of the supportive environment that has welcomed me with such kindness over the past year and I look forward to many more summers relaxing and playing in the sun. Hooray Wreck Beach, the only place in town you can show up in your birthday suit and still not be breaking the rules!
Come get your fix with “LAUGHTER YOGA”
Drop-ins are welcome. Bring a smile ~ leave with a laugh!
MINDFULNESS meditation: the art and practice of focusing one’s attention, without judgment, in the present moment.
This is a space in the West End of Vancouver for queer folk and friends to practice mindfulness meditation with a group, and to support one another in learning mindfulness meditation.
If you’ve never meditated before, and would like to try it, this is for you. If you’re comfortable with meditation and willing to support others as they learn, this is for you.
This is a drop-in—no need to register or reserve a space. Just show up, and there will be room for you. Please try to be on time.
Particularly if you’re a beginner, you’re encouraged to join us. Come for a session, and try it out. If you’re able to sit quietly in a chair or on the floor for a while, that’s enough to begin with.
What happens in a session?
- We occupy the setting for our meditation: in a quiet carpeted room, we sit in a circle, usually in chairs but sometimes on the floor. Ceremony is kept to a minimum. The group is just whoever shows up—a mix of regulars and newcomers. Four is a small group, 12 is large; we have never run out of room.
- We go through a series of exercises in paying attention: to our breath, the sounds we hear, our bodies, our feelings, music, a cup of tea, or any other aspect of our experience during the session.
- We sometimes take an opportunity to share our thoughts (if we care to), about our own learning and practice, and about the life circumstances that we hope meditation will answer for us.
- We sometimes have readings that relate to the practice of mindfulness meditation.
What we do
This group practices mindfulness meditationas a way to
- become more emotionally centred,
- respond more calmly to stressful situations,
- worry less, and
- get a little peace of mind.
[Regrets, not wheelchair-accessible.]
What to wear/bring
Wear casual clothing which is comfortable and not too restrictive. Your street clothes are probably just fine. There’s no air conditioning, and in summer the room tends to be warm. Bring a water bottle if you’d like.
We like it when people bring short readingsto the session that are related in some way to mindfulness, acceptance or Buddhist thought.
Led by Kyira Korrigan (DIY member, trained by Noah Levine) this class is open to anyone who is interested in Buddhist meditation and philosophy. Class time is split between meditation practice/discussion and philosophy discussion. Questions welcome! Free (and donations are accepted to help cover rent).
Yoga for Mental Health Consumers/Survivors Only
This support groups is open to anyone providing unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who is aging, ill, or living with a disability.
In Theatre Class we will prepare the performer’s body. Through movement and breath work, we will become more aware of the space surrounding us. We will play impulse games, group building exercises, and create devised works. This class is open to people of all levels of experience. The exercises are fun and relaxing to do regardless of whether or not you intend to perform in the future.
1 1/2 hr meetings with practical sessions, video talks by Shri Mataji and guided collective meditations to enjoy, in a relaxed atmosphere. You can join in at any time – just come along. No prior knowledge is necessary; everything is explained. All Classes are Free of Charge.
We run an open Seeking Safety group, a group is open to all self-identified women who are connected to the downtown east side. Women still in active addiction are welcome, we just ask that they do not appear intoxicated when they come to group.
Guided Meditation to Relax the Mind
The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. When our mind is peaceful, we are free from worries and mental discomfort and experience true happiness and relaxation.
These classes provide an opportunity to learn how to meditate and how to use our experience of meditation to positively affect all aspects of our daily life.