It all started with a bit of kindness ~
Yoga Neighborhood grew out of the Kind Yoga teacher training program, after instructor Diane Kovanda asked her students, "What are you going to do once your training is complete?"
The answer for Virginia Hoeck was not teaching at a yoga studio. With a background in the Peace Corps and nonprofits, it became apparent to her that yoga was not available to many people due to the high cost of classes at traditional studios and a lack of information and education in the community.
With encouragement and support from Diane, Virginia and her fellow trainees developed the concept of a yoga program that was accessible to everyone in the community, regardless of income, age, or fitness level.
But it didn't stop there. After graduation, Virginia and Diane worked together to turn the concept into reality. Gin taught free classes at her workplace, her supervisor purchased mats and blankets, the town donated free space and a friend purchased a wireless microphone.
Within a year, 50 to 75 people were attending the free weekly classes at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. They represented a broad cross-section of the people who live, work, and visit the downtown area.
With an increased demand for more classes, Yoga Neighborhood is expanding. In addition to offering public classes, Yoga Neighborhood has expanded their partnerships to bring the benefits of yoga to diverse groups, including those at veterans outreach centers, safe houses, shelters, and schools.
Wherever there is interest, Yoga Neighborhood will go, always keeping yoga affordable by lowering operating expenses and through the generosity and support of the Cape Cod community.
We are grateful for the participation of our students, teachers, volunteers and donors. They all help us to bring the practice of yoga to the entire community with kindness, compassion and respect for all.