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September Recovery Month "30 for 30" Donation Classes Calendar

Transformation Yoga Project is partnering with yoga studios and community spaces across the Greater Philadelphia Area for its “30 for 30” fundraising campaign in honor of National Recovery Month’s 30th Anniversary, raising money and awareness for Trauma Sensitive Yoga for Recovery programs. The response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive. These 30+ donation-based yoga classes will support TYP’s services in a variety of recovery and behavioral health settings.

  • Bring your own mat, if possible

  • Wear comfortable clothes

  • No prior experience required

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class begins to check in

Click here to download the full “30 for 30” calendar, and make sure to check back for any class updates.

Check out our full calendar here, as well as this map that shows where you can find the classes near you!

Week One

8/31 Soulrise Yoga*, Sea Isle, NJ: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
9/3 Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
9/4 Rebel Yoga Studio, Philadelphia, PA: 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
9/6 Twisted Monkey Yoga Studio, Rockledge, PA: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Dragon Spirit Arts*, Lansdowne, PA: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
9/7 Whole Foods Market — Exton Rooftop*, Exton, PA: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Blue Tortoise Yoga*, Aston, PA: 4 – 5:30 p.m.
The Healing Fields Yoga, Philadelphia, PA: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Week Two

9/8 Tulaa Yoga*, Wilmington, DE: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 1 – 2 p.m.
9/9 Rebel Yoga Studio, Philadelphia, PA: 7 – 8 p.m.
Yoga & Movement Sanctuary*, Philadelphia, PA: 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
9/10 Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
9/11 Rebel Yoga Studio, Philadelphia, PA: 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
9/12 Westminster Presbyterian Church*, West Chester, PA: 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Moondog Yoga Studio*, Quakertown, PA: 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.
9/13 Twisted Monkey Yoga Studio, Rockledge, PA: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Yogasphere*, Newtown, PA: 6 – 7 p.m.
Indigo Healing Arts Collective*, Swarthmore, PA: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
West End Yoga Studio*, Lancaster, PA: 7 – 8 p.m.
9/14 Whole Foods Market — Exton Rooftop*, Exton, PA: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Week Three

9/15 Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 1 – 2 p.m.
The Light Within Yoga Studio, West Grove, PA: 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Enso*, Media, PA: 4 – 5 p.m.
East Eagle Yoga*, Havertown, PA: 4 – 5:15 p.m.
Rebel Yoga Studio*, Philadelphia, PA: 4 – 5 p.m.
9/16 Yoga & Movement Sanctuary*, Philadelphia, PA: 8 – 9 p.m.
9/17 Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
9/18 Rebel Yoga Studio, Philadelphia, PA: 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center*, Lederach, PA: 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.
SHINE Power Yoga –Marlton*, Marlton, NJ: 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.
9/19 MovementRx Studio*, Wynnewood, PA: 12 – 1 p.m.
Moondog Yoga Studio*, Quakertown, PA: 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.
9/20 Twisted Monkey Yoga Studio, Rockledge, PA: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
9/21 Whole Foods Market — Exton Rooftop*, Exton, PA: 9 – 10 a.m.
Rebel Yoga Studio, Philadelphia, PA: 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
The Healing Fields Yoga, Philadelphia, PA: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Week Four

9/22 Tulaa Yoga*, Wilmington, DE: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 1 – 2 p.m.
Ready Room Swarthmore*, Swarthmore, PA: 1 – 2 p.m.
Yogasphere*, Newtown, PA: 4 – 5 p.m.
Lumos Yoga & Barre*, Philadelphia, PA: 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
9/23 Yoga & Movement Sanctuary*, Philadelphia, PA: 8 – 9 p.m.
9/24 Peaceful Journeys, New Britain, PA: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
9/25 Rebel Yoga Studio, Philadelphia, PA: 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
9/26 Westminster Presbyterian Church*, West Chester, PA: 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Mt. Airy Lavender Farm*, Coatesville, PA: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
9/27 Twisted Monkey Yoga Studio, Rockledge, PA: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Empowered Yoga*, Glen Mills, PA: 6 – 7:05 p.m.
Positivity Yogis*, Havertown, PA: 6 – 7 p.m.
Yogasphere*, Newtown, PA: 6 – 7 p.m.
9/28 Zia Yoga & Wellness, Exton, PA: 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
Bulldog Yoga, Villanova, PA: 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Week Five

9/29 Dragon Spirit Arts*, Philadelphia, PA: 8 – 9 p.m.
Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 1 – 2 p.m.
SHINE Power Yoga – Medford*, Medford, NJ: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
9/30 Empowered Yoga*, Glen Mills, PA: 7 – 8:15 p.m.
Yoga & Movement Sanctuary*, Philadelphia, PA: 8 – 9 p.m.

10/4 Underground Yoga Studio*, East Stroudsburg, PA: 5:30 – 7 p.m.

*Classes will be offered from a trauma-aware lens.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class begins.

Make sure to follow our social media to keep up with classes and to learn more about Recovery Month and TYP’s recovery programs!

For more information about how you can join TYP’s “30 for 30” partners with recovery month donation classes, email recovery@transformationyogaproject.org!

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30 classes for 30 years: celebrating 30 years of Recovery Month by creating community and connection

From individuals to entire communities, nearly everyone has been affected by either substance use or mental health disorders. Two-thirds of all families will be touched in some way. September is recognized as National Recovery Month, bringing awareness to those in recovery and the supporting substance use treatment and mental health services across the nation.

This September, Transformation Yoga Project (TYP) will partner with yoga studios and community spaces across the Greater Philadelphia Area for its “30 for 30” fundraising campaign in honor of National Recovery Month’s 30th Anniversary, raising money and awareness for Trauma Sensitive Yoga for Recovery programs. These 30+ donation-based yoga classes will support TYP’s services in a variety of recovery and behavioral health settings.

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Both TYP and SAMHSA are part of the service community dedicated to working with those in recovery and impacted by recovery. 46.6 million adults aged 18 or older reportedly suffered from a mental illness in 2017. In that same year, 20.7 million people aged 12 or older needed substance use treatment (SAMHSA).

This fundraising series is a special opportunity to support the recovery community in a unique way. Classes will take place in the month of September throughout the region, and are open to the public. No prior yoga experience is required, and donations are encouraged at any and all levels.

Stay tuned for the full “30 for 30” class calendar and more information about the classes. Make sure to follow our social media to keep up with classes and to learn more about Recovery Month and TYP’s recovery programs.

For more information about how you can join TYP’s “30 for 30” Partners with Recovery Month donation classes, email recovery@TransformationYogaProject.org!

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Our New Logo

Ever since we became a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization growth and change have been a constant. We have expanded both our reach, serving more and more people each year, and our programming, by offering a diverse number of trauma-sensitive, mindfulness-based services throughout the greater Philadelphia and Delaware area. As we have grown, we felt the need to change our logo to reflect our evolution. We’re extremely grateful for Juan Plaza, of Red Thinking, who took the time to listen and learn about our work and to create something that really captures our mission. We enjoyed the collaborative process thoroughly. Our TYP team members share their interpretation of our new logo’s meaning -

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Katy Kopnitsky -

“I think if I chose one thing about the evolution of our logo/representation that I’m most excited about it would be a move away from a representation that was very tied to a particular expression of the physical component of yoga toward a logo that feels more broad and open. We strive to practice and share more than just asana or physical postures, so I’m excited about a logo that feels freer, broader, and almost invokes a sense of multitudes, possibility, or expansion.”

Brianne Murphy -

“This logo represents community, a moving inward to move outward. It represents connection and support. It brings us away from the narrative that yoga is asana, and connects more deeply to the heart of this practice. Together, we are capable of dreaming bigger and better. Together, we change the world.”

Nicole Breen -

“While this may appear to be a small image to others, to me, the new TYP logo represents unification, collaboration, and peace. This new logo and evolution of our organization has been a thoughtful process bringing us all together even more strongly as a team and a family. It was truly humbling and beautiful to be a part of it. I work with kind, intelligent, and passionate people - what a gift!”

Nina Wong -

“To me this logo represents unfolding to the unlimited, radical possibilities that are within us, as individuals and in community. When I see this logo, I think not just of the brilliant unfolding of the lotus, but of what lies underneath - the depths from which we all rise, and the resilience of our roots.”

Kate Ferris -

“I love our new logo because it shows what we do. We provide opportunities for people connect to their center - awaken their inner strength and build / surround themselves with community… Our logo starts with the self - the innermost layer being a centered-person, in upward salute, firmly rooted like mountain pose, but arms overhead - to awaken their mind and energize their body. The warm rings surrounding the center show the support of community - family, friends, colleagues, and even passerbys - that is so necessary to support us and lift us up during our lifes journeys.”

Anna Henderer -

“Our new logo is much more dynamic than our previous one. Though the image of the Warrior 2 pose in our old logo showed strength and stability, it felt limiting. This new logo can be interpreted in many different ways. It is full of possibilities. Sometimes I see the subtle image of a person in extended mountain pose surrounded by layers of support; other times I see more of a lotus flower, sometimes I think of a drop in water creating ripples of change. I think it resonates with the work we do because we adapt and truly seek to meet people where they are. We provide them a chance to be in communtiy and learn accessible tools and techniques to support their wellbeing.”

Connor Fogel -

“When I see this logo, I think of TYP’s three program focuses — recovery, justice, and youth. The logo’s three lines represent growth and progress through learning and practice.”

Colleen DeVirgiliis -

“As our organization continues to evolve and grow, our new logo reflects our intention to cultivate community in the places we serve...the circle is a powerful symbol as it reflects equality, the balance found in nature, and continuity of our work...there is no beginning and no end.”

What do you see when you look at our new logo? Feel free to comment and add your voice.

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Congratulations Graduates of our Training 2 Transform Justice

This past March we introduced you all to members of our third 200-hour Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) at State Correctional Institute. We’re so excited to share that on Saturday June 29th the cohort at SCI - Phoenix officially completed their training and became Certified Yoga Instructors.

Our Director of Justice and Reentry Services, Brianne Murphy, and our Director of Training, Colleen DeVirgiliis, reflected on the moving and inspiring closing celebration. Brianne and Colleen facilitated the training and along with several co-facilitators, who were previous YTT graduates.

A self-portrait by one of our YTT graduates at SCI - Phoenix.

A self-portrait by one of our YTT graduates at SCI - Phoenix.

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Our YTT ‘19 Cohort has officially completed 200 hours. We’ve welcomed 21 new Trauma Sensitive yoga instructors to our team at SCI- Phoenix and are moved by their enthusiasm for this practice and their communities. 

We’d like begin acknowledging the loved ones of our graduates and co-facilitators. Without your love and support such commitment and dedication to this training would not have been possible. We all carry our support systems and loved ones with us at all times, and it was clear the energy and care that fueled our graduates throughout these past five months and beyond. We feel so honored to have been able to get to know them over this training and would like to extend an offer of our unending support to each of you, however it is that we can show up for you. 

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In recounting the day, there are some things that are easy to find the words for. 

We set up in a circle. 

The room was cold.

Count cleared 45 minutes late. 

Control interrupted to announce half-time yard… cease all movement… law library closed…. Disturbances at best, though in reality daily reminders of the lengths we go to attempt to normalize the blatantly inhumane.

Then there are also the things that can never be described. The things that bring you to your knees in humility. That create a lump in your throat so real and profound that all of your words move through water before reaching your mouth. There are the things that fill your heart with such joy and sadness that you are broken open, wholly and completely... for as long as you can bear it. 

Our closing ceremony together was Poetry. 

It was Love. 

It was “Justice in Action.”

I could sit and recount the order of events for the day, the things that moved me, the pride we feel for our new graduates, and the blessing that it is to know them…. However these things were created in sacred circle to live on within each of us... Gifts in our lives to give us the strength to continue to uncover liberation in all corners of our worlds. 

Being a part of community within spaces designed to disrupt and discourage connection is a powerful thing. It reinforces that we are all in fact stronger together, capable of deep humanity & compassion, and only limited by other’s imaginations. It reminds us that we can dream bigger, imagine better, and co-create a world that is more just and merciful for all of us in it. It moves us to ask the hard questions, to challenge the systems that exist in order to speak into reality a world that is fundamentally different- one that leans into our humanity as our greatest strength. 

Community, like this, begs us to look deeply within, to ask ourselves to reveal our own contradictions. What harmful untruths have we accepted or internalized about our world and the people in it? What systems have we named “status quo” that destroy whole communities, families, individuals? In what ways do we contribute to their persistence? In what ways do we contribute to their inevitable fall? 

We all have two choices in this world. 

Fear or Love. 

There is nothing in this world that any of us can achieve alone. Nothing that would ever be enough. And yet Hope persists because together we are capable of All Things. The impossible becomes possible, and the whole world changes. Everyday, as we sit in sacred circle, the whole world changes. 

In honor of our graduates, their loved ones, our community of supporters, all of our teachers that have come before us, the movements, the communities, the people who have given life to and life for liberation…. I commit to hold on to these seeds of hope and freedom, and to move through the rest of my days asking, “What would Love do next?” 


Thank you all for supporting our Class of 2019 YTT Graduates at State Correctional Institute! Learn more about some of the 21 men who graduated in our previous blog posts.


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