yogaHOPE strives to lead women toward empowerment and recovery by cultivating mindfulness through yoga, meditation and non-judgmental self-inquiry.
Already, hundreds of women have experienced the benefits of yogaHope’s Trauma Informed Mind Body (TIMBo) program, and are starting to heal themselves through personal empowerment.
The TIMBo program is the foundation of yogaHOPE’s work. TIMBo was developed specifically for women who have experienced trauma, chronic trauma, addiction and/or abuse.
The program offers participants the tools to address the psycho-social, emotional, and physiological root causes of trauma and stress, and enables them to start the healing process and to improve their natural emotional regulation. The program is empirically based, trauma-informed, and gender-responsive, and utilizes the strengths of female survivors of trauma. Using mindfulness techniques that have proven effective in addressing emotional regulation and distress tolerance, TIMBo is simple, accessible and on the cutting-edge of trauma care.
Since the first TIMBo training in January 2012, we have witnessed profound healing and empowerment in diverse groups of women including social workers, Haitian community members, teachers, women in prison, stay-at-home mothers. It is though a recognition of common experience that women realize the potential for positive change, and by tapping into their roles as nurturers and caregivers they create transformation in their own lives and in their communities.
In 2012, yogaHOPE partnered with local AMURT-Haiti (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team), an NGO with 25 years of experience working in Haiti, to help vulnerable communities break the cycle of poverty. AMURT-Haiti and local partner LOCAL-Haiti (Local Capacity Alliance) work to build the capacity of teachers, child-care providers, and community leaders through an integrated project-based pedagogical approach.
This partnership brought the TIMBo program to trauma survivors in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The implementation of the yogaHOPE TIMBo program in Haiti incorporates a “train the trainer” model in which Haitian community organizers, teachers and trainers are trained to become facilitators who can implement the program in a culturally substantive and relevant manner. In November 2012, 22 Haitian trainers completed the extensive 100-hour training and are among the first group of TIMBo facilitators. In January 2013, the AMURT-Haiti trainers began to implement TIMBo through five community groups of approximately 20 women each. Both yogaHOPE and AMURT-Haiti are committed to implementation of this program in an attempt to provide a positive means of coping in the wake of complex traumas.
Expansion of the program continues in the Northwest region of Haiti as the Port-au-Prince TIMBo facilitators work with our U.S. team to train an additional group of community leaders. The final phase of training, scheduled for October of 2013, will initiate the TIMBo program in 60 women’s groups of 20 women each that are already meeting regularly.
In 2011, yogaHOPE established a collaboration with the Mental Health Department of MCI-Framingham, the only women’s correctional facility in the state of Massachusetts. MCI-Framingham is a medium-security correctional facility for female offenders that houses both women awaiting trial and women serving terms of imprisonment.
In 2012 yogaHOPE launched a pilot of the TIMBo program, the first ever inside a women’s prison. Phase II of the MCI program started in March 2013 with 14 women who are being trained as Certified TIMBo Facilitators.