RYSN Mission and Objectives

Yoga is a powerful force. It holds endless potential to foster mindfulness, peace, and health. The Rochester Yoga Service Network (RYSN) was created in 2014 by a small group of yoga leaders in Rochester, New York with the intention of sharing the practice of yoga with underserved populations in our community. In a spirit of cooperation and community engagement, RYSN provides support to, and unity among, local yoga service providers to create bridges of mutual connection and healing.

Objectives - RYSN aims to:

1) Maintain and share a database of Rochester yoga service providers identified by specialty, expertise, and/or affiliation

2) Facilitate the pairing of yoga teachers and volunteers with individuals and groups in need of yoga service

3) Provide a forum for RYSN members to share best program practices in addition to facilitating and hosting yoga training and professional development for Network members

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Give Back Yoga Foundation October Virtual Retreat Opportunity

If you're reading this, chances are that you're passionate about service and making a difference in the world. We're grateful to have you on board!

We also want to alert you to an upcoming, reliable source of fuel, so you can keep your flame burning for the long haul. The Give Back Yoga Foundation is offering "Kiss Burnout Goodbye: A 21-day Global Virtual Retreat for Service-Oriented Professionals".  This free tele-summit, running from October 6-26, features daily interviews with experts in healing trauma, reducing stress and inspiring positive action. 

You'll get plenty of tips to help you get clear on your purpose, calm your body and mind, and change your thinking so that you can accomplish more without adding to your "to-do" list. And on October 11th, our Mindful Yoga Therapy program director Suzanne Manafort will join host Jeanell Innerarity for a special interview that explores the theme "A New Perspective on Secondary Trauma and Burnout."

To register, follow the link below:

RYSN 09/28/14 Retreat Pictures

Thanks once again to everyone who attended the First Annual Rochester Yoga Service Network Retreat - it was a huge success!

Here are just a few pictures from the event:

Monday, September 29, 2014

RYSN Strategic Planning: Vision, Mission, Objectives, Strategies and Action Items

Good Morning, Yogis!

Thanks so much to all of you who shared your energy and love at the retreat yesterday - it was a really powerful afternoon for me personally, and a really big step for RYSN!

As we discussed, we are going to continue to work on our mission statement.  With the current working version that we looked at yesterday, the consensus seemed to be that there was a lot of good wording in there, but too much for a mission statement.  Below is link to a relatively concise summary of organization strategic planning components.  Perhaps we can use this as our guide in reworking what we have?  I have posted the original working document from yesterday in the online RYSN google drive - follow the link to RYSN the google drive 'helpful links' on the right side of the blog, and you will find the working document draft in the 'Mission Statement Development' folder.  Please submit suggestions and new versions as comments to this post so that we can all be in on the conversation.

Developing a Strategic Plan: VMOSA

Thanks again for your love and light!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

First Annual Rochester Yoga Service Network Retreat, 9/28/14

Please join us for the First Annual Rochester Yoga Service Network Retreat!

  • 2:00 - 2:15 Meet and Mingle-asana
  • 2:15 - 3:30 Yoga Practice, led by Lynne and Imani
  • 3:30 - 4:30 RYSN Business: 
              1) Recap priorities from the RYSN survey results
              2) Review RYSN mission draft
              3) Introduce plans for volunteer linking
              4) RYSN communication plan
  • 4:30 - 5:30 "A Sensorimotor Approach to Trauma Recovery", Lisa Maynard LMSW, RYT
  • 5:30 - 6:00 Wrap-up

The more the merrier!  We would like to extend this invitation to anyone in the Rochester area who is either already involved in yoga service or would like to get started. Please help us spread the word and forward this invitation to anyone else who might be interested.

IMPORTANT: Anyone interested in being connected with RYSN (whether you are available for the retreat or not) should subscribe to the blog at the following address: RocYogaService.blogspot.com

The retreat is free of charge and includes light refreshments.  PLEASE RSVP BY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th TO LET US KNOW WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND.

Other Important Retreat Details:We will begin at 2pm in the Linehan Chapel, located within the Golisano Academic Center.  Parking is available in Lot Q. (Please visit www.naz.edu/campus-map/map for a good campus map.)

Kindly be prepared to move on your mat.  Wear your yoga clothes, and bring a mat and water. (Extra mats are available to borrow.)

We look forward to seeing you all on September 28th!

RYSN Leadership Committee
Jenn, Lynne, Leanne,  and Erin