Street Yoga was founded in 2002 when Mark Lilly organized a handful of yoga teachers to teach yoga at a day shelter and a school serving homeless youth. Lilly says his life was deeply bettered by yoga. He started Street Yoga partly because of a song by Neil Young. There’s a line from that that goes, “We were giving, that’s how we kept what we gave away.”
To keep what yoga gave him, Mark Lilly said he had to give it away as fast and as much as possible. Street Yoga hired our first staff member in January 2008 and made the decision to grow from a volunteer-fueled grassroots organization to a small non-profit with an active board, solid infrastructure, supported volunteers, comprehensive programming and an ambitious development plan.
In 2010 Street Yoga established our Seattle branch, and moved our headquarters here in 2014.
Since 2014, Street Yoga has continued to serve youth in the Puget Sound area with trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness practices through our Youth Classes. We’re passionate about teaching others to do the same, and we’ve trained over 3000 people across more than 35 cities the United States and Canada through our Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth Training Program.