The Yoga Cooperative was birthed in January, 2012.
Founder, Evelyne Serais, yoga teacher and owner of Yoga For Everybody (Y4E) in downtown Fairfield, envisioned a non-profit organization providing free access to yoga wherever it was limited in our local community.
Yoga teacher and human services worker, Jacquie Le Meur, joined Evelyne in manifesting a local yoga outreach, non-profit organization and soon formed a small board of directors with yoga teachers Lauren Lanham and Marleen Salko. At the time, the organization was called Yoga for All Cooperative. Funds were gathered through the very generous Y4E community, family and friends so we could purchase yoga mats and props and attend the annual Yoga Service Conference at Omega Institute in New York and trauma sensitive yoga trainings.
Since then, numerous volunteer yoga teachers have cumulatively taught over 750 yoga classes in places like parks, prisons, schools, a homeless veteran shelter, senior centers and various social service organizations, mainly in Bridgeport, CT.
By 2014, we grew to a point where we could operate independently of Y4E under the name The Yoga Cooperative. Although most of our teachers volunteer their time, we have increasing funds through grants and non-profit sponsors such as ProMindful, to pay some of our teachers and keep our programs sustainable long term. You can meet our current board of directors and advisory by clicking here.