What is Outreach Yoga?

Grounded by Yoga Outreach allows students who are post incarceration or recovering from addictions to visit our classes at a reduced price. We believe our classes offer individuals an opportunity to heal from trauma (which underlies addictions) by learning to reconnect with and feel safe within their bodies (key when healing from trauma), reconnect with spirit (key in recovery) while also re-establishing a sense of healthy, safe community (key in post incarceration) by participating in group classes at a facility that is tranquil, non-competitive and non-ego oriented. It is our desire to offer the physical, spiritual, and therapeutic benefits of yoga to anyone in recovery/post incarceration.  All classes guided by professional and friendly hearts.


$3/Class (Drop-in) $19/Month (Unlimited) Both Locations

Registration Below.  It is required you complete the registration and approval prior to attending any class. Normally takes 48 hours.

Questions? Call (585) 861-YOGA

Trauma Healing

Unresolved “issues in our tissues” manifest physically as migraines, nervous tics, clenched muscles in the neck, shoulders, and jaw, a sunken chest, or a heavy heart. Left unresolved, they can exact an even heavier toll in the form of heart disease, diabetes, panic attacks, ADHD in children, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and a host of autoimmune disorders. Yoga increases heart rate variability (HRV), a measure of how robust the brain’s arousal systems are. It appears that traumatized people have unusually low HRV, which could explain why they are “so reactive to minor stresses and so prone to develop a variety of physical illnesses.” Yoga’s ability to touch us on every level of our being— physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual—makes it a powerful and effective means for trauma victims to reinhabit their bodies safely, calm their minds, experience emotions directly, and begin to feel a sense of strength and control Moving from one asana to another, slowly and deliberately, encourages students to stay with sensation and notice what’s happening in their bodies, and to approach each movement with a sense of curiosity. Trauma/Addiction teachers Sandy is certified and experienced to assist in your healing journey. Please visit our new page: Click Here

Wendy Stoddard, RYT

After living in New York City for two and a half decades, Wendy moved to Canandaigua in 2006, where she could be near her mother. In New York, she earned an M. Div from Union Theological Seminary and worked with the chronically homeless, who were often mentally ill and addicted. Wendy was first introduced to Yoga in 1998 during a period of intense personal transition and practice has become a central aspect of my life ever since. After a couple of years of regular classes she began to take notice the power of the breath in her life off the mat – especially when confronted with the crisis situations so common in her work. The ability to breathe, observe without judgement, and resist reacting impulsively served her well in volatile environments. Wendy currently guides men’s yoga at the Ontario County Correctional Facility and holds public classes at Grounded By Yoga.

Sandy Hicks, RYS, Y12SR

Sandy experienced a very young awakening one day in her own back yard. But not knowing where to turn or who to talk about it in the 70’s, she explored this intriguing mystery through entheogens as well as other experimentals. In her later teens she switched roles and allowed yoga in as a tool to aid in recovery and keep her mind, body, and soul balanced in order to live a healthy, fulfilling life. She has been training professionally since 1979 and continues to do so. Sandy completed programs of the Yoga 12 Steps of Recovery with Nikki Meyers, Durgalee, Yoga for Recovery and Swami Sitaramananda. She is currently the Director of Yoga Teacher Training for Trauma & Recovery and  guides the women at the Ontario County Correctional Facility as well as teaches public & private classes at Grounded By Yoga. Contact her for her next Trauma or Recovery group.


All You need to do is complete the form below and wait for your acceptance email (usually within 48 hours). Choose your teacher participating in our Outreach program (Wendy, Sandy, Teresa or Jackie). A letter of post incarceration or from your recovery counselor is needed at your first class or scanned to our email. (Note: excludes events, workshops, series classes, hot yoga and extended classes) We also have partial scholarships for our yoga and meditation classes for all others experiencing financial strain.

Contact Us

Studios are open 7 days a week! Our general Customer Service hours (emails/phone calls) are Monday through Thursday 8-7pm and Fridays 8-noon. We promise to get back to you asap and thank you for your interest in our programs. Namaste.

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