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at Laughing River Yoga

Free and incentivized programming designed to support and sustain the health and wellness of our BIPOC community members.

The Yoga Equity Project 


As of April 15, 2022 we raised $12,950 to support the
Yoga Equity Project at Laughing River Yoga!

With $12,950 we have been able to pay BIPOC yoga teachers to design and offer yoga programs for the BIPOC community including free & incentivized BIPOC Affinity Space weekly drop-in classes and freely offered monthly workshops.  


BIPOC Affinity Space Weekly Drop-In Instructors & Class Styles:

October- Gentle Yoga & Pranayama with Malaika DosRemedios (first 2 weeks)/Vinyasa with Hope Elliott (last 2 weeks)

November- Vinyasa with Vanessa Santos Eugenio

December- Vinyasa with Mireya Guerra 

Need a ride? We have partnered with Carshare VT to give our students $25 of driving credit. Use promo code: LAUGHINGRIVERYOGA.

Our Goal: Raise $10,000 in 30 days

Between 3/3/2022-10/11/2022 we have offered:

3 BIPOC Affinity Space workshops and
27 BIPOC Affinity Space weekly drop-in classes.


Over 425 participants
Taught by 5 different teachers





Here's what participants are saying about the program:

"I am truly grateful for this opportunity."

"I could not have afforded it and would not have been able to go without the incentive. I can’t thank you enough."

"I’m really so floored that you are doing this-wonderful reparative action truly focused on healing!"

"I am far away from home and was starting to become depressed. The series got me through the end of the winter."

"The classes got me into the practice and saved me from a stress crisis. Sasha is an amazing guide! The regular weekly series with the same group of people allowed us to build relationships and connection."

"So appreciative of the emphasis on healing and being in community."


1. No one is free until we are all free

The Yoga Equity Project strives to confront the disparities that exist in the community by removing the financial barriers preventing some students from participating in wellness opportunities such as yoga.

2. We believe in the power of yoga to heal 

We work to create healing affinity spaces where BIPOC students can let down their hyper-vigilance. We acknowledge not everyone is treated equally and work toward repair in our community.

3. Yoga Changes the World through Transforming Individual Lives

This project invests in BIPOC students and instructors to counteract racism and honor the beauty and value of Brown and Black lives.

4. Your Essence is Unconditional Love

We strive to create a more diverse studio environment for the benefit of all.

The Yoga Equity Project, started at Otter Creek Yoga in Middlebury, strives to extend the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga and meditation to everyone by addressing the inequities that have historically kept many people from accessing yoga spaces.


The Yoga Equity Project at Laughing River Yoga will be shaped by our Advisory Council and guided by our founding tenets.

BIPOC Advisory Council & Instructors 

Malaika DosRemedios
Sasha Finnell
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Vanessa Santos Eugenio
Mireya Guerra
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Carrie Mailloux 
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Hope Elliott

Donate to support the Yoga Equity Project!

Mail us a check made out to Laughing River Yoga with "YEP" in the memo


Make a one-time donation



Make a monthly donation with our Galactic add-on

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