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Who we are

The Be Free Yoga Foundation was created in the fall of 2015 by Katie Jolicoeur. Katie had struggled with her mental health throughout her teen years and into early adulthood. Katie moved through a deep depression that lasted most of 2015 and spent a few of those months very suicidal, she leaned heavily on the support of those around her as well as on her yoga practice. After this time Katie realized how inaccessible yoga and meditation really is, and especially difficult to access if you maybe struggling with your mental health, this inspired her to start the Be Free Yoga Foundation (formally known as the Be Free Project).

The Be Free Yoga Foundation breaks down many of the barriers that people may face when looking for support for their mental health. We offer our classes alongside organizations who are already supporting those who maybe dealing with various mental health issues or mental illness. Our classes are free of charge for the participant, and they are offered in spaces they are already familiar with, such as their mental health clinic, hospitals, schools, and shelters. The Be Free Yoga Foundation also supplies yoga mats, and compassionate and qualified yoga teachers to run the classes.

Since starting with one class in Spruce grove, we have grown now to 6 regular weekly classes that run on a full time basis serving Parkland County, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Edmonton and the surrounding area. The Be Free Yoga Foundation also offers, part time programming, providing support for hundreds of people every year.

We are proud of the work we do within our community as we help provide access to quality programming and break down the stigma associated with mental illnesss.

#befreefromstigma.

 
 

The Team

 
Katie  - Founder, Executive Director, & Teacher

Katie - Founder, Executive Director, & Teacher

Stephanie  - Teacher  I have been teaching various styles of yoga since 2014. I first fell in love with yoga when I was trying different activities/ workouts to help with my chronic daily migraines. Yoga was the only type of exercise that didn’t make it worst, so I got excited and decided to take my yoga teacher training to deepen my personal practice. From that point I fell in love with sharing yoga with others.  I love teaching for the project because it is so powerful and humbling to be able to hold space for students. Knowing that I can show up and share my practice weekly can make a huge impact on someone moving through something.

Stephanie - Teacher

I have been teaching various styles of yoga since 2014. I first fell in love with yoga when I was trying different activities/ workouts to help with my chronic daily migraines. Yoga was the only type of exercise that didn’t make it worst, so I got excited and decided to take my yoga teacher training to deepen my personal practice. From that point I fell in love with sharing yoga with others.

I love teaching for the project because it is so powerful and humbling to be able to hold space for students. Knowing that I can show up and share my practice weekly can make a huge impact on someone moving through something.

Kailee  - Teacher  Kailee was born and raised in Ontario but has lived in Manitoba, Nunavut and now calls Alberta home. Home is where the heart is. Home is where you make it. Home for her is when she steps onto her mat. Yoga has been a part of her life for over 12 years and has helped her mentally, physically and emotionally.  In 2017, she travelled to Thailand and completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher's Training. It is something she had been wanting to do for as long as she could remember.  Kailee truly believe things happen when the time is right and this couldn't have happened at a better time for her. She quit her job as a Correctional Officer and is now a yoga teacher and reiki master.  Kailee wanted to work with the Be Free Foundation because yoga has helped her so much through her own mental health issues, during and after leaving Corrections. Her practice helps her to ground and reconnect with her body and if she can show someone else the same, then she has succeeded.

Kailee - Teacher

Kailee was born and raised in Ontario but has lived in Manitoba, Nunavut and now calls Alberta home. Home is where the heart is. Home is where you make it. Home for her is when she steps onto her mat. Yoga has been a part of her life for over 12 years and has helped her mentally, physically and emotionally.

In 2017, she travelled to Thailand and completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher's Training. It is something she had been wanting to do for as long as she could remember.

Kailee truly believe things happen when the time is right and this couldn't have happened at a better time for her. She quit her job as a Correctional Officer and is now a yoga teacher and reiki master.

Kailee wanted to work with the Be Free Foundation because yoga has helped her so much through her own mental health issues, during and after leaving Corrections. Her practice helps her to ground and reconnect with her body and if she can show someone else the same, then she has succeeded.