YogaHOPE was founded in 2006 by Sue Jones based on her personal experience of using yoga and mindfulness to aid in her recovery from a debilitating depression. During this process, Sue was struck by the disparity in access to yoga practice as a powerful tool for empowerment and healing and wanted to do something about it.
Through years of experience offering yoga classes to women in recovery, Sue discovered many programming needs that were being missed. The women were hungry for a clear understanding of their emotional anatomy and were in need of simple, effective and accessible tools. They wanted more information on how they could take their yoga off their mats and into their lives, while community teachers and clinicians were in need of a deliverable program that was replicable, measurable, and most of all, proven effective.
With this inspiration, Sue created yogaHOPE to facilitate access to yoga and mindfulness education specifically for women experiencing debilitating life transitions such as establishing independence from domestic violence, finding self-sufficiency from homelessness, and recovering from drug addiction or sexual assault. After additional years of research, Sue led the development of yogaHOPE’s Trauma Informed Mind Body (TIMBo) program. The TIMBo program offers a deliverable, research-based curriculum based on the ways in which mind-body practices allow for long-term traumatic stress recovery. With a focus on helping women to reprogram the body’s conditioned responses, TIMBo has the effect of empowering incarcerated and recovering women to understand and then regulate their responses to stimuli, thus stopping the dangerous cycle of violence in families and communities.