Yoga Workshops & Retreats

Yoga, Breathing and Meditation

An essential aspect of recovering from trauma is learning ways to calm down or self-regulate. For thousands of years, Yoga has been offered as a practice that helps one calm the mind and body. Yoga practices, including meditation, relaxation, breathing and physical postures, can reduce autonomic sympathetic activation, muscle tension, and blood pressure, improve neuroendocrine and hormonal activity, decrease physical symptoms, emotional distress, and improve quality of life.

Specific Benefits of the Workshop/Retreat for Victims of Violence

The experience of trauma affects the entire human organism—body, mind, and spirit—and that is why the whole organism must be engaged in the healing process. Yoga offers a natural healing process to any person who is a survivor of physical, emotional and sexual abuse/neglect, or any other severe traumas. For these reasons, Yoga is a promising treatment or adjunctive therapy for addressing the cognitive, emotional, and physiological symptoms associated with trauma. The workshop promises to reduce stress, create a greater sense of joy, happiness and enthusiasm, enabling the participants to experience a higher self-esteem with more confidence and an increased development of interpersonal skills.

Target Groups

This free workshop/retreat may be offered in a variety of settings such as centers and shelters for survivors of Human Trafficking; residential schools for troubled teens; domestic violence shelters; juvenile detention centers, and any community or residential facilities that are working with victims of violence and abuse in Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and Orange County. Furthermore, the workshop/retreat can also be offered to clients outside of the facilities who would like to sign up for the retreats, which may be conducted in Laguna Hills, Irvine, Santa Ana, or the Yorba Linda area from time to time.


In order to have a lasting impact and tangible benefits, clients should commit to attend a minimum of one 3 hour    workshop, or, better, a 15 hour “RISE UP PROGRAM” retreat starting on Friday evening and ending on Sunday afternoon. The schedule is as follows:

  • Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Introduction and Talk / Including Dinner
  • Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00pm /Lunch Break/ 1:00pm - 4:00pm / Including Beverage and Snack
  • Sunday: 9:00am - 12:00pm /Lunch Break/ 1:00pm - 4:00pm / Including Beverage and Snack

There will be a 3 hour follow up session for 3 consecutive weeks after the weekend retreat, including a 1 hour complimentary meal or snack break for all the attendees. (Day /Time will be mutually arranged)

Team & Partnerships

Angels Joy has teamed up with psychologists, rehab counselors, and yoga/meditation instructors. Our current partners are International Association for Human Values, Yoga Center of Orange County, New Life Treatment Center, Norooz Clinic, World Divine Light ("Divine Light purifies Spirit, Mind and Body. You can now have a great opportunity to experience this wonderful Spiritual Art."), Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre - Himachal Pradesh & Goa in India. They offer various Yoga Courses and Teachers Training Courses.

We also have team up with Chaitanya Wellness ( of Bangalore. They offer various Yoga Classes at bangalore in their studio and they give corporate yoga, home yoga visits as well. There is a Special Yoga Retreat coming up in 20th Feb 2017. It is organised at Goa. Please visit these yoga retreat pages to know more details and how to join the retreat courses -

Yoga Retreat Course
Yoga Retreat and De-toxification course

We are looking forward to joining with more organizations and skilled volunteers in order to enhance this community service in the near future.

This workshop along with other ones such as ‘Healing with Art’ and ‘Cooking’ and services such as ‘Haircut and Makeover’ have been offered at CSP and Beverley House.

YOGA for The Victims of Violence at the Yoga Center of California