A community yoga class dedicated to Gay, Bi, and Trans men was launched in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Yoga, Pilates and Spin instructor, Hiiro Prince, created the Vancouver Gay Men’s Yoga (VGMY) as part of his True Identity Movement Project in collaboration with QMUNITY. The donation-based community classes run three times a week, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday on Davies Street near The Fountainhead Pub in Downtown Vancouver.
The program was launched at the beginning of October 2016. The aim was to provide a gentle physical practice and focus on the principles of the Eight Limbs of Yoga – guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life according to traditional yogic teachings.
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VGMY was intended to be a non-dogmatic, neutral and open-minded community, welcoming all schools of thought, belief and perspectives of life and practice. The intention of the classes was to combine yoga, pranayama, meditation and other elements of mindfulness to support gay males, especially youth and young adults.
The True Identity Movement Project was created in order to showcase projects Prince was passionate to support. Inspired by experiences from his own life and how he used the tools of yoga and mindfulness to work through them, the True Identity Movement Project extended this knowledge and support to empower others.
“When I was growing up, I didn’t really have as much of a support and the tools I wish I could have had, that I was able to find in my young adult years, now going into my mid adult years. The True Identity Project has a huge idea that we’re never done developing, we’re always works in progress, and we’re always just trying to be the best version of ourselves possible,” Prince explained on the official website for the project.
The classes will be run with the support of QMUNITY, a non-profit organization which provides a safe, inclusive space for members of the LGBTQ/2S community to thrive.
QMUNITY also offers space for GenYoga, a free peer facilitated group for the Queer community and Allies, plus various addiction support groups, and youth groups.