Yoga in Victoria, BC
Soldier On, in partnership with OneYoga Victoria, will be offering three weekly sessions of Yoga on June 2-16 from 2-3 p.m. These 60-minute sessions will be open to all levels of experience and will be tailored to meet the needs of the participants. This event is open to anyone within a one-hour drive of the Greater Victoria Region.
This activity will bring together up to eight serving and retired ill/injured CAF members, allowing participants to connect through peer support and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.
This activity is open to all levels of fitness and experience. The instructors will follow a gentle, trauma-informed approach to teaching the basics of yoga. Each session will allow participants to experience a different style of yoga and connecting the breath to gentle and calming movement.
The activity will include:
- One hour of yoga instruction
- The use of all studio facilities and equipment.
Assistance throughout the event will be provided courtesy of One Yoga Victoria
Participants should arrive a minimum of 10 minutes prior to each class to get settled into their space.
*If the BC Public Health Guidelines for COVID-19 are modified and do not allow the participation of low-intensity group fitness, One Yoga will post-pone the event to a future date.
The number of Soldier On participants is limited to eight.
Minimum eligibility criteria
Any serving member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) from the Greater Victoria Region who acquired a permanent physical or mental health illness or injury while enrolled as a member of the CAF; whether attributable or not to service.
Due to the current Public Health Guidelines discouraging interregional travel, this event is for local Victoria residents and travel assistance will not be provided.
OneYoga Victoria encourages participants to bring their own waterbottles to stay hydrated during the classes.
Medical clearance may be required by your chain of command.
Mental & Physical Requirements
Participants must be able to tolerate one hour of light paced physical activity. Participants will be joined with other ill/injured members and civilians, and therefore should be able to function in a social environment.
Soldier On events are planned in accordance with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal public health measures (PHM) and regulations as well as the Canadian Armed Forces health policy and guidelines. The health and safety of Soldier On participants and staff, PSP staff, and CAF TG personnel are paramount. While specific safety precautions for each event will depend on the scope, scale and location of the event, the utmost care will be undertaken to ensure the risk associated with the spread of COVID-19 is very low.
Specific precautions, rules, regulations and observances will be communicated to selected participants for this specific camp in due course, but all applicants must be prepared to:
- Be familiar with, and adhere to current PHM regulations and guidance;
- Complete the respective provincial / territorial or federal government COVID-19 self-assessment tool before attending the event;
- Refrain from participating in a Soldier On event if they have tested positive for COVID-19, have come in contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms of the virus;
- Practice physical distancing during activity, including the use of non-medical mask when appropriate;
- Follow all safety precautions provided by Soldier On and its sport service providers;
- Adhere to a stringent use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and perform rigorous hand hygiene;
- Inform Soldier On immediately if you are not feeling well.
Soldier On, during the conduct of this activity, shall:
- Ensure that the event is conducted following the current PHM regulations and guidelines of the location in question;
- Ensure that all staff and participants are using PPE properly and following necessary protocols;
- Soldier On will cease the event if participants do not respect any of the health and safety protocols that are in place;
- Ensure PPE, hand sanitizer and disinfectant supplies are available and are being used;
- Continue to monitor the further provincial lifting of or changes in restrictions which may affect their operations;
- Track physical interactions (time/date/attendees/location) on physical activity log.
The event OPI will confirm in writing with the participants selected for this activity. A joining instruction will be issued prior to event; ensuring applicants are authorized to participate IAW applicable policies & eligibility criteria.