How did we get here?
In 2015 Roots2Rise founder, Tim Wagner was asked to teach yoga to men at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, a Philadelphia County jail that holds men awaiting trial. In 2016, Tim taught 80 classes to the men at CFCF. After one of his classes, an inmate approached him and asked, “Why are you here?” Tim started to answer, but was interrupted by the man who clarified, “I mean, why was this practice not available before I ended up here? I needed you out there.” From that moment, Roots2Rise made an intentional shift to move away from in-facility programming to focus on community access and community service in neighborhoods across Philadelphia. Roots2Rise has since partnered with schools, shelters, community centers, hospitals, businesses, service organizations, libraries, and parks and recreational facilities across the Philadelphia region to offer yoga and mindfulness to anyone who wants to come to a class.
In 2017 Roots2Rise facilitated over 900 classes to 7,200 participants.
why serve, why us?
Roots2Rise serves Philadelphia and the surrounding area.
We believe in service. We work to meet every student, every person where they are with empathy, compassion and love.
Our teachers have worked in correctional facilities, shelters, libraries, community centers, hospitals, schools, businesses, service organizations and city facilities. We believe in partnership and the creation of long term relationships that foster and cultivate community.