Hands to Heart Center (HTHC)

Hands to Heart Center:
Yoga for the People

Hands to Heart Center (HTCH) is a nonprofit organization that shares the healing practices of yoga and mindfulness with people affected by addiction, poverty and trauma in Greater Boston. HTHC was founded in 2014 by AIP Program Director Susan Lovett. In 2017, AIP became the fiscal sponsor for HTHC.

Susan is a licensed clinical social worker, licensed K-8 classroom teacher, 200-hour trained yoga teacher, mindfulness facilitator and 300-hour trained facilitator of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She is a member of the Yoga Service Council and the Yoga and Body Image Coalition and an Ambassador of Accessible Yoga. Susan is also certified in Yoga for Children and Teens as well as Yoga for 12-Step Recovery.

A growing body of evidence shows that yoga is effective in alleviating anxiety, depression, stress and trauma. HTHC is making this resource accessible, inclusive and inspiring by mobilizing and supporting trained yoga teachers to volunteer in Boston’s low-income communities with under-served populations.

HTHC has over 65 community partners including ABCD, AIDS Action Committee, Boston Public Library, Boston Public Health Coalition, Boston Public Schools, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Project, Brookview House, Devine Recovery Center, Elizabeth Stone House, Gavin Foundation, Home for Little Wanderers, MSPCC, NAACP and the VA Hospital.

HTHC’s Community Yoga Teachers provide customized, trauma sensitive yoga and mindfulness classes in branch libraries, community centers, detention units, domestic violence shelters, high-poverty schools, homeless shelters, hospitals, public housing developments and residential treatment programs. To apply to become a Community Yoga Teacher or to request a yoga class series, please visit the Hands to Heart Center website.

Why Hands to Heart Center?

  • Benefits

    A growing body of evidence shows that yoga is effective in alleviating anxiety, depression, stress and trauma.

  • Mobilization

    HTHC is making this resource accessible, inclusive and inspiring by mobilizing and supporting trained yoga teachers to volunteer in Boston’s low-income communities with under-served populations.