James Fox – Prison Yoga Project
Multiple grants for the printing and distribution of “Yoga: A Path for Healing and Recovery,” a do-it-yourself manual of yoga and meditation practices based on more than a decade of experience in teaching yoga to incarcerated youth and adults in the Bay Area. Written specifically for incarcerated offenders who wish to change their approach to life, the book is offered to this population free of charge.
Mike Gundlach – Street Yoga
Volunteer-to teach youth at the Cordero Residential Program serving boys ages 14 to 19 who are in need of individual, group and family counseling as the result of sexual abuse.
Serving children with cancer and their siblings at Camp Happy Days in a remote part of Charleston, South Carolina.
Yoga classes for girls at the Morrison Family Sexual Abuse Treatment Program in Portland, Ore.
Incorporating journaling to help women at the Salvation Army West Women and Children’s Shelter in Portland, Ore. process and articulate their yoga experience and connect them with the emotions and events in their lives.
Bringing yoga to children from lower-income families through “Children Creating Bridges,” a local daycare center in West Chester, PA.
Africa Yoga Project
Teaching yoga and other forms of movement to street children and youth in Kenya.
Picking up boxes of donated produce from supermarkets for the nutrition programs at the local Senior Centers in two upstate New York towns.
Serving pregnant women at the Chicopee Jail in Chicopee, MA; and sharing yoga with teens at the El Dorado County juvenile detention facility.
Veterans Administration Connecticut Healthcare, Complementary Therapies Program, PTSD Clinic
For yoga accessories to do yoga therapy for four groups of Veterans, men, women, Iraq/Afghanistan, and PTSD Rehab.
A family services center for people with development disabilities, Plainville, CT, to support a new beginners yoga initiative for adults with disabilities.
To provide ongoing prenatal yoga instruction underprivileged women at all stages of pregnancy at the Families Shine Center in Chestertown, MD.
providing yoga for single mothers at the Family Leadership School in Kensington, MD.
Teaching weekly yoga classes to inacarcerated women at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.
Teaching yoga at the City of Takoma Park, MD’s Senior Yoga Program.
To produce and distribute an audio CD of iRest Yoga Nidra specifically designed for Veterans and Active Duty Military Service Members, Washington, DC.
For VetsYoga, an introductory yoga dvd for vets, featuring interviews with vets who have found yoga to be essential for their healing process, in addition to easy-to-follow practice sessions for beginners.
Teaching weekly yoga classes at Philadelphia’s FIGHT’s Institute for Community Justice.
The Calipatria State Prison in California
For a weekly yoga class serving the incarcerated.
For yoga accessories to do yoga and breath-work at the Leprosarium outside Kharare, a village south of Kathmandu, Nepal.
For prenatal yoga classes at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum security facility for women in New York.
Serving diabetic Veterans at the Washington, DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)—for yoga accessories.
Outreach yoga classes to special needs individuals and women with weight issues—people who tend to stay away from yoga studios, Oak Harbor, WA.
For yoga nidra classes at the Springfield Vet Center, MA, serving Veterans, National Guard Reservists, and Army Reservists.
Providing yoga with mental health therapy services to individuals on Medicaid and/or on disability at the Woodlands Service Central, Newark, OH.
For weekly chair and restorative yoga at the Comfort Zone Wellness and Recovery Center, a drop-in center for the mentally ill and recovering addicts.
There & Back Again
For yoga nidra classes with MA National Guard pre-deploying to help them have some tools provided by yoga/meditation prior to going into a combat theatre.
Exalted Warrior Foundation
With CDs for Yoga nidra evening classes of active duty wounded warriors and the Semper Fi Odyssey reintegration camp participants.
Yoga supplies and meditation CDs for the Warrior Wellness Program serving over 1,000 wounded warriors.
And his group, Positively In Sync, in Colorado Springs, CO, providing yoga classes for men living with HIV/AIDS.
Sarah Lewis – Yoga For Uniforms
Offering a comprehensive yoga program to help police officers deal with daily high-stress situations.
Bringing yoga to the incarcerated population at Bucks County Detention Center and Bucks County Correctional Facility, PA.
Serving victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking survivors.
Providing weekly yoga classes for older veterans at the West Haven VA Hospital in CT.
Farashe Yoga Center
Bringing community yoga programs to Palestinians living with the daily stress of military occupation.
Offering weekly yoga classes through the Veteran Services Office at the University of Colorado-Boulder campus.
Providing weekly yoga classes through the VIBS Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center in Suffolk County, NY.
Working with the Boulder County Jail to provide yoga classes to women released from incarceration.
Conscious Community Yoga
For yoga supplies at the Gila River (Thwajik Ke) Residential Treatment Center in Arizona for recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
Props for a weekly yoga class offered through the Yap Sports Council on the island of Micronesia.
Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans
Establishing yoga programs for veterans at VA facilities and universities, and training teachers to work in trauma recovery.
Prison Yoga Project – New York
A matching grant to support volunteer instructors who are bringing yoga to incarcerated adults and youth in the New York City area.
A $40,000 grant to create free video and mobile applications to share the Transformative Life Skills curriculum with educators, mental health professionals and violence prevention officials who work with at-risk youth; and a $10,000 matching grant to bring TLS to educators and other professionals working with children in the West Bank.
For publication and distribution of the book Prison Yoga – A Woman’s Practice: Healing From the Heart.
To bring yoga classes to young pregnant women and single mothers in need at Regina Maternity Services of Catholic Charities in Merrick, NY.
To bring a trauma-sensitive yoga program to The Spafford Children’s Center, serving vulnerable and disadvantaged families in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department
Props for yoga classes that serve volunteer firefighters and their families.
To support free weekly therapeutic yoga classes for veterans, active duty service members, first responders and families at Long Beach VFW Post 1384, helping community members to cope with post-traumatic stress related to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
To support free weekly classes for staff and volunteers at Home Health & Hospice Care in southern NH, offering those who serve individuals with serious illnesses the opportunity for self-care and wellness.
To support free weekly adaptive yoga classes for any military service member, veteran, or Blue Star or Gold Star family member that has suffered the death of a military service member at My Warrior’s Place Retreat Center.
To support a yoga classes for veterans taught by Toni Ann Riedel at Boots on the Ground NY, a regional non-profit based in Ronkonkoma.
To support a beginner’s yoga classes for active duty Air Force members deployed at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.
Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center
To support a new Yoga for Warriors program that enables veterans with pain and mental health problems to engage in a yoga practice.
To launch new Prison Yoga Project classes at DoC facilities in rural Colorado, including a trauma-sensitive yoga program at Fremont Correctional Facility for men in Cañon City.
The Headstrong Project
To support weekly yoga classes for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans at the Midtown Center for Treatment and Research in New York City.
To support twice-daily yoga and meditation sessions for students at alternative high school New Horizons, a school for mindfulness in New Haven, CT.
To launch yoga programs at the police academy and local fire department in Des Moines, IA.
Endorsements From Partners & Students
Here’s what grant recipients, project sponsors and the students they serve have to say about Give Back Yoga Foundation and the work we do: