Our Mission

Awaken. Transform. Give Back.

The Give Back Yoga Foundation believes in making yoga available to all those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the transformational benefits of this powerful practice. As a national non profit yoga organization, we support and fund certified teachers in all traditions to offer the teachings of yoga to under-served and under-resourced socio-economic segments of the community. Through this work, we aim to inspire grassroots social change and community cooperation.

The Give Back Yoga Foundation, Inc. is a registered nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations made to Give Back Yoga are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law.

We prohibit discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. Give Back Yoga also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all Give Back Yoga Foundation events and resources.

Federal Tax ID: 20-8666751
VACT Vendor #: 37348
DUNN #: 969429377

Our Programs

Eat Breathe Thrive
Supporting positive body image through yoga and community.

Mindful Yoga Therapy
Helping veterans to calm their body and mind through yoga.

Prison Yoga Project
Teaching incarcerated men and women non-violent problem resolution.

Yoga of 12-Step Recovery
Supporting addiction recovery and relapse prevention through yoga.

Yoga 4 Cancer
Supporting long-term wellbeing for those touched by cancer.

Video by Ramblin Jackson, Boulder CO

Board Members

Our board members guide the vision and operations of Give Back Yoga, empowering us to serve in a sustainable and effective way.

Beryl Bender Birch

Co-Founder & Board Member

Rob Schware

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Suzanne Manafort

Mindful Yoga Therapy Director & Give Back Yoga Board Member

Ann Richardson Stevens

Board Member

Advisory Board

By helping us to give back and spread the word about our mission, these internationally recognized teachers are igniting the flame of yoga service.

Elena Brower

Seane Corn

Bo Forbes

Rolf Gates

Amy Ippoliti

Cyndi Lee

Manorama

Rod Stryker

Stan Woodman

Board Member

Program Directors

Our program directors lead evidence-based yoga therapy programs and teacher trainings that support underserved populations.

James Fox

Prison Yoga Project Founder & Director

Suzanne Manafort

Mindful Yoga Therapy Director & Give Back Yoga Board Member

Nikki Myers

Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Founder & Director

Tari Prinster

yoga 4 cancer Founder & Director

Chelsea Roff

Eat Breathe Thrive Founder & Director

Team Members

It takes a village to run a successful nonprofit yoga organization. This is our community.

Desiré Anastasia

Research Assistant

Corti Cooper

Director of Branding & Technology

Jeneane Dunlap

Media Manager

Jack Jostes

Video Marketing & SEO

Lezlie Laws

White Paper Editor

Emily McFaul

Director of Communications & Social Media Marketing

Sophie Miller

Executive Assistant

Christine Moore

108 Program Manager & Supply Grant Coordinator

Marcia Pearce

Philanthropy Advisor

Anthony Scaletta

Outreach Coordinator for Veterans

Katie Scott

Donor Support

Kelly Tienken

Bookkeeper