Join David Swenson and Beryl Bender for 90 minutes of joyful movement, meditation, and merriment.

Beryl and David are generously donating their time as part of the Give Back Yoga Foundations’s Yoga for All campaign. This virtual workshop will include asana practice, storytelling, meditation, lots of laughter, and follow up questions and, hopefully, answers.

We believe yoga can change a life. Over the past seventeen years, Give Back Yoga has supported and trained thousands of yoga teachers to offer yoga to communities with limited access to this practice. And through our Mat Grant Program, we have distributed over 45,000 mats to 1000+ organizations that have made yoga available to individuals facing illness and hardship.

Help David and Beryl help Give Back Yoga Foundation raise money to continue the work of delivering yoga worldwide, in the most unlikely, inaccessible, and remote areas of our communities.

Meet your teachers: Beryl Bender and David Swenson

Beryl Bender

Beryl Bender, author and activist, graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in English and Philosophy and has been an avid student of classical yoga since l971. She traveled to India in l974, with her Jain teacher, Munishree Chitrabhanu, to further her studies of the Eastern Wisdom traditions. She is the founder/director of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, a prestigious and Yoga Alliance nationally recognized school that has been training yoga and meditation teachers since l980 and is now a “virtual” school, with ongoing trainings and global participation. Beryl is also the co-founder and board chair of the Give Back Yoga Foundation and the best selling author of many books on yoga, including Beyond Power Yoga and Yoga for Warriors. Her current online yoga studio, Just This, is a refuge for yogis seeking community, and connection.

David Swenson

David Swenson began practicing yoga in 1969 at the age of thirteen. His older brother Doug was his first teacher. They practiced hatha yoga from whatever books they could find. David’s introduction to Ashtanga came in 1973 when he met David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff in Encinitas, California. In 1975 David and Nancy brought K. Pattabhi Jois to the U.S. for the first time and Swenson was fortunate enough to be there. Swenson made his first trip to Mysore in 1977. He is one of a very small number of people that have learned the full Ashtanga system as it was originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois. David Swenson is recognized today as one of the world’s foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga Yoga. David has produced 5 DVD’s and is the author of the highly popular and best selling yoga book, Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual, which has been printed in 10 different languages and sold internationally.