Over the past twelve years, we have helped thousands of people access the therapeutic benefits of yoga.
Many of our beneficiaries came to yoga to cope with unthinkable challenges — a cancer diagnosis, a lifetime of incarceration, systemic bias and oppression. We believe every one of these individuals has an important story to tell — about their lives, the adversity they’ve faced, and the unique role yoga played in their growth and healing.
As she listened to a conversation about violence in schools in 2004, Dee Marie had an idea: teach ahimsa in schools. But her plan was trickier than anticipated to implement. Dee Marie shares how the story unfolded.
Dr. Shannon Prince is a Black social justice lawyer, legal commentator, author, and yogi. In this interview, she shares her thoughts on yoga as an antiracist practice, and how to cultivate the skills to fight prejudice — on and off the mat.
In 2019, Gina Barrett found herself called to serve at the U.S.-Mexico border. Guided by earlier work in Central America and Jamaica as an expert in international administration, Gina founded the Casa de Paz SLV.
Arnab Bishnu Chowdhury shares the inspiration behind his multi-modality training program, 'Know Your Rhythm,' details of an ongoing healing project for Covid healthcare workers in India, and his thoughts on the future of yoga therapy.
Mark Stefanowksi, Founder of Full Throttle Yoga, has been supporting Give Back Yoga for a decade. In this short interview, he shares what is it about Give Back Yoga and its programs that he feels is essential.
Susie Rokosch turned to yoga as a desperate attempt to manage chronic pain and health complications from a car accident. Now, she works with Yoga 4 Change to share the therapeutic effects of the practice with others.
Executive Director of Yoga Service Council, Rajni Tripathi, shares what it means to be in the line of service, the relationship between the helper and the enabler, and why service has nothing to with you.
Since his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 1996, Garth McLean has managed his condition with yoga. In this inspiring interview, Garth shares his experience of the effects of yoga, and why he describes his diagnosis as “a blessing.”
In this heartfelt interview, Nicole reflects on her yoga journey: what stimulated (and sustains) her appetite for yoga, and how her personal therapeutic work informs and supports her ability to offer a therapeutic space to others.
I was diagnosed with cancer when I was five years old. Yoga helped me get through it. Now, I want to study how yoga can help kids feel better during treatment and help them deal with stress afterwards.
From Transcendental Meditation and physical injury, to a sampler yoga class and a “eureka!” moment. This is how the seeds of the Give Back Yoga Foundation were sown—and how my yoga service journey began.
After pain forced me to quit my dream career as a professional musician, yoga was the reason I started playing music again. Now, I help other New Orlean musicians create comfort and ease in their body through the transformative nature of yoga.
When my brain grew too big for my skull, I had to have brain surgery. The months that followed were one of the most difficult periods of my life; they challenged me physically, mentally, and emotionally. Yoga helped me to create a new reality.
When I was forced to return to the small town life I had fled from, I vowed to create what I was looking for when I left. I wanted to introduce alternative life choices to those who were suffering; I wanted to teach yoga. There was one problem: I had never even taken a yoga class.