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.
Melanie has dedicated her life and work to transforming what it means to live with stress, trauma, PTSD, and an eating disorder. Melanie guides her students on their own journey to reclaiming their authentic selves through embodied living.
Claudia Cavazza has been teaching yoga to veterans and first responders for years. She has shared the practice of yoga with veterans with the hope that in doing so they might not experience the suffering that her grandparents and family endured.
Julia Dillon is an editor for a foundational 12-step organization, Y12SR leader, and an RYT-500 with the New England School of Integrative Yoga. Julia has taught in studio, outpatient rehab, hospital, corporate and private settings.
David Swenson is recognized as one of the world's foremost practitioners and teachers of Asthanga Yoga. In this short interview, David shares his experience of the impact a yoga mat can have—how it challenge and inspire, and even change lives.
When her best friend passed away, Mariah struggled with walking and moving. After yoga helped her to regain independence, she created Yoga for CP to show others with Cerebral Palsy and disability that they too can practice yoga.
Arianna Aron, Founder of Mudgies Yoga LLC, is a Give Back Yoga supporter & mat grant recipient. Here, Arianna shares what the power of a yoga mat means to her and talks about her experience of fundraising for Give Back Yoga.
After nineteen years of teaching languages in secondary and post-secondary schools, Susie was ready for a change. Now, she serves as the Program Director for Prison Yoga Project-Alabama. This is her story.
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.
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.
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.
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.