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Introducing: Our 108 Studio Partnership Program

 

Now, there’s a new way to give back from the mat: Give Back Yoga’s 108 Studio Partnership Program. We’re inviting studios across the country to join the Give Back family and raise funds for a service program of your choice, helping certified yoga teachers and yoga therapists to bring this healing mind/body practice to those who are most vulnerable.

How the 108 Studio Partnership Program Works

Over a one-year period, partner studios give back by hosting a monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly fundraiser to help bring yoga to those who might not otherwise experience this transformational practice. This can be as simple as a donation class held on a specific day each month. Or it can be an exciting opportunity for your community to come together for special events such as a 108 Sun Salutations practice or a guest teacher, speaker or artist.

Our 108 partners also host a “Give Back Yoga Month” to jump-start the program and raise awareness for Give Back Yoga’s mission, sharing information during regularly scheduled classes and collecting donations at the front desk.

How Your Studio Can Make a Difference

With your help, Give Back Yoga can support our partner programs in expanding their reach, bringing therapeutic yoga to even more of the people we aim to serve. Through the 108 Partnership Program, studio communities can give wings to programs like:

  • Eat Breathe Thrive: Fostering positive body image and overcoming eating disorders.
  • Mindful Yoga Therapy: Helping veterans to find a calm and steady body/mind.
  • Prison Yoga Project: Teaching skills for non-violent problem resolution and healing.
  • Give Back Yoga: Supporting our operations to cover our largest areas of need.

 How the Program Benefits Studios

Becoming a 108 Studio Partner can help studios to build a close-knit community of the heart by gathering students around a common cause. It’s also a way to help students begin to explore and practice karma yoga, by giving back a gift that has touched each of their lives — the gift of a practice that can transform from the inside out.

The 108 Studio Partnership Program can also help studios to raise their online and local presence, as organizers work with community partners and Give Back Yoga to cross-promote events large and small through online and offline channels. Additionally, Give Back Yoga issues an end-of-year tax receipt to all active 108 Studio Partners, which may help your studio to offset expenses.

What 108 Studio Partners Are Saying About the Program

“It is important to extend the ancient teachings of yoga out beyond the space of yoga studios and into the world where it can reach the many people in need who may never walk through the doors of a yoga center. The time-tested benefits of a regular yoga practice are profound not just on the individual, but on all of society, essentially creating more peace for all.  At a time in human history when there is a tremendous amount of chaos, Give Back Yoga supports growth, healing and harmony for all of society.  I am happy and grateful to have my yoga studio community give back as a whole while benefitting on so many levels from the 108 Studio collaboration with Give Back Yoga Foundation.” — Annie Freedom, founder of Samadhi Center for Yoga, Denver, CO

 

Become a 108 Studio Partner or learn more: email 108@givebackyoga.org to request information on getting started.

 


Connect with our 108 Studio Partners:

 

True Nature Healing ArtsLotus House of YogaYoga Pod LoDoYoga Studio SatyaYoga Pod BoulderOutlaw Yoga

 

Main image courtesy of Merrick Chase Photography.

Join Us for A Day of Yoga! Community Event for High Risk Youth

JOIN BOULDER BODY WEAR AND GBYF FOR “A DAY OF YOGA”!

On October 12th, Boulder’s Yoga community will come together for “A Day of Yoga”. This fundraiser and community builder through Boulder Body Wear will raise funds for the Give Back Yoga Foundation’s “At-Risk Youth” program.

The need is pressing. In 2013, the high school dropout rate across the US was 20%. And the cost of a dropout and poor school performance is reflected in the following statistics – 60-75% of prisoners have not graduated from high school*, the annual cost of dropouts to society is currently $292B*, the cost of incarcerating one juvenile for one year is $88K**. Finally, the United States spends on average $6B per year on the incarcerations of youth in America per year***.

How GBYF Is Bringing Yoga and Mindfulness to At-Risk Youth

In 2013, Give Back Yoga awarded a $40,000 grant to Niroga Institute for the development of video lessons to help educators, mental health professionals and violence prevention officials share Transformative Life Skills with at-risk youth. A $10,000 matching grant was also awarded to help Niroga train educators and professionals to share TLS with children in the politically unstable region of Palestine’s West Bank.

To help as many at-risk students as possible to stay in school and build a better life, Give Back Yoga is now supporting Niroga Institute’s campaign to fund 1,000 online training scholarships for educators who serve in schools where 50% or more of the students receive free or reduced-price meals. With an average of 25 students in each classroom, the campaign is designed to impact the lives of 25,000 at-risk students across the country — helping them to develop skills that will support academic success, as well as social and emotional learning.

A Day of Yoga: Class Schedule

11:30 AM: Yoga Loft with Jeff Bailey

12:00 PM: Core Power with Raj Seymour

12:30 PM: Yoga Junction with Nichole Golden.

1:00 PM: Give Back Yoga with Shanti Medina

1:30 PM: Radiance Power Yoga with Marsha Rodwin

2:00 PM: Outlaw Yoga with Mark Stefanowski

2:30 PM: Studio Be with Michelle Anderson

Body Dynamics has partnered with us to donate their space, located next to Boulder Body Wear in the Marriott Hotel building. Each studio will have a 20 minute class with 10 minutes after which for questions and sharing. Some of the best instructors from Boulder County will be teaching and sharing during this event, making it the perfect time to experience community while learning about different studios and types of yoga. A $10 donation per class or $30 donation for the day is encouraged. Boulder Body Wear will also be donating 10% of the profit from the days sales. Coupons for classes are available at BBW and you can reserve your class space by calling 303-447-9100.

Please bring your mat and spend the day coming together to support a better tomorrow for youth across the country!

Read more about the classes on offer during “A Day of Yoga.”

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*America’s Promise Alliance.org; The Consequences of Dropping Out of School, The Center of Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University; Cross-National Comparison of Youth Justice, Neal Hazel.

Thrive and Shine! June 11th Talent Show & Hoopy Hour to Benefit GBYF

Join Give Back Yoga on Wednesday, June 11th for delicious, organic, farm-to-table food and inspiring community at Boulder’s Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place! 10% of the evening’s food purchases and all donations collected through the night will benefit Give Back Yoga’s mission of bringing yoga and mindfulness to underserved communities like first responders, veterans, at-risk teens, prisoners and those with disordered body image.

All donations from the talent show will support Eat, Breathe, Thrive®, Give Back Yoga’s cutting edge, transformative program that integrates yoga, mindfulness and community support to prevent eating disorders, and to help individuals recover from disordered eating and negative body image.

Event Schedule

Location: Shine Restaurant, 2027 13th St. Boulder, CO

Date & Time: June 11, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

5-7 p.m.: Hoopy Hour with Kristina Sutcliff of O Dance – $6.00

8-10 p.m.: Thrive and Shine Community Give Back Talent Show – $8+ donation at the door

Happy Hour specials begin at 5 pm; dinner served all evening

 Talent Lineup

Jim Beckwith, Live! Music for Yoga

Chuck White

Colleen Vistara with Jeremy Kurn

“One Big Yes”

Christine Moore, ShimmYogini

Kristina Sutcliffe of O Dance and hoop dancer Kristina Brothis

Dana Gonzalez

Scott and Shanti Medina

Pam Mayer of Pam Hoops

The Schiff Dance Collective Training Company

Jinju of Soul Flow Arts

Help Others To Thrive

Support this community event by spreading the word! Share this post, or join our Facebook event and invite others to stop by.  Can’t make it? Help us to give back yoga by making a direct donation to support Eat Breathe Thrive or the Give Back Yoga project of your choice. Every dollar makes a difference.

We are grateful to our sponsors:

CALMING KIDS: Creating a non-violent world by training adults to reach children through yoga.

Brenda Taylor Photography: Headshots, portraits and special events.

Foodie Fuel: High-protein, gluten-free snacks.

Christine Moore, Shimmyogini.

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Become a Sustaining Member: Join Our Monthly Donation Program

If you believe in what we’re doing, here’s one very powerful way to support our mission of sharing yoga and meditation with those in need: become a Sustaining Member of Give Back Yoga Foundation.

How does it work? Simple: just visit our Donate Today page and make a contribution using the “monthly donation” option. This will create a recurring payment profile through PayPal, which will automatically bill you for the same contribution amount once a month going forward. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law, and you’ll receive a letter at the end of each year acknowledging your total contribution.

What it is: a simple way to give back. For just $15 a month – the cost of one yoga class – you can share yoga resources with someone in need, making a direct difference in their lives. Through the collective power of many small contributions, we can grow a grassroots movement of social change and healing. We hope that you’ll be a part of it!

What it isn’t: a contract. Your recurring donation profile is managed through PayPal. If your situation changes, you can choose to suspend your monthly contribution or change the amount of your donation, so that you’re always giving back in a way that’s right for you. Just drop us a line at info@givebackyoga.org.

Are you passionate about a specific program? We invite you to route your donation directly to that work. You can help us to bring yoga to veterans, individuals with eating disorders, prisoners or at-risk youth.

Or make a general donation, and we’ll put your contribution to work where it’s needed most. To learn more about our program goals and how we use general and specific contributions, visit our Donate Today page.

Will you join Give Back Yoga Foundation as a Sustaining Member? Together, we can share the transformational benefits of yoga and mindfulness with the world…one person at a time.

Become a Sustaining Member: Join Our Monthly Donation Program

If you believe in what we’re doing, here’s one very powerful way to support our mission of sharing yoga and meditation with those in need: become a Sustaining Member of Give Back Yoga Foundation.

How does it work? Simply visit our Membership page and choose a monthly amount you’d like to contribute, and a program you’d like to support. Through the checkout process, you’ll set up a recurring payment profile that automatically bills your card each month. You’ll receive a notification by email when each debit is made. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law, and you’ll also receive a thank-you package by mail. Check out our membership benefits. 

What it is: a simple way to give back.

For just $15 a month – the cost of one yoga class – you can share yoga resources with someone in need, making a direct difference in their lives. Through the collective power of many small contributions, we can grow a grassroots movement of social change and healing. We hope that you’ll be a part of it!

What it isn’t: a contract.

You’ll be able to manage your recurring donation profile through the Give Back Yoga website. If your situation changes, you can put your monthly contribution on hold or change the amount of your donation, so that you’re always giving back in a way that’s right for you. Need help? Drop us a line at info@givebackyoga.org.

Find out how you can give from the heart.

Are you passionate about bringing yoga to a specific population? We invite you to route your donation directly to that work. You can help us to bring yoga to veterans, first responders, individuals with eating disorders, prisoners or those recovering from addiction.

Or make a general donation, and we’ll put your contribution to work where it’s needed most. To learn more about our program goals and how we use general and specific contributions, visit our Program pages.

Will you join Give Back Yoga Foundation as a Sustaining Member? Together, we can share the transformational benefits of yoga and mindfulness with the world…one person at a time.

Rob Schware: The State of Yoga Service

As Executive Director of the Give Back Yoga Foundation and President of the Yoga Service Council, Rob Schware is proud to be part of a growing movement of yoga service providers who are helping to address societal problems such as school dropout rates, substance abuse, PTSD and high rates of re-imprisonment through therapeutic yoga outreach. Today, yoga service providers are reaching an estimated  200,000 individuals each year – including abused women, veterans, at-risk youth, cancer patients, prisoners and the homeless.

In “The State of Yoga Service,” Rob weighs in on:

  • the science behind yoga’s ability to change neurobiology
  • why the true experience of yoga inspires service
  • the progress of yoga service to date
  • how yoga outreach can benefit society
  • two important conversations that will take place in 2014
  • the impact of donations to Give Back Yoga
  • how to be inspired by stories of service, and how to contribute your own talents

 

If you believe in the power of yoga to plant the seeds of grassroots social change and healing, you won’t want to miss this special report on the state of yoga service in 2014.

 

Download “The State of Yoga Service.”

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Join us in giving back from your mat! By donating the equivalent cost of one yoga class – just $15 per month – you can bring yoga to a veteran, prisoner, at-risk teen or another person in need. Your contribution could transform a life.

GBYF & Niroga Institute Bring Yoga to the Next Generation in Palestine

In August, Give Back Yoga Foundation awarded a $10,000 matching grant to help the Niroga Institute bring its Transformative Life Skills curriculum to educators and other professionals working with children in the politically unstable region of the West Bank. A dynamic mindfulness program that integrates yoga, breathing techniques and meditation, the TLS program is designed to help at-risk youth better cope with trauma and stress. We caught up with Niroga Institute founder BK Bose after his team’s trip to Palestine to learn how TLS is having an impact in the Middle East, and how the Niroga Institute is building a more resilient and peaceful next generation.

Yoga in the Middle East

“This is exactly what we need! It is evidence-based and trauma-informed, and our children have so much stress and trauma. Will you help us bring this into our schools?”

This plaintive plea arrived in the summer of 2012 in an email from Maha El-Shawreb, a public health professional in Palestine, upon seeing our curriculum and the compelling research results supporting it. A few months later, Maha sent a representative from the Farashe Yoga Center in Ramallah to be trained at our day-long Transformative Life Skills (TLS) training. She, in turn, trained 15 newly certified Palestinian yoga teachers – and one of the yoga teachers, Mirna Ali, took TLS to four public schools in Nablus.

“The results have been remarkable,” noted Maha. “Students, teachers and parents consistently report that TLS has improved the students’ focus and concentration, enhanced classroom climate and school-wide learning environment, and improved interactions at home between children and their parents and families.”

This three-pronged feedback trickled up to educators and administrators at UNRWA, and they want to substantially expand the TLS program in schools across the West Bank.

With grant funding from the Give Back Yoga Foundation, a team of trainers and researchers led by the Niroga Institute recently went to Palestine and conducted a series of TLS trainings for over 200 educators, health professionals, social workers and refugee service providers throughout the West Bank. The response has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic – some participants have already started teaching TLS in their schools the day after receiving training, and they want Niroga trainers back in 6 months!

I dream about the possibilities for abiding peace throughout the world if we could bring TLS to an entire generation of children caught in conflict, as well as the adults around them. TLS could help them regulate their emotions and make them more resilient in the face of chronic stress and trauma, rewiring brains and changing behavior one breath at a time. TLS could help in bringing joy where there is sadness, shedding light where there is darkness, sowing love where there hatred, and building hope where there is despair.

It will require all of our passion and compassion, vision and imagination to bring yoga where it is most needed throughout the world. Share your time, talent and treasure with us so that we can scale and sustain these time-tested practices, and help change the world one breath at a time.

Bidyut K. Bose, PhD
Founder and Executive Director
Niroga Institute

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You can help Niroga Institute to change the lives of teens by making a donation through Give Back Yoga Foundation to support At-Risk Youth. To see how Niroga Institute is “changing the zip code of yoga” and helping youths across the globe to overcome challenges, check out this powerful video.

Gina Garcia: Yoga for Everyone, Everywhere. Yoga Across America

Executive Director Rob Schware talks with Yoga Across America founder Gina Garcia for The Huffington Post Blog to learn how her non-profit is bringing yoga to high school students and vets.

“With the suicide rate among veterans at an all-time high, sharing yoga with these men and women is a gift for everyone. This is not about anyone’s view on war, it’s about humanity. Connecting through this practice allows me to share from the heart. When I hear a service member tell me “I found my freedom,” or “Yoga saved my life,” I experience the power of this practice in its purest most beautiful form. It’s a journey of support, healing and love, and our veterans deserve it.”

– Yoga Across America founder Gina Garcia

Click here to read more of Gina’s thoughts on why yoga teachers need special training and support to work with wounded warriors, and how serving others changes your life and your yoga practice.

Image courtesy of Carmen Salazar Photography.

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Help Give Back Yoga Foundation to share the gift of yoga with 10,000 veterans in 2013.  Through December 31st, when you donate $10 or more to our crowd funding campaign to bring free yoga toolkits to veterans, you can receive a gift of thanks in return. Or support our work with veterans by purchasing a copy of the toolkit for yourself.

Eileen Lorraine: Serving Sin City’s Homeless Youth Through Yoga

Executive Director Rob Schware talks with Eileen Lorraine for The Huffington Post Blog to learn what the face of homelessness really looks like, and how she is sharing yoga with young adults at the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center in Las Vegas.

“It’s really just hanging out with them and then saying, “Oh, by the way, we’re going to do this thing called yoga and you know what? This meditation and breathing thing I’m going to show you, it actually helps us when we’re feeling angry or frustrated…when we feel like that, instead of reacting and hitting that person, or turning to alcohol, drugs, or sex, maybe we can just pause a moment, and maybe we can take long, slow breaths, and think about what can we do to feel better in this situation that won’t have bad consequences for us later.”

– yoga teacher Eileen Lorraine, on her work with homeless youth in Las Vegas

Click here to read how Eileen got started in yoga outreach, and her tips for teachers who are interested in working with at-risk teens.

Photo courtesy of Angelina Galindo Photography.

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Do you want to bring the transformational power of yoga and meditation to underserved populations? Check out Give Back Yoga’s new crowd funding campaign to learn how you can participate in a very special trauma-sensitive teacher training at the 2014 Sedona Yoga Festival, while helping to fund our work of sharing yoga toolkits with veterans.

Danielle Ancin: Peace and Justice for Urban Youth Through Yoga

Executive Director Rob Schware talks with Niroga Institute program manager Danielle Ancin for The Huffington Post Blog about why it’s critical to give students and families tools like yoga and mindfulness to manage stress and heal from trauma.

“For the past few years we’ve been conducting day-long yoga retreats with incarcerated youth within juvenile hall. A lot of the participants are young men who are waiting to be sent to an adult detention facility to finish their sentences, so they especially need tools to help them cope. My most memorable moments have taken place during these retreats, when emotional walls come down and the youth share their experiences and stories, comfort each other, and laugh so hard they can’t stand up.”

– Danielle Ancin, co-developer of Niroga Institute’s Transformative Life Skills Curriculum

Click here to read more of Danielle’s advice for teachers working with at-risk youth, and why the yoga service community should get involved in addressing social inequalities.

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Do you want to bring the transformational power of yoga and meditation to underserved populations? Join Give Back Yoga at the Sedona Yoga Festival in February for a two-day Mindful Therapeutic Yoga Practices for Veterans pre-conference training that provides yoga teachers with clinically-proven techniques to help students recover from trauma and emotional stress.