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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.

Discover Yoga For Eating Disorders With Chelsea Roff & Off The Mat Colorado

At age 15, Chelsea Roff nearly lost her life to anorexia. Medical and mental health interventions saved her life, but it was discovering a yoga practice that helped Chelsea to make a full recovery and progress from “surviving” to “thriving.” Today, Chelsea is a nationally-recognized author, speaker and the founder of Yoga for Eating Disorders®, a program that’s being introduced to treatment clinics and yoga studios nationwide. Learn more about Chelsea’s story in the campaign video that launched Yoga for Eating Disorders®.

This February, Give Back Yoga Foundation and Off The Mat Colorado invite you to discover Yoga for Eating Disorders® through two weekend trainings in Denver and Boulder. These 15-hour trainings offer individuals practical, yoga-inspired tools to overcome eating disorders or body image issues at all ends of the spectrum. They also give yoga teachers and mental health practitioners the knowledge and skills they need to support students and clients in recovery. Graduates will be eligible to receive Continuing Education Credits through Yoga Alliance, and to become facilitators for Yoga for Eating Disorder® programs.

Training Schedule

Yoga, A Game-Changer in Eating Disorders – Friday, 6pm-8pm: 
Opening circle and group discussion about the role yoga can play in healing food and body image issues at all ends of the spectrum.

Coming Home to the Body – Saturday, 12pm-1:30pm, 2:30pm-6pm
Learn how to use yoga to develop a healthier relationship with your body through yogic techniques for tracking hunger and fullness signals, coping with emotions, and cultivating a sense of “home” in your own skin. Includes asana session, group discussion, interactive exercises, and meditation.

The Double Edged Sword – Sunday, 12pm-1:30pm, 2:30pm-6pm: 
Despite the tremendous value yoga can offer in the recovery process, yoga can be a double-edged sword for people with eating disorders. On one hand, the practice can teach essential skills for long-term recovery, but the wrong approach to yoga can actually exacerbate food and body image issues. Learn how to use the practice of yoga for health and wellbeing, rather than as a crutch for acting out in their eating disorder. Includes asana session, group discussion, interactive exercises, and meditation.

Register

Trainings are capped to maintain the personal and intimate setting required for this deep work. Both trainings are expected to sell out, so please register as soon as possible. Several scholarships are available – for more details, please contact Chelsea Roff.

Yoga for Eating Disorders: Boulder

Friday, February 21st – Sunday, February 23rd
Neurosculpting Institute
3055 47th Street
Boulder, CO 80301
Cost: $199
Register through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yoga-for-eating-disorders-boulder-tickets-9289688709

Yoga for Eating Disorders: Denver

Friday, February 28th – Sunday, March 2nd
Samadhi Center for Yoga & Meditation
639 East 19th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
Cost: $199
Register through Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/yoga-for-eating-disorders-denver-tickets-9289853201

Sponsors

Thanks to these sponsors for supporting Give Back Yoga Foundation and Off the Mat Colorado in bringing Yoga for Eating Disorders® to the Front Range:

Off the Mat, Into the Worldpart of the Engage Network | The Neurosculpting Institute | Samadhi Center for Yoga & Meditation | Yoga Pod | Yoga Loft Boulder| Colorado Athletic Club, Boulder | Radiance Power Yoga | Kira Grace | Outlaw Yoga | Breathe Studio | Kindness Yoga | Yama Yoga Village | Hanuman Festival | Mudra Yoga Studio | Karma Yoga Center

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Can’t make it to the training, but want to support Yoga for Eating Disorders®? Make a life-saving donation to this project through our Donate Today page. For every $5,000 raised, we can bring Yoga for Eating Disorders® to one more treatment center and help individuals with eating disorders to discover their own true beauty.

 

Yoga For Eating Disorders Coming To Treatment Centers Nationwide

After sponsoring inspirational yoga teacher Chelsea Roff in a successful Indiegogo campaign that raised $46,000 for her work, we’re happy to report that Chelsea’s Yoga For Eating Disorders program will soon be offered free of charge to patients at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Treatment Center in Malibu, CA. Over the next twelve months, the Yoga For Eating Disorders program will be offered at nine additional treatment centers nationwide, from Los Angeles to Denver to New York City.

Click here to read what teachers and health professionals are saying about Chelsea’s Yoga, Food & Body Image Intensive program, now being offered to general populations.

Over the next year, Chelsea will also be working in partnership with Dr. Jamie Feusner and The UCLA Eating Disorder and Body Dysmorphia Laboratory to collect data for an evidence-based study on the effectiveness of yoga as a complementary treatment for eating disorders. The study will examine whether the Yoga for Eating Disorders program is an effective intervention to prevent relapse, reduce eating disorder behaviors, improve body image, and cultivate self-awareness.

While Chelsea’s Indiegogo campaign has ended, you can still make a donation to help bring free Yoga for Eating Disorders programming to treatment centers across the country. Just click here to make a donation, and be sure to put FOR YOGA FOR EATING DISORDERS in the “Last Name” box. For every $5,000 raised, we can offer the program at one additional treatment center.

Check out her campaign video to learn how Chelsea’s own recovery journey inspired her to develop a program that will help students develop a healthier relationship with their bodies:

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About Chelsea Roff: A nationally-recognized author, speaker and yoga instructor with a background in neuroscience research, Chelsea has brought the Yoga, Food & Body Image Intensive program to over a dozen yoga studios nationwide, including The Omega Institute. She also offers pro bono talks at least twice a month at eating disorder treatment centers across the country, and has spoken at The Renfrew Center, Oliver-Pyatt Center, LaVie Counseling Center, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, and A New Journey Eating Disorder Center. Chelsea is now developing a seminar that teaches professionals how to integrate the practice of yoga into traditional treatment, and has taught workshops for professionals at counseling centers in CA, TX and NY.

Chelsea Roff: How Yoga Can Be A Gamechanger In Combatting Eating Disorders

An estimated 24 million Americans suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating. Only one in 10 receive any treatment for these disorders, which have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. In this interview for The Huffington Post Blog, Executive Director Rob Schware talks to writer, author and yoga teacher Chelsea Roff to learn how targeted yoga programs can help students with eating disorders to cultivate a healthier relationship with their body.

“Yoga brought me to a place in my recovery that no form of talk therapy or medical treatment ever had before. Downward dog certainly didn’t cure my eating disorder, but the practice did teach me how to relate to my body in a more compassionate way. And more importantly, perhaps, going to yoga introduced me to community — to the people I soon came to consider family — and I suppose that’s exactly what I needed to fully step into recovery.”

– Author, speaker and yoga instructor Chelsea Roff 

Click here to read more about Chelsea’s journey, and how yoga is helping students with eating disorders to rebuild a conscious connection between body and mind.

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Through September 18th, 2013, you can make a donation to Chelsea Roff’s Indiegogo campaign to raise $50,000 to launch an evidence-based Yoga For Eating Disorders™ program that will be offered at no charge at treatment centers across the country. You can also help to kickstart this important work by sharing her campaign on social media.