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Amy Devi: How One Yoga Teacher Gives Back From Mat

Yoga teacher Amy Devi leads regular donation classes at Yoga Pod LoDo, one of our founding 108 Partner Studios, to support our shared mission of bringing yoga to the underserved. She also inspires her students to explore the joy of service themselves by teaching our “How Can I Serve?” training module as part of Yoga Pod’s Seva Teacher Training. For Amy, giving back is part of her daily life. We asked her to tell us what inspires her service, and how it’s shaped her personal and professional life.


For a long time, the idea of giving back and serving made me feel guilty, and like I had to pay for the privileges I’ve had during my life. Magically, connecting to myself with a committed yoga practice, I realized service was not about ME and instead was about WE.

When it hit me that service is about connection and being with others, I realized how much I actually enjoy giving back. Whether I’m serving someone who had the courage to show up at the Yoga studio for the first time, or I’m serving my neighbors by bringing in their trash can, service has become a way of being for me. My mantra when I’m working with my coaching and consulting clients is “Who/how can I serve?” AND sometimes service means letting someone do something nice for you.

The more I get to know Give Back Yoga and their team, the more inspired and connected I feel. I have had the honor of teaching two public donation classes for Give Back Yoga, and am always awed by the community who shows up at these events. I make sure all of my amazon.com purchases are made through smile.amazon.com, and that a percentage goes to the Give Back Yoga Foundation.

I get to teach the How Can I Serve? module at Yoga Pod Yoga Teacher Trainings. My favorite part about it is watching the eyes of the new teachers light up when they too realize service isn’t about fixing things or guilt…it’s incredible how many ideas we come up with for how to serve. Actually most of us, in our dharma, in our natural most aligned state, are here to serve one another in one capacity or another. Whether it’s teaching free classes at a women’s safe house, or making delicious lattes, we all thrive when we serve one another.

— Amy Devi Harris, ERYT, MSS

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Adam Dudley: Being Inspired to Make The World A Better Place

Making a difference in the world is two parts inspiration…and ninety-eight parts implementation. In our latest yoga service interview for The Huffington Post Blog, entrepreneur and business coach Adam Dudley talks about what inspired him to donate his time and talent to help Give Back Yoga “deliver our vision” with clarity.

“Give Back Yoga Foundation has given me an outlet for my innate desire to help, and to contribute in a way that’s aligned with my yoga practice, which has had a deep impact on the overall quality of my life.”

– Adam Dudley, founder of Adam C. Dudley Associates

Learn how Adam supports the mission of Give Back Yoga, and his words of encouragement for other professionals who want to give back in a similar way, in his full interview for the Huffington Post.

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Anyone and everyone can play a role in giving back through yoga. Learn about the many ways you can give back by subscribing to the Give Back Yoga newsletter (and check your welcome email for a 50% discount on a MP3 download of Deep Relaxation: Yoga Nidra).

GIVE BACK WITH BHAKTI FEST MIDWEST: SAVE $50 ON PASSES

“One of the main pillars in which Bhakti Fest was build is seva. Seva, meaning selfless service, is incorporated in every part of Bhakti Fest — from the non-profits we support, to the service work we do while on our India pilgrimages, to our Work Exchange program at each of our festivals.” 

– Vanessa Harris, Associate Producer of Bhakti Fest

IF YOU LOVE SOMETHING, TAKE CARE OF IT: BHAKTI FEST MIDWEST

Give Back Yoga Foundation is honored to be a seva partner of Bhakti Fest 2014, with a portion of all proceeds from this year’s three Bhakti Fest events supportingd our work of bringing yoga to underserved populations like veterans, those struggling with food and body image issues, prisoners and at-risk youth. Because we know that organizing a major yoga and music festival – let alone three !- can be an all-consuming task, we asked Bhakti Fest’s organizers to tell us why the festival is committed to sharing its time and resources.

“Bhakti Fest encourages the spirit of service because it is eye-opening, humbling, sometimes grueling – but at the end of the day, always rewarding,” says festival Associate Producer Vanessa Harris. “It’s been said if you love something you must take care of it, which is why it is so important for Bhakti Fest to give back to the people, places, and causes we love.”

To honor our community’s support of yoga service, Bhakti Fest is generously offering Give Back Yoga community members $50 off three-day festival passes for any of their three sister events. The next event is coming up soon:  Bhakti Fest Midwest, a heart-opening solstice celebration of yoga and music hosted in Madison, WI on June 20-22. We hope you’ll join us to chant along with award-winning kirtan artist Krishna Das, practice with world-renowned yoga teachers like Saul David Raye, and dance, sing, camp and play with fellow yogis and yoginis! Enter code GBY14 at checkout to save $50 off three-day festival passes.

Are you a veteran? Bhakti Fest shares our commitment to making yoga freely accessible to those who have served our country. Vets and active duty service members can get free admission to any Bhakti Fest event by visiting the festival website, printing out a free ticket, and showing proof of military ID at the gate. Looking forward to seeing you there!