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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.

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.

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.

BK Bose on How Yoga Can Stop The School-To-Prison Pipeline

Executive Director Rob Schware talks with Niroga Institute founder BK Bose for The Huffington Post on how teaching inner city students Transformative Life Skills – mindful yoga, breathing techniques and meditation – can help them to break the cycle of stress, lack of self-control and academic failure.

“We see instances of transformation every day in our direct service programs in the community. When a young man is able to let down his armor of hyper-vigilance, when a young woman in a homeless shelter says that her constant emotional pain is eased through the practice, when opposing gang members are able to close their eyes and relax beside each other at the end of a practice session, when a high-risk teen graduates from an alternative high school and joins our teacher training program so that she can help pull her friends out of the quicksand of hopelessness, we consider these victories bread for our journey.”

– BK Bose, Niroga Institute founder

Read BK’s full interview here.