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Sylvia Jabaley & Kristin Cooper: How We Serve Girls in India

In the latest interview for our yoga service series on The Huffington Post, Executive Director Rob Schware talks with Sylvia Jabaley and Kristin Cooper about their work with Homes of Hope India. By bringing yoga to communities in India, the two women help to cultivate and maintain a “resilient spirit” among orphaned and abandoned girls.

“My assumptions about our goals were transformed by realization that when the girls become women, they will still encounter illness, poverty, and misogyny… Today, we are realizing the value of our work as the little girls we’ve known for years turn the corner to become empowered women in their own communities.” – Sylvia Jabaley, Program Coordinator for Homes of Hope India-US

To learn more about what continues to motivate Sylvia and Kristin’s work and their thoughts on the future of yoga service, read the full interview on The Huffington Post.

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Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of orphaned and abandoned girls? By donating to the LetsBuildanOrphanage.com campaign you can help to build an orphanage in Kokrajhar, India, providing girls with a safe home and a chance to better their futures.

Philipa von Kerckerinck: Yoga as a Tool for Development

Through the integration of her interests, Philipa von Kerckerinck founded Roots Tribe Yoga, a non-profit organization that brings yoga to children and young adults within Sub Saharan Africa. In the latest interview for our yoga service series on The Huffington Post, Executive Director Rob Schware talks with Philipa about her work with this organization and the power of yoga as a tool for international development…as well as individual development.

“People often define yoga as asanas or physical exercise, but there are many forms of yoga that can be practiced both on and off the mat. My definitions have changed in that I no longer see them as separate notions: the work is my yoga, the yoga is my work, and all of it is done in service to others, including myself, and, ideally, everyone I come into contact with.” – Philipa von Kerckerinck, founder of Roots Tribe Yoga

To learn more about Philipa’s work with populations in Sub Saharan Africa and her thoughts on the future of yoga service, read her full interview on The Huffington Post Blog and watch her YouTube video below:

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If you believe in what we’re doing, here’s one very powerful way to share yoga and mindfulness with those in need of healing: become a Sustaining Member of Give Back Yoga Foundation. Learn more.