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 purchases are made through, 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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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.


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:

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
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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


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.


Join Us At The First Annual Seeds of Service Dinner

We cordially invite you to join the Give Back Yoga community on Wednesday, September 11th for our first annual Seeds of Service dinner, an evening of delicious farm-to-table cuisine that supports the distribution of our free Yoga For Veterans Toolkits.

These evidence-based, highly effective practice guides give returning soldiers a valuable resource to overcome post-traumatic stress, major depression and traumatic brain injuries, helping them to make a successful transition back to civilian life. So far, we’ve put free Toolkits in the hands of over 8,000 veterans – and by joining us at this community gathering, you can help us meet our goal of reaching 10,000 returning soldiers in 2013. Read what veterans have to say about the effectiveness of these Toolkits.

We’ll kick off the Seeds of Service event with cocktails and tapas at 6 pm at the lovely Lyons Farmette in Lyons, Colorado. At 7 pm, eat Private Chef & Catering Co. will serve up a mouth-watering artisan dinner, prepared with freshly harvested ingredients from the Farmette. We’ll also enjoy the musical stylings of Denver Chant Fest musician Chuck White, and hear a very special presentation by former Marine Corps Intelligence Officer and Military Olympic Athlete Sarah Plummer, the founder of the Just Roll With It! Bootcamp for Transitioning Warriors. A spiritual warrior after our own hearts, “Semper Sarah” is on a mission to empower all those who have experienced trauma or difficult life events.

Dinner tickets are available for just $108, with 85% of the proceeds going directly to support Yoga for Veterans. Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite through September 11th.

Can’t join us this time? Please consider supporting us from home with a donation that directly benefits this fundraising effort. Just visit our Eventbrite page and choose the amount that you would like to contribute.

And whether you can join us or not, don’t miss a chance to enjoy 30 free days of online yoga, meditation and wellness videos from event sponsor GaiamTV. When you subscribe through our affiliate link, GaiamTV will donate $20 to our Yoga For Veterans program. Begin your free trial with a special playlist selected by veterans for Give Back Yoga.

We thank you for being part of the Give Back Yoga family, and for making it possible for us to support programs around the country that bring yoga and mindfulness to those who need it the most. We look forward to sharing this inspiring evening with you!


Thanks to these Seeds of Service Sponsors:

Samadhi Center for Yoga :: Neurosculpting® Institute :: Yoga Pod :: Hanuman Presents ::eat :: Lyons Farmette :: Sarah Plummer :: Chuck White :: Organic India :: Outlaw Yoga :: 8 Days a Week :: MantraFest :: Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place :: Denver Chant Fest ::CorePower Yoga :: Boulder Body Wear :: White Wave Foods :: Yoga Download :: GaiamTV:: OmLight Photography :: Conscious Tribe :: BVSD CHOICE Program :: Ramblin Jackson ::CO Yoga Events :: Open Sky Event Marketing