Practice with two world-renowned yoga teachers.

On January 23rd we hosted a special donation-based class with David Swenson and Beryl Bender Birch. This 90-minute virtual yoga class will integrate asana, meditation, and storytelling, as we celebrate the success of our Mat Grants Program and the delivery of over 25,000 free yoga mats to support outreach projects in prisons, hospitals, schools, and community centers to-date.


All funds raised will help provide free yoga mats for classes in schools, prisons, hospitals, and communities in need. Whether you’re new to the practice, or a dedicated yoga practitioner or teacher, this class is designed to inspire, uplift, and refresh your body, mind, and spirit!

Already made a donation? Don’t worry, you will receive the replay shortly!

Meet your teachers: Beryl Bender Birch and David Swenson

Beryl Bender-Birch

Beryl Bender Birch

Beryl Bender Birch, author and activist, graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in English and Philosophy and has been an avid student of classical yoga since l971. She traveled to India in l974, with her Jain teacher, Munishree Chitrabhanu, to further her studies of the Eastern Wisdom traditions. She is the founder/director of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, a prestigious and Yoga Alliance nationally recognized school that has been training yoga and meditation teachers since l980 and is now a “virtual” school, with ongoing trainings and global participation. Beryl is also the co-founder and board chair of the Give Back Yoga Foundation and the best selling author of many books on yoga, including Beyond Power Yoga and Yoga for Warriors. Her current online yoga studio, Just This, is a refuge for yogis seeking community, and connection.

David Swenson

David Swenson began practicing yoga in 1969 at the age of thirteen. His older brother Doug was his first teacher. They practiced hatha yoga from whatever books they could find. David’s introduction to Ashtanga came in 1973 when he met David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff in Encinitas, California. In 1975 David and Nancy brought K. Pattabhi Jois to the U.S. for the first time and Swenson was fortunate enough to be there. Swenson made his first trip to Mysore in 1977. He is one of a very small number of people that have learned the full Ashtanga system as it was originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois. David Swenson is recognized today as one of the world’s foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga Yoga. David has produced 5 DVD’s and is the author of the highly popular and best selling yoga book, Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual, which has been printed in 10 different languages and sold internationally.

David Swenson