For the cost of one yoga class, you can change a life.
Asana by asana you build your practice. Your outlook changes, you make connections. You begin to take your practice beyond the mat, into your life. Simple moves lead to monumental changes.
Yoga is a gift from ancient India, embraced by the West. Today, however 76% of India's population—800 million people—live below the poverty line of $2.50 a day.
Our mission is to mobilize the global yoga community to empower women in India to build sustainable livelihoods.
Our mission is two-fold: Funding and Awareness
First, we send funds to support women in India. Inspired by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Muhammad Yunus' revolutionary micro financing breakthrough, Yoga Gives Back supports micro credit programs in India which lend small loans to women in particular, who have no access to capital. Additionally, we developed "Sister Aid" programs where YGB directly funds education, vocational training and micro credit programs for struggling mothers, girls and orphans. Women are the best poverty fighters—the most effective return on investment for development dollars is an investment in women. With $25 a month, mothers can start their own businesses; girls and orphans can go to school.
Second, by reaching out to yoga studios, we build awareness through our fundraising classes and events. Studio by studio, we share the reality of these women's lives and invite the global yoga community to join in our campaign to help alleviate poverty in India.
Six billion dollars is spent on yoga in the U.S. alone each year. If a fraction of this can be redirected to help the poor in India, we can make a difference. We can effect change.