For the cost of one yoga class, you can change a life.
Our mission is to mobilize the global yoga community to empower women and children in India to build sustainable livelihoods.
Yoga Gives Back is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds in order to alleviate poverty in India. We started in Los Angeles in 2007, determined to find a way for the US yoga community, which generates over six billion dollars per year, to help the poorest people in country that gave birth to yoga. Many charitable organizations have emerged from within the yoga community, but Yoga Gives Back specifically targets and supports our struggling sisters in India.
In 2007, inspired by Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Dr. Muhammad Yunus' revolutionary micro financing breakthrough, Yoga Gives Back began supporting micro credit programs. Through the Grameen Foundation, we funded programs who lend small loans to women who are otherwise excluded from the conventional banking and financial systems.
In 2010, exploring a way to get direct help to the poorest, YGB developed "Sister Aid" programs to fund education, vocational training on a personal basis, and micro credit programs. YGB has selected and partnered thus far with successful Non Governmental Organizations, NISHTHA in West Bengal and Deenabandhu in Karnataka.
In 2013, YGB created "SHE" (Scholarship for Higher Education) to support poor high school students to graduate and achieve higher education. These students, despite of their financial background, have a huge potential to become future change makers in their own communities, their country and the world.
Over the last five years, YGB has been growing 35% every year, which has enabled us to fund more than 500 mothers and children in India in 2014.
Yoga Gives Back is now a rapidly growing global community of volunteers, students, teachers, and advisors who work tirelessly by holding event classes, distributing information, and working hard to help change lives.