Thank YOU. YGB’s 15th Anniversary Gala was a big success!

We came together for a day of inspiration, mindfulness, and yoga to raise funds to support more than 2400 women and children with Yoga Gives Back programs of empowerment in India.

We were honored to present our humanitarian Namaste Award to Christy Turlington Burns, Founder & President of Every Mother Counts, for her dedication as global maternal health advocate since the day she became a mother.

REPLAY is available until February 28, 2023. 


A tribute to visionaries who inspire the global yoga community and beyond with their vision. In addition, these individuals have committed themselves to humanitarian causes to make this world a better place.

Christy Turlington Burns

Founder & President, Every Mother Counts

We are truly proud to honor Christy Turlington Burns as the recipient of the 2022 Yoga Gives Back Namaste Award for her advocacy for human rights, especially for global maternal health.

Every Mother Counts (EMC) founder and President Christy Turlington Burns’ work in maternal health began after experiencing a childbirth related complication in 2003—an experience that would later inspire her to direct and produce the documentary feature film, No Woman, No Cry, about the challenges women face throughout pregnancy and childbirth around the world. Under Christy’s leadership, Every Mother Counts has invested more than $25 million in programs in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States focused on making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. As a long-time yoga practitioner, Christy continues to inspire us to make a difference in the world.

Tamara Jeffries

Senior Editor, Yoga Journal

Tamara became Senior Editor at Yoga Journal after a career as a writer, editor, researcher, and yoga instructor.

Tamara will introduce Christy at our Namaste Award presentation.

As a journalist, Tamara covered all aspects of health with a special interest the health issues of women and people of color, public health, and yoga’s impact on mental wellness. Prior to taking her role at Yoga Journal, she was a college journalism professor and taught the first for-credit yoga course at a historically Black college.

Ambassadors of the Year 2022

Los Angeles, CA

Richboro, PA

Topanga, CA

Calgary, Canada

A Snapshot of the Day

  • Namaste Award Presentation & Dialogue: Christy Turlington Burns
  • LIVE Global Relay “108 Sun Salutations”: YGB’s Global Ambassadors joining from Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Turkey, The Netherlands,  U.K., USA and more!
  • Chanting, Mediation, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra: Kino MacGregor, David Swenson, Dena Kingsberg, Mary Taylor and Birgitte Kristen 
  • Conversation with “Ambassadors of the Year”:Harmony Slater, Jeanne Heileman, Kia Miller & Michelle El Khoury
  • Panel “Beyond Prenatal Yoga: Yoga and the Real World of Childbirth and Parenting”: Britta Bushnell PhD, Deb Flashenberg, Michelle El Khouri, PhD, Pranidhi Varshney, Sarah Ezrin
  • Screening “No Woman No Cry”: Film by Christy Turlington
  • Live with YGB Scholarship Students and NGO Partners in India

David Swenson


Mary Taylor


Richard Freeman


Kino MacGregor

New Mexico

Elena Brower


Jeanne Heileman


Lauren Peterson


Dena Kingsberg


Birgitte Kristen


Harmony Slater


Dr. Britta Bushnell


Kia Miller


Jocelyn Solomon


Sarah Ezrin


Ashley Rideaux


Pranidhi Varshney


Maneesh Kalra


Maya Gross


Michelle El Khoury

Richboro, Pennsylvania

Michelle El Khoury, PhD was personally drawn to yoga whilst pregnant with her second child and noticed the positive mental and physical effects it had, not only on herself but later on with her children. Her journeys led her to become a certified yoga teacher and after a rewarding 20-year published career in the healthcare industry, she followed her dream and incorporated her background and learnings into the passion she had for yoga and founded Yogamazia.

“Yoga is a powerful vehicle for creating a fairer and more equal world and, women and children are vital ambassadors for this change. This is why I am grateful to support Yoga Gives Back and join in their mission to collectively demand positive social change to have a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world for everyone.”



Nihan Hantal


Tara Mitra

United Arab Emirates

Nea Ferrier

New York

Debra Flashenberg


Simona Schimanovich

Your Impact

Your donation supports more than 2,400 women and children in India with programs of empowerment.

Special Thanks:

Platinum: $15,000
Platinum In-kind: $10,000
Silver: $2,500
Bronze: $1,000
Steve & Veronica Nessim

Janice Hill
Auction Sponsors
YGB Ambassador Sponsors

Aparnka Khanolkar
Ana Forrest & Jose Calarco
Devorah Sacks
Elena Brower
Farzaneh Noori

Jeanne Heileman


Karena Virginia
Kathryn Budig
Kathleen Kastner
Kia Miller
Nikki Slade
Nina Hayes

Media Partners
Annual Partners
Adam Weissburg & Francie Jones
Hiroko & Tadashi Maruoka

Jocelyn Solomon
& Family

Michael Cypers & Family
Vladimir & Araxia Buckhantz Foundation
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