Make a Difference Mondays: Give Back Yoga

Make a Difference Mondays is a new series here at IntentBlog to spotlight individuals, organizations, and causes making a positive difference in our global community. We’ll also be sharing opportunities for engagement and suggesting tangible actions you can take to make the world a better place. 

: Give Back Yoga Foundation


Who They’re Serving: Veterans, incarcerated adults, at-risk youth, and many other under-resourced and under-served groups

Mission: The Give Back Yoga supports and funds certified yoga teachers to offer the teachings of yoga to under-served and under-resourced socio-economic segments of the community.

Why We Chose Them: Give Back Yoga is one of the few yoga service organizations dedicated to helping support existing or up-and-coming projects. By supporting projects in many different communities, their impact is multiplied manifold. We also appreciate the organization’s broad vision: “Yoga has the potential to inspire and motivate the entire community towards greater awareness and compassion, not just for individuals but for the planet as a whole.” (GBY website)

How You Can Make a Difference:

  • Interested in starting a project to teach yoga in a prison, shelter, or community center in your community? Apply for a Give Back Yoga Foundation grant here.
  • Volunteer your time to support one of the ongoing projects GBY has funded. Check out the list here.
  • Purchase an item from the GBY store. 50% of proceeds from most items go to support the work of the foundation.
  • Donate.

The experience of yoga takes us from “self-centered” to ”community-centered” and beyond. We believe we can pass the gift of yoga, one person at a time, thus empowering individuals and building communities, and helping to reduce suffering in this world.”