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Yoga Magazine USA September 2011

Yoga Magazine USA September 2011

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YOGA GIVES BACK THANK YOU MOTHER INDIA
Global Grass-roots Campaigners, Yoga Gives Back, Offers Yogis Karma Yoga from the Comfort of the Local Studio

Photographed by Jason Chang

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For many in the west, the path into yoga practice starts with a desire to try a new fitness routine, then as the practice goes deeper, often a spiritual awakening is triggered bringing an emotional balance and reflection which is new and never experienced before. For some the path goes further, as they strive for
YOGA GIVES BACK THANK YOU MOTHER INDIA
Global Grass-roots Campaigners, Yoga Gives Back, Offers Yogis Karma Yoga from the Comfort of the Local Studio

Photographed by Jason Chang

102

For many in the west, the path into yoga practice starts with a desire to try a new fitness routine, then as the practice goes deeper, often a spiritual awakening is triggered bringing an emotional balance and reflection which is new and never experienced before. For some the path goes further, as they strive for

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 YOGA GIVES BACK
THANK YOU MOTHER INDIA
Global Grass-roots Campaigners,Yoga Gives Back, Offers Yogis Karma Yogafrom the Comfort of the Local Studio
Photographed by Jason Chang
 
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For many in the west, the path into yoga practice starts with a desire to try a newtness routine, then as the practice goes deeper, oten a spiritual awakening is triggeredbringing an emotional balance and refection which is new and never experienced be-ore. For some the path goes urther, as they strive or a greater depth and meaningto their practice, a way to express gratitude, the ultimate practice o Karma yoga. LosAngeles-based documentary lmmaker Kayoko Mitsumatsu recalls a similar personalexperience with her yoga practice; Mitsumatsu said her own yoga journey began as amission to become healthy, which then took her to learn more about Indian philosophy.“Asana gives you that refection… and Indian philosophy taught me that the second halo your lie is about helping others, giving back.” She adds: “What can we do with ourhealthy selves?”From that point, she was able to realize her dream when in 2007, she co-oundedYoga Gives Back, a non-prot organization with a mission to give back to the oundingcountry and culture o yoga itsel, India, with an intention to help alleviate poverty andraise awareness. Mitsumatsu reiterates the mantra o Yoga Gives Back, the simple mis-sion statement: “or the cost o one yoga class, you can change a lie.”Over the last our years, Yoga Gives Back has grown into a global team o grass-rootsupporters, with many ambassadors who are teachers giving their studio time to coordi-nate undraising classes. Donations collected are then channeled by Yoga Gives Back intomicrocredit and direct unding programs across India, targeting communities in areas includingWest Bengal and Karnataka.Embraced by the west, yoga is a git rom ancient India, where 76% o India’s population livesbelow the poverty line, while six billion USD is spent on yoga in the U.S. alone each year.Mitsumatsu regularly practices at Omkar108 yoga studio in Los Angeles, under oneo the country’s ew certied Ashtanga teachers, Jorgen Christiansson, a long-timestudent o Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, India’s leading practitioner credited with introducingAshtanga to the west, who has or many years taught a number o high prole studentsincluding Sting, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Toby Maguire, and RobertDowney Jr. Christiansson says that his guru Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois gave him a git o lie-long practice and patience, aith, and respect. Along with MahaMondo.com, Christians-son spearheaded the rst ever Thank You Mother India undraising day in 2010, withan event in Los Angeles. Yoga Gives Back was encouraged by the success o this event,raising over $2000 USD. This year, Mitsumatsu has seen the yoga community across theglobe ocus on making the second Thank You Mother India day even bigger and more joyous.Christiansson strongly believes in the words o Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois: “Practice and allis coming,” and he has successully applied this principle to his own lie and has strivedto encourage and instill the same within his students and community. For Christians-son, the notion o uniting the global yoga community or Thank You Mother India is trulyinspiring, uniting all styles supporting in true yoga spirit. Donating time and uniting the yogacommunity oers Christiansson personal gratication and a way to express gratitude toIndia or everything it has given him. “I got so much rom India, my support to this cause isa way to give back. I’m very grateul or this opportunity,” said Christiansson.On September 17, 2011, Yoga Gives Back has energized the global yoga community or aone-o day o donation classes and events, ocusing on raising global awareness on the cam-paign. Already there are more than 30 studios signed on, with more joining on a weekly basis.Studios rom Brazil, the UK, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, and Tokyo will be holding handswith partners across the U.S. “This is unprecedented. This campaign has become glob-al, and Yoga Gives Back is very excited about the power o the message, it’s become likea chain reaction as more and more people have joined to take action,” says Mitsumatsu.
Over the last four years,Yoga Gives Backhas grown intoa global teamof grass-root supporters,with many ambassadorswho areteachersgiving theirstudio time tocoordinatefundraisingclasses.
Jorgen Christianssono Omkar108 studio, Los Angeles
Photographed by Hale Davis
 
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Yoga Gives Back in Action: Jayashree
s Story 
Following Thank You Mother India in 2010, the YGB team visited one of its ongoing beneciaries Jayashree,who lives in Bangalore, Karnataka. As always, Jayashree and her husband Ramo welcomed the group with bigsmiles. Their four-year-old son, Hoysin, who is now speaking and spelling in English, was there as well.At this time, Jayashree had qualied for her fourth microloan from Grameen Koota. She received 30,000 Rs.(about $700), which is quadruple the amount of her rst loan in 2007. Jayashree and Ramo decided to put theentire loan amount toward their eldest son, Gopovsad’s, medical college education. Fullling the family dreamand top priority, Gopovsad is now enrolled in college and is studying to be a dentist/surgeon, away from home.In order to pay o the loan, Jayashree runs two businesses - a tailoring shop and a snack shop. Jayashree set upher sewing machine in front of her snack shop to attract more customers and help maximize prot. WitnessingJayashree’s hard work to make her dream come true, YGB decided to provide Jayashree with the funds to payo her loan which provided for Gopovsad’s annual tuition. She will now be able to pay this back, and retain theprots from her hard work.
STUDIO PHONE WEB ADDRESS CITYCALIFORNIA
 Yoga Viva (760) 525-0883 yogaviva.us EncinitasOmkar 108 Yoga (310) 991-9642 omkar108.com Los AngelesYoga Works Westwood (310) 234-1200 yogaworks.com Los AngelesLiberation Yoga (310) 964-5222 liberationyoga.com Los AngelesThe Yoga Place (213) 290-1897 theyogaplace.com Los AngelesBlack Dog Yoga (818) 380-0331 blackdogyoga.net Los AngelesYoga World Studio (562) 804-5525 yogaworldstudio.com Long BeachMission Street Yoga (626) 441-1144 missionyogastreet.com PasadenaYoga Soup (805) 965-8811 yogasoup.com Santa BarbaraYogis Anonymous (805) 965-8811 yogisanonymous.com Santa MonicaSanta Monica Yoga (310) 396-4040 santamonicayoga.com Santa Monica
COLORADO
 Om Time (7200 565-6115 omtime.com BoulderSynergy (970)748-1911 synergyvail.com Vail
FLORIDA
 Miami Life Centre (305) 534-8988 miamilifecenter.com Miami
ILLINOIS
 Yoga 360 Studio and Spa (815) 806-0360 yoga-360.com Chicago
NEW YORK
 Yoga Sutra NYC (212) 490-1443 yogasutra.com New YorkNew York Yoga (212) 717-9642 newyorkyoga.com New York
NORTH CAROLINA
 Y2 Yoga (704) 456-9642 y2yoga.com CharlotteYoga Flex (704) 543-8000 yogaexnc.comAsheville Yoga Centre (828) 254-0380 youryoga.com
PENNSYLVANIA
 Yoga Flow (724) 733-5038 yogaowpittsburgh.com Pittsburgh
TEXAS
 Yoga One Houston (713) 522-0876 yogaonehouston.com Houston
Jayashree, Ramo and Hoysinof Bangalore, Karnataka
Photographed by Sophie Herbert

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