E Newsletter- April 2012
Yoga Gives Back
For the cost of one yoga class, you can change a life.


We are thrilled to share the great outcome of YGB's direct funding program "Sister Aid" from its first year:

  • Out of 22 women who received micro loans, 20 are successfully running their business today
  • Most women repay fully by May 2012, and will get the 2nd loans
  • Total income increased 400% among these women
  • 22 daughters all remain in school, with 12 of them A grade
  • One son advanced into the 2nd year at Dental Medical College, one girl advances to 2nd year in college and plans to major in fashion design technology
  • Six children at orphanage remain fully educated and boarded

Based on this success and the growth in our revenue, YGB added 22 more mothers for micro loans and 22 daughters for education funding at NISHTHA, West Bengal. At D Trust Home in Karnataka, we added four more girls for their education and one mother for her business loan. With your continued support, we are committed to fund these 103 direct fund recipients for five years.

Report from India
D Trust Home, Karnataka, South India

Yoga Flex FlyerThese sisters never saw their father and their mother died four years ago. Their grandmother and uncle fed them, but were no longer able to support these orphaned girls. They are now in 5th and 6th grades and showing amazing skills in dance. Their studies are going well.

NISHTHA: Tripuranagar Village, West Bengal

In addition to administering micro loans, NISHTHA assembles women once a month in their village to discuss topics such as "Children's Rights" and "Reproductive Health" so they can make informed decisions and better protect their children. In these rural villages, girls are most neglected, and often become victims of discrimination and abuse. These sessions are extremely successful in enabling the women to share openly, their daily concerns.

NISHTHA's director Mina Das says in their most recent report---"These women could never imagine that one day they would have the opportunity to earn money. After one year, with the support of Yoga Gives Back, 20 out of 22 women are running successful businesses. Pratima Sardar is noteworthy. She started the business of selling ready-made Sarees with a loan of 5000 Rupees ($95 U.S.). She now carries goods to the streets but will soon have a shop in the market. We are trying to extend all possible support for her to become a role model in the area."

Yoga Flex FlyerYoga Flex FlyerYGB is delighted to work with these two NGOs in India that send us updates and photos of our fund recipients to share with our supporters like you.

Exciting News

Thank You Mother India Update!!

Yoga Flex FlyerLet's unite on Saturday, September 29th, for our 2nd annual global day of support. On this special day, we call upon your Karma Yoga. Host an event, donate or become a sponsor. This year's goal is $50,000! Registration will start soon and you will receive an invitation E-mail.

YGB Ambassador Kino McGregor announces her commitment

Yoga Flex FlyerKino is generously offering proceeds from the sales of her popular "New Kino Pro Yoga Mat" to YGB this year!! Thank you Kino.

YGB London Team gains two new members!!

Yoga Flex FlyerYoga Flex FlyerWelcome Heather Bonnie Lee and Rachel Goodman to make a great team with Emily Gopaul in London.

Upcoming Events

Yoga Flex Flyer Monday 2nd, 16th and 23rd April 2012, 6:30-8pm,@
Whole Foods Market, 63-97 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SE
"Yoga Magazine's Charity Yoga Class Series "Give Back!"

Sally Parkes is this month's teacher. Thank you Yoga Magazine UK, Sally and Wholefoods for your continued and generous support!!

Just £8 per class or £25 for 4 classes

All money raised is donated to Yoga Gives Back!

Yoga Flex Flyer Saturday May 19th, 12-2:30pm,@
Omkar108, Los Angeles, CA
"Music, Munchies and Facts about American Veda"

Philip Goldberg, author of "American Veda" will give a talk with his entertaining multimedia presentation, "THE GREAT YOGIC TRANSMISSION: HOW INDIA CHANGED OUR WORLD". Enjoy a healthy lunch, and melodic Kirtan concert by Guru Prem Singh and Simran. Thank you Omkar 108 of YGB Ambassador Jorgen Christiansson for hosting this special event!!

Buy tickets or donate @ First Giving

Water Brazillian Yoga and Pilates Tuesday June, 5th, 10-12pm,@
Stella McCartney's boutique in Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA

A very special yoga class with Kathryn Budig. More details soon.

Thank you for these past events

Ashtanga Yoga Confluence , San Diego, California

March 2-4th; AYC organizers, Jenny Barrett-Bouwer, Deborah Ifill and Carol Miller, generously invited YGB to participate in this amazing weekend! We met so many passionate supporters from all over the U.S., and the world. Thanks also for Zico for generous donation.

Yoga Flex Flyer Thanks again YGB Ambassador Chaz Russ, who generously donated proceeds from her annual retreat in Ojai in March.

Water Brazillian Yoga and Pilates High school student, Avanti Prasanna, promotes YGB in India!! 18th International Conference on High Performance Computing , Bangalore, India

December 20, 2011; A brave high school student from Palisades Charter High School, California, single-handedly set up a booth to promote YGB in Bangalore!!

From Avanti, "As part of my Community Service, I have decided to support Yoga Gives Back. I chose YGB because it is based in Los Angeles where I live and they provide help to women and children in India…the country of my birth. The purpose of my project is to raise awareness of YGB, which is a great example of people doing their Karma Yoga."

Thank you Avanti. We are so touched by your action and such understanding support. You are making history for us!!

Your support is making a difference one event at a time. Thank you!!







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