E-Newsletter - December 2013
Yoga Gives Back
For the cost of one yoga class, you can change a life.

Happy Holidays!!


The Impact of your Donation!!

Highlights of 2013

  • "Sister Aid" direct funding program more than doubled its recipients to 240 people, including 109 mothers, 110 daughters, 20 orphaned children, and 1 college student.
  • A new initiative "SHE"(Scholarship for Higher Education) was created. Pure International has become YGB's first corporate sponsor to fund 10 teen girls in West Bengal for high school and higher education with 5-year commitment.

Our first "SHE" (Scholarship for Higher Education) recipient Guruprasad sent us this photo, as he studies to become a dentist in Bellary, Karnataka, South India. We first met him in 2007. Read more here.


NishthaRead the latest report about Mahashakti Group, one of the nine "Sister Aid" funded groups in West Bengal. YGB partner NISHTHA reports us regularly how 110 mothers and 109 daughters are doing so that we can share with YGB global family. Read more here.
CardsDeenabandu Trust Home sent us 20 Thank You cards with wonderful colorful designs drawn by each child and a message, "I am grateful for your support. Thank you for being there for me. Yours with Love." Read more here and here.

We need more corporate sponsors for "SHE" (Scholarship for Higher Education), which will dramatically impact individual lives, families and society!! Write to us: info@yogagivesback.org


Exciting News:

TYMI Runner

3rd Annual Global "Thank You Mother India" Global Campaign continues to happen worldwide till January 31st, 2014!!

TYMI Events

Due to popular requests to host events in the New Year, the TYMI campaign will continue until January 31st, 2014!! Pick one day, donate or become a sponsor today. Your event will be promoted in YGB's social media, blog and Home Page feature! Send your event photos to be included in the PR video.

Thank you to these level sponsors!

Platinum ($2500+)
Abacus Partners (Los Angeles), Omkar108 (LA), YogaFit (LA)

Gold ($1000+)
Enlighten Yoga (North Carolina), Mysore San Francisco, The Yoga Place LA, The YogaView (Chicago), Inner Beauty Yoga (Texas), Om Padma (UK), New Hippie (LA)

Silver ($500+)
Maya Yoga (Kansas City), The Yoga Room (New Orleans), Kino MacGregor Workshop at Delight Yoga(Netherlands), Zac&Zoli in Memory of Joseph Dunham (Australia), Julee Yew-Crijns (UK), Ahnu (USA)

We would also like to thank all who have registered events in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, India,Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Turkey, UK, and many cities in the USA. Check an amazing list of global participants here!!

Check out these amazing upcoming TYMI Events in December!!

Thursday Dec 12: Erin Mack (Florida)
Friday Dec 13: Central Coast School of Yoga (Australia), Lorraine Lau (Hong Kong)
Saturday Dec 14: Eddie Teboul & Mariko Hirakawa (NY), Disco Charity Party (Tokyo)
Sunday Dec 15: Joy of Yoga (Netherlands), YogaOm (Australia)
Monday Dec 16: Alexa Nether (Australia)
Friday Dec 20: Body-Motion (Netherlands)
Saturday Dec 21: Yoga One(North Carolina), The Harmony Yoga (Texas)
Dec 28: Chakra with Chama (Tokyo)

Check details here.

This global campaign generates the majority of YGB's annual funding in India. Your participation enables YGB to support more mothers and children in India in 2014. Thank you!!

New Ambassadors & Representatives

YGB is thrilled to introduce our newest Ambassadors and Representatives to our growing global family!!


AlexaAlexa Nehter,
Forster, Australia
Alexa Nehter
NikolaNikola Ellis,
Mosman, Australia
Adore Yoga
EdnaEdna Dalton De Jager,
Saudi Arabia
Anahatanada Journey
NihanNihan Hantal,
Istanbul, Turkey
AlieAlie McManus,
Chicago, US
Alie McManus


DonatellaDonatella Banks,
Los Angeles, CA
LeahLeah Coakley,
New York, NY

Holiday Gift Ideas

Imagine Project"IMAGINE…being homeless and still graduating top 10 in your class". "The Imagine Project, Story of Love, Courage and Hope" opens your heart and soul to the ordinary people who surround you every day — neighbors, teachers, co-workers, the clerk behind the deli counter, strangers you pass by on the street, even the homeless.

YGB founder Kayoko Mitsumatsu was featured in this beautiful project. Read more here. Use "Kayoko" as your coupon code when ordering and $10 will be donated to YGB!!

YGB T-ShirtsYGB’s exclusive “Namaste” new collection includes tanks and cool men's T-shirts, 100% of sales are donated by Jala Clothing. Purchase yours here.

Morgan StanleyMorgan Stanley will now match 100% of employee donation made to YGB! Please spread the word to your friends at Morgan Stanley about YGB.



Ashtanga Yoga ConfluenceAshtanga Yoga Confluence 2014 choose YGB as Charity Beneficiary!! Register now, space is limited.

Explore the Ashtanga Yoga tradition based on the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Start your day with a Mysore or Guided class followed by daily panel discussions and afternoon workshops with master Ashtanga Yoga teachers; Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller and David Swenson. May 8 -11, San Diego Marriott, 2014



Mia Togo in Yoga Magazine "Thank You Mother India" in LA Yoga Magazine by YGB Ambassador Mia Togo.

Mia along with 4 LA teachers just hosted a successful TYMI event.
See event photos here.

Follow our YGB Blog for updated news from India and around the world!!

Thank you for all the past and future events,
which make a real difference one class at a time!!







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