E-Newsletter - May 2015
Yoga Gives Back
For the cost of one yoga class, you can change a life.

Happy Mother's Day!!

Your Donations' Impact

"I do not want my daughter to live like me."--this is the most heartbreaking and the most determined declaration all our fund-recipient mothers tell us when we visit them in their rural West Bengal villages. These women have all been denied higher education, forced to marry very young, and had no access to money after their marriage. Partnered with a local NGO NISHTHA, YGB started the direct funding program "Sister Aid" in 2011, with 50 mothers. With your continued support, we now fund 286 mothers with micro loan programs! It is truly empowering to witness these mothers' tireless effort to transform their daughters' lives, with modest amounts of 2000 Rupees (US $40) as an initial loan, producing an average income increase of 600%. Repayment has been over 90%, and most recipients have now received multiple loans. This "Sister Aid" program also supports 308 daughters remaining in school to avoid child marriage (still a strong tradition in this area). Read these mothers' stories from India in "Kayoko's Journey: $15 a month is transforming so many lives!! NISHTHA programs in West Bengal" and more.


Our micro loan groups have become very important social groups for village women to share their issues, like domestic violence. The sharing is an empowering experience. The recipients are learning not to tolerate such abuse any longer and act as a group if a member suffers from it. Read more as we witness the real story of abuse in the village in "Kayoko's Journey, I hit her, because she was late for lunch". Read more here. Imagine-with just $15 a month, you can support this mother or a daughter to upliftthemselves to live with dignity and a sense of the independence we all enjoy in more developed nations. Join our campaign by becoming a YGB member with easy monthly membership.

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Exciting News:

Welcome New Advisor, Ambassadors and Team Members!

As yoga teachers or studio owners, YGB Ambassadors host fundraisers reaching out to their community and beyond. YGB Global Members are the hard working volunteers in more than 15 countries who mobilize their local yoga communities with YGB's mission.

AdvisorsSivaSiva Mohan
Los Angeles, California
Svastha Health
AmbassadorsSeaneSeane Corn,
Los Angeles, California
 Allison Allison Gaughan,
San Diego, CA
Corporate Prana
 Marieke Marieke Vliegen,
Maastricht, the Netherlands
Same Same But Different
 Emery Emery Bryant,
Springfield, MO
Emery Bryant Yoga

Youth AmbassadorsEvi Evi Wesseling,
Gronsveld, the Netherlands
Team MembersJulia Julia Tan, Singapore
 Ayana Ayana Dake,
Tokyo Japan,
Ayana Dake
 Miriam Miriam Salentjin,
Maastricht, the Netherlands

New YGB Exclusive "Namaste" Tank Tops from Jala Clothing!

Anouk Very popular Namaste tanks in new colors! Wear Namaste and support more mothers and children in India as Jala Clothing donates 100% of the proceeds from these cool tops to YGB.


Upcoming Events

Anouk Wednesday, July 1st at 6:00pm-8:30pm
Kino MacGregor's Special Fundraiser Class in Los Angeles! @ YogaGlo, Santa Monica

YGB Board Kino will be donating 100% from this special Ashtanga class for all levels. The special class will be followed by Kino's book signing, refreshments, raffle, YGB FILM and mingling with like minded yogis!!! Thank you YogaGlo for hosting this fundraiser.

Space is limited, get your tickets today. $ 40 per person including one raffle ticket.
learn more

22 Mornings of Yoga

May 29 at 6:30pm
Multi-Teacher Led 108 Fundraiser @ Red Hot Yoga, Guildford , UK

Organized by YGB Ambassador Julee Yew-Crijns, joined by nine teachers to enjoy 108 Sun Salutations together.

June 20 at 11am
Breathe! You Are Alive! @ Surya Yoga, Malaysia

YGB Ambassador Swati Pandey teaches Prana and Meditation

Thank you for all these past events!!!

Sponsors Logos May 3: Phelps Grove Park Springfield Missouri
YGB Ambassador Emery Bryan takes her fun class to the park.

Sponsors Logos April 20: Yonion Yoga Festival in China.
YGB Ambassador Kirin Wong's series of workshops sharing YGB FILM and our mission!

Sponsors Logos April 2: Lily's Birthday @Studio 8, Reno, Nevada
The youngest sponsor Lily hosted her birthday yoga class to support girls in India!!! From Lily, ""We have enough stuff already and so it's better to help other people. I was having a yoga party, and Yoga Gives Back was the best charity I could support. I'm excited to help a girl in India who's not much older than I am."

April 1: Nikki Hegstrom @Sattva Yoga, Washington

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

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