Giving Tuesday

It’s been a rough year. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the fight for social justice, the election, the economy, and climate change on our minds, many have had little time, energy, or money to invest in mental health and self-care.

This year, #GivingTuesday falls on December 1, 2020. For those who are able to give, this is a wonderful opportunity to help others. Here are some of our favorite organizations helping bring yoga to those who need it the most.

Bent on Learning

Bent On Learning, a New York City nonprofit, is committed to helping inner city kids find inner peace. The organization brings yoga to as many students as possible—not after school, but right there, in the classroom, where the learning happens.

Purple Dot Yoga Project

Purple Dot Yoga Project is committed to empowering and supporting individuals impacted by domestic violence and trauma, using yoga as a healing tool. The Florida-based organization (now serving California as well) offers one-on-one yoga for survivors, in shelter yoga programs for youth and adults, yoga workshops, and healing yoga retreats.

Yoga Bridge

Yoga Bridge provides evidence-based coping strategies to complement medical treatment for cancer and recovery. The Texas-based nonprofit offers free and low-cost yoga programs to all people affected by cancer. Students are part of a nurturing community where they find relief from fatigue, muscle weakness, and stress.


The mission of Pop.Earth is to provide holistic health and wellness options to people with Autism and other Developmental Disorders throughout the special needs, disabilities and inclusive communities at little to no cost. This non-profit organization is based in New York

Comeback Yoga

Comeback Yoga delivers free yoga classes to help military personnel, their families and supporters develop resiliency in response to their life experience that may include post-traumatic stress. The Colorado non-profit also provides training and support for yoga teachers serving military personnel, as well as funding for veterans who wish to pursue yoga teacher training.

Living Yoga

Living Yoga provides trauma-informed services and resiliency training in order to ensure all individuals have the tools to heal from the impacts of trauma, prevent re-traumatization, and realize their full potential. The Oregon-based organization trains volunteers to provide trauma-informed yoga classes in corrections and reentry, addiction and recovery, and community health; and educates community members and care providers to recognize and respond to symptoms of trauma.

Sheltered Yoga

Sheltered Yoga facilitates mental and behavioral health and wellness through yoga and mindfulness education. This mid-Atlantic non-profit serves individuals and communities by using a specialized evidence-based, trauma informed curriculum that fosters strong self esteem, strength, confidence, tolerance and empowerment.


Roots2Rise is a Philadelphia-based non-profit offering classes that make yoga and meditation accessible to anyone – all ages, abilities, and income levels. The organization serves everyone, regardless of their neighborhood, demographic, gender, and income level.

Yoga Gardens

This Chicago-based organization that seeks to aid and uplift communities in impoverished Chicago neighborhoods by teaching & practicing peace, and by making healthy and nutritious foods available. Through yoga, meditation, healthier food options, and beautifying the neighborhood, this non-profit relieves stress and disease in areas where these difficulties are most prevalent.

Transformation Yoga Project

Transformation Yoga Project serves people impacted by trauma, addiction, and incarceration through trauma-sensitive, mindfulness-based yoga programs driven by education and research. This non-profit is based in Pennsylvania.

Kula for Karma

Kula for Karma brings therapeutic yoga and meditation to those most in need, transforming lives and changing the face of healthcare—one person at a time. Since 2007, Kula for Karma has pioneered programs for populations with physical and mental health challenges, delivered at no cost to the patient or student. Kula for Karma applies its passion and expertise to the integration of yoga and medicine for people with cancer, cardiac issues, disordered eating, substance abuse, trauma, and other conditions.

Ivy Child International

Mindfulness through Movement, recently joined forces with Ivy Child to continue their mission. Ivy Child International is devoted to universal mindfulness education, prioritizing the multicultural needs of children and communities. They bring culturally-tailored programs to diverse educational systems and communities, with a special focus on urban populations. Programs combine meditation, deep breathing, relaxation, mindful movement and the arts to help participants boost focus and awareness, manage stress, improve self-regulation, and increase positivity.

My Area Yoga is an online directory, calendar, blog, and information hub for the wellness and yoga community. Currently offering service in the northeast, as well as Chicago. Our mission is to be the most comprehensive online resource for the local communities.

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