YOGAaccessories.com continues to enjoy supporting many causes both at home and around the globe. While our goal is to do our part in giving back to the community and helping those among us who are less fortunate, we are most passionate about the environment and womens health issues. Not only does YOGAaccessories.com plant a tree for every order, and donate a percent of our profits to breast cancer research, we also try to help out many very special people and organizations trying to bring yoga to those who might benefit most from it, but might not otherwise have a chance to try without the right equipment.
YOGAaccessories.com recognizes the dedication to health and wellness put forth by non-profit organizations and educational institutions worldwide. While this effort should be applauded, in many cases resources are scarce or simply non-existent. YOGAaccessories.com feels that the health and well being of individuals should not suffer due to limited funds and/or resources. YOGAaccessories.com is proud to support not for profit charitable organizations by providing supplies at our cost, and in some cases at no cost at all. If you are in dire need of yoga supplies, we are always willing to help in any way that we can. Please click here to learn more and submit your information. We welcome your request and we are keen to share information with you about our special charitable giving that can support your efforts.
Here are some of the many causes that we are proud to have worked with over the years:
Trees for the Future
Through a partnership with Trees for the Future, we plant a tree for every order placed. While it has always been our goal to offer our customers the best performing yoga products at the best prices on the market -- we felt we could and should do even more. We looked for a partner to help us give back to the earth and found Trees for the Future to be the right choice. What we like about Trees for the Future is that they work with local communities on projects that are environmentally and economically sustainable. They are not about going in and dictating what they are going to do, doing it and walking away. They engage the local community which leads to a project that can continue long after Trees for the Future has left. Trees for the Future works to develop and implement programs to improve living standards for the participants, by the careful management, rather than the exploitation, of our natural resources.
Since 1989, Trees for the Future has been helping communities around the world plant trees. Through seed distribution, agroforestry training, and their country programs, they have empowered rural groups to restore tree cover to their lands. Planting trees protects the environment and helps to preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures for generations. Most communities around the world recognize that they need to plant trees on their degraded lands if they are to improve their lives. Trees for the Future provides technical knowledge on agroforestry and sustainable development, along with planting materials so that communities can return their degraded lands and struggling farms back to sustainable production.
Beneficial trees minimize soil erosion, supply forage for animals, and provide a source of fuelwood, but planting trees is difficult when the canopy has disappeared, topsoil has been eroded, and the climate and growing conditions have changed. Through their network of technicians, volunteers, and community leaders world-wide, their program reaches remote areas and gives local people the knowledge and ability to rehabilitate their environment. Trees for the Future has helped thousands of communities in Central America, Africa, and Asia improve their livelihoods and their environment by planting nearly 50 million trees. Trees for the Future calculates that these trees remove approximately one million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year.
You can play your part
by joining YOGAaccessories.com in supporting The Breast Cancer Research
Foundation. Make a donation in honor or in memory of a loved one.
Your support will help us achieve The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
mission: prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime. The
Breast Cancer Research Foundation is an independent 501 (3) non-profit
organization. A minimum of 85 cents of every dollar donated goes to
breast cancer research and awareness programs.
The mission of The
Breast Cancer Research Foundation is to achieve prevention and a cure
for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for
innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers
worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health.
A minimum of 85 cents of every dollar they raise goes to research and
awareness programs. A global approach is critical since public health
indicators suggest that by 2020, 70 percent of all breast cancers cases
will be in developing countries. Some collaborations are between U.S.-based
researchers working with significant populations of women with breast
cancer and oncologists and cancer researchers based in other countries.
Other projects are initiated locally but have international implications;
they range from novel laboratory research about the molecular basis
of breast cancer, to new approaches to improving and standardizing patient
care. The goal of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is to be able
to offer better outcomes to women with breast cancer, and to prevent
healthy women from developing it, no matter where they live.
The Wellness Community
is a non-profit organization that provides cancer patients with free
services such as group and individual therapy, training in nutrition,
meditation, visualization, chi kung, and yes YOGA! The Wellness
Community utilizes the Patient Active model of recovery, which involves
the cancer patient as an active part in his or her own recovery process.
One aspect of the Patient Active model is to participate in stress reduction
activities such as yoga. Yet yoga provides the two-fold purpose
of stress management and exercise, both of which have been shown to
facilitate the recovery process.
The mission of the
Foothill Aids Project is to improve the lives of those affected by or
at risk for HIV/AIDS through comprehensive support services and to help
prevent HIV infections through education and outreach. Their vision
is to be recognized in the communities they serve as a model for the
prevention of HIV through education and outreach, and for providing
culturally competent, intensive service to individuals affected by or
at risk for HIV/AIDS.
YOGAaccessories.com is a proud sponsor of YoKid. YoKid is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides low- and no-cost instruction in yoga and meditation for kids of all ages. Their hope is that through this instruction, kids will be able to foster greater self-awareness and, in turn, realize their full potential academically, socially, and emotionally. YoKid provides low-cost instruction for any interested school or organization, however, groups that meet at least one of the following criteria are eligible for free programs:
Receive special education services
Have a physical disability
Free/Reduced lunch population within the school/community center/organization of 60% or more
Students are given instruction on how to continue their yoga and meditation practice independently and a YoKid sticky mat for them to use during the program and to continue their practice at home.
YOGAaccessories.com is a proud contributor to the Cleveland Clinic. When you support the Cleveland Clinic, you become a part of a comprehensive plan to bring together the best minds with the most sophisticated technology, in the finest facilities, to produce the scientific discoveries we need to defeat disease.
HeartSong Health In
Community in Putney, Vermont is anonprofit organization committed to
helping create self-sustaining, inclusive communities where all members
enjoy perfect integral health a dynamic state of physiological,
psychological and spiritual resilience that empowers people to adapt
and grow, to heal themselves and others, to protect the environment,
and to achieve their highest potential. Their mission is to promote
integral community health in multiple ways by providing physical, mental,
emotional, ecological, social, cultural, and spiritual education and
medical care, and by creating systems to ensure equal health care access
to people of all ages, professions and abilities, all lifestyles, faiths,
and cultural traditions.
YOGAaccessories.com is a proud contributor to Yoga World Reach. Yoga World Reach is a Colorado non-profit devoted to bringing joy, hope, and Yoga to under-served populations throughout the local and global communities. They have been working with survivors of domestic violence, people with disabilities, orphans, and those with substance abuse challenges in places as distant as India, and as remote as Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
In Yoga Philosophy, the word seva is used to mean: selfless service, work that is given universally, service that is performed for the benefit of others without attachment to the outcome. Seva is the cornerstone of Yoga World Reach. Yoga World Reach seeks to promote global peace through individual empowerment using yoga practice, meditation practice and alternative therapies such as art and music therapy. The programs that they are presenting to disenfranchised, marginalized and economically challenged populations, provide a tool to help them help themselves. Through yoga practice they have the opportunity to improve the life and health of themselves, their families and their communities.
YOGAaccessories.com is a proud supporter of The Northern Westchester Shelter, a private non-profit organization founded in 1980 to provide a safe haven and caring services to survivors of domestic violence. Their programs are free, confidential and offered in English and Spanish.
The mission of the Northern Westchester Shelter is to provide caring services and shelter to victims of domestic violence. The Northern Westchester Shelter promotes healthy, non-violent family life:
by assisting people in crisis;
by breaking the cycle of abusive behavior.
by advocacy and community education, and;
by developing innovative, responsive services, thereby empowering victims to live free from abuse
Domestic violence does not begin with the first hit; it often starts with jealousy and emotional abuse. How do we know to call it "domestic violence" rather than "a bad relationship?" Well, if it's just a bad relationship, then either partner is not afraid of the other and both feel safe to leave or break up at any time. Domestic violence (or dating abuse) involves a pattern of coercive behaviors and tactics used to instill fear in a person. These tactics include threats and intimidating and manipulating behavior that emotionally, physically, or sexually hurt an intimate partner. The purpose of the abuse is to establish and maintain power and control over the other person.
It takes tremendous courage for a battered woman to walk away from her home and into a shelter. Often she leaves behind not only her abuser but also her family, friends, neighbors, job, and other sources of love and support. Imagine just for a moment your life without these or similar comforts. Its almost unimaginable perhaps equally as painful as the abuse and violence left behind.
At this shelter, they strive to create a welcoming environment where the residents can experience peace of mind and a sense of safety. They offer counseling and support groups that allow the residents to express their feelings about the violence they have endured. Those who find themselves without the words are encouraged to participate in art therapy, dance therapy and psychodrama.
Their primary goal is to provide the safety, support and encouragement that allow each woman the opportunity to reclaim the power and control in her life.
YOGAaccessories.com is a proud sponsor of Advance Housing, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization. Advance Housings mission is to expand the range and scope of supportive housing opportunities to persons with psychiatric disabilities. In addition, they seek to make similar options and services available to other consumers who are in need of supportive housing. Their array of outreach services are designed to help people live independently in the community. The agency has become instrumental in meeting the residential needs of consumers of mental health services, and looks forward to continuing its efforts in this area.
YOGAaccessories.com is a proud supporter of The Council for Prostitution Alternatives (CPA), a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon. CPA is devoted to empowering survivors of the sex trade industry and helping them seek an alternative lifestyle. So far, they have helped many women escape the sex industry with assistance in education, dental care, employment, housing and escaping domestic violence to name a few. We encourage you to visit CPA's website at www.prostitutionalternatives.org for more information or to make a donation. For a population who has struggled with homelessness, poverty, sexual assault and post-traumatic stress disorder, the practice of yoga will provide an important healing component to the recovery process.
YOGAaccessories.com is a proud supporter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Pittsburgh, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization driven by a mission to provide a "home away from home" for the families of seriously ill children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals; and help lift children to a better tomorrow by awarding grants from funds raised in area McDonald's restaurants to organizations that help children lead happier, healthier, and more productive lives.
YOGAaccessories.com is a proud supporter of Children of the Night, a private, non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1979, dedicated to assisting children between the ages of 11 and 17 who are forced to prostitute on the streets for food to eat and a place to sleep. Since 1979 they have rescued girls and boys from prostitution and the domination of vicious pimps. All programs are funded with the support of private donations. They are making a difference in the lives of hundreds of children each year. Their commitment to rescuing these children from the ravages of prostitution is shared with a small but committed group of detectives, FBI agents, and prosecutors in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Ana, Anaheim, San Diego, other areas of California, Las Vegas, Portland, Billings, Montana; Seattle, Washington; Miami, New York, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Phoenix, Hawaii and Washington D.C. all stops on the child prostitution circuit. And their numbers keep growing as more and more dedicated individuals become concerned about the welfare of these desperate children.
YOGAaccessories.com is a proud supporter of The Lighthouse Shelter for the homeless in Marion, Illinois is a faith based organization dedicated to promoting the general welfare of the homeless in Southern Illinois. The Shelter was previously a 60 unit nursing home. It has three wings which ideally serve men, women and families. The Lighthouse Shelter strives to break the cycle of homelessness by comprehensively addressing the needs of those who are homeless. The Lighthouse Shelter serves as a catalyst in fostering community and social services partnerships that provide coordinated services to meet the basic needs of food, shelter, and health care.
Whether you measure excellence in patient satisfaction scores, medical outcomes or state-of-the-art technology, St. Jude Medical Center ranks at the top of Orange County hospitals. Widely recognized for our success in areas from cardiology to rehabilitation, we are the first choice of patients and families. Our physicians offer one of the nations highest board certification rates and are continually pioneering new and higher standards of care.
YogaAccessories.com has also supported a number of neighborhood charitable efforts. For example Down Under Yoga (http://downunderyoga.com) in Newton, MA is a community-based yoga studio that raises money for local Newton non-profits and community causes. They write: " Without the support of YogaAccessories.com, our efforts in fostering community through yoga fundraisers and charity yoga classes, the proceeds of which fund local Newton non-profits, would have been impossible. It is truly inspiring to see a yoga company that actually practices what we preach - rather than only looking to make a profit." Examples of these fundraisers include "Her Voices", a Newton non-profit which strengthens cross-cultural openness and understanding by sharing the stories of women and girls, which found early exposure and financial support from Down Under Yoga. Class donations raised money for almost every school, community fundraiser and village day event across the city, the Newton Mothers' Forum and most recently, the Hyde Community Center (http://www.hydecenter.org) which beautified the center of its village through the Bridge Project. Down Under Yoga attributes the success of its charitable yoga classes to YogaAccessories.com.
Yoga In Schools inspires, educates, and supports the development of emotional and physical fitness in children, classroom teachers, and other education professionals. We build a sustainable model of wellness programming through non-traditional, non-competitive yoga-inspired movement and breathing techniques to children and by providing a set of classroom-ready tools for teachers.,,Confidence, deeper self-awareness, and flexibility in mind and body complement the esteemed benefit of greater school success are the hallmarks of programming that Yoga in Schools can bring to your school.
Kula for Karma is a leading 501(c)3 charitable organization that offers the healing benefits of yoga and other relaxation, stress-relieving treatment methods to those who otherwise would have no access to yoga and its emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits. Our services are offered at no cost to the participant and taught by uniquely and specifically trained yoga instructors, each with their own gifts, talents, and passion.
Everyday, our programs transform the lives of an unprecedented diverse group of people. Our programs include: those serving children with autism; at-risk youth; wheel-chair bound seniors; adults with HIV/AIDS; victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking; low-income women and children; families with adoptive issues; those in eating disorders and addiction recovery programs; and wounded combat veterans.
In the past year, we have grown from 12 to over 30 programs>... serving hundreds of people in the New York Metropolitan area, including Northern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. We are carefully preparing to expand our programming on a national scale. The need is so great. The people we serve have been halted in their tracks by a difficult life circumstance, and our programs give them the freedom to heal, share, and love. YOGAaccessories has been instrumental in helping us sustain and grow this program.
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is an African-American organization of mothers who nurture future leaders by strengthening children ages 2-19 through chapter programming, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving. We believe every child, with proper guidance and opportunity can be a leader.
YOGAaccessories is a proud supporter of The Y Team, a mental health program of the YMCA of the East Bay of San Francisco, California. The Y-Team is a program under the YMCA that provides mental health services and resources to middle and high schools in the East Bay of San Francisco. Specifically, they are in schools where there are a lot of under-privileged children, community and domestic violence, substance abuse and poverty to name a few defining characteristics. The Y-Team is non-profit and is based out of Richmond, CA. The Y-Team works in conjunction with local schools to provide therapists to their students and is an integral component of a health center initiative where a wellness and healing program has been implemented to help kids work on controlling their anger through yoga and meditation.
The International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred), is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to helping research the causes of depression, to support those dealing with depression, and to combat the stigma associated with depression. iFred is dedicated to rebranding the disease, shining a positive light in order to bring survivors hope. We would like to recognize YOGAaccessories.com for their generosity and continued support.
Sankhya Yoga School & Wellness Center is an amazing place for those to enjoy the authentic practice of yoga. Our yoga classes welcome individuals at all levels of their practice, and are created with a spirit of enthusiasm and fun. We teach the practice of yoga in a traditional manner, rooted in its ancient philosophies and goals. The inherited wisdom of yoga is taught with patience and sincerity. Attending yoga classes on a regular basis can become costly, however, through the generosity and support of the team at YOGAaccessories, we are able to make our classes available to more people at the lowest possible cost. Through devotion to having a regular practice, your body, mind, and spirit find true harmony and balance. By sharing the art of yoga with as many individuals as possible as often as possible, we prosper! Namaste!
The Give Back Yoga Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and fund certified yoga teachers in all traditions to offer the teachings of yoga to underserved and under-resourced population - from asana and stress reduction, through breath work and meditation, to general service to others.
In the last three years the Foundation has funded a wide range of projects including teaching yoga to residential group treatment programs for kids in need of counseling as the result of sexual abuse; to prison populations; and to military service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat related stress, traumatic brain injury and severe post traumatic stress in multi-disciplinary holistic treatment programs. We recently published with the Prison Yoga Project a book on yoga for inmates, ''Yoga: A Path for Healing and Recovery.'' In less than two months, weve received more than 2,800 letters from prisoners throughout the country about their hunger for the self-rehabilitative benefits of yoga and meditation. The Give Back Yoga Foundation is pleased to partner with YOGAaccessories.com; together we are bringing the healing benefits of yoga to more people in more places.
Founded in 1977, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is the nations most trusted source for wellness and personal growth. As a nonprofit organization, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Located on 195 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes more than 23,000 people to its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York and at exceptional locations around the world.
Sensei Devin Fernandez has been studying martial arts for the last 10 years and has achieved a Shodan Degree Black Belt in Ninpo Ninjutsu. He has been living a life committed to training and discipline in martial arts and meditation. Having been diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa over 8 years ago Sensei Devin found himself wondering; ''why me'', ''what is this experience trying to teach me'' and how can I share my knowledge with others? It was at this point in his life, fully entrenched in his martial arts studies, that he made a determination to keep training despite the challenges his lack of vision presented. It was then that the vision for a full fitness center for the blind came to him in one of his meditations, hence the birth of Third Eye Insight; a fitness program of martial arts/self defense, yoga and meditation for the blind and visually impaired. YOGAaccessories is a proud sponsor of this worthy cause.
The Carol Jones Women's Recovery Center is a nonprofit yoga education center. The students and instructors work in the community to bring yoga to the underserved. We had been bringing classes to the women at this residential facility for over a year with no props at all. The incredible generosity of your company has changed yoga day for the girls. They now feel they are doing REAL yoga. Having their own clean, colorful yoga mats has changed their practice in so many ways, they focus, they feel more centered and are safer as well. They really enjoy the pretty purple print with the Om symbol (an opportunity for "what does this mean?"). Your staff and company are acting in the true karma yoga tradition. Many blessings.
Little Flower Yoga is a unique organization that provides education based yoga programs to schools and youth organizations, teaches creative and nurturing classes for children and families, and trains teachers to engage, encourage and inspire joy in all students. Come grow with us.
Washington, DC has the highest rate of new AIDS cases in the country
with an estimated 1 in 20 residents living with HIV. The CDC estimates
that injection drug use has directly and indirectly accounted for more
than one-third of AIDS cases in the United States. Over the past
decade, PreventionWorks! has evolved from a needle exchange
organization into a critical part of the District of Columbia's HIV
PreventionWorks! today offers tools, information and services for
leading healthier lives. It provides sterile injection equipment, harm
reduction supplies, safe disposal of used supplies, HIV testing (with
results in 20 minutes), drug treatment referrals, wound care and safer
sex kits, food, education, trainings, support groups and HIV medical
case management/treatment adherence.
Working with the Give Back Yoga Foundation, and YogaActivist.org,
YogaAccessories.com is supporting yoga and meditation classes at
PreventionWorks! for people who are both recovering from addiction and
current drug users. They may also be homeless or mentally ill.
Marianne Bullock and Lisa Andrews founded the Prison Birth Project in 2008 with the vision rooted in the experiences of the founders involvement in the criminal justice system. Both founders have experienced the effects of the system first hand in one way or another, through incarceration or reunification of family members. PBP recognizes and understands that as low-income mothers its more often than not the systemic failings and not the personal failings of women that put them in the situations that cause their incarceration.
The Prison Birth Project mission and focus is reproductive justice and self-determination. They believe that power based structures in society can lead to failings that all to often leave poor people, people of color and women underserved and living in unjust conditions. They recognize that it is not mothers own personal failing that caused their incarceration but often lack of systemic support for life and parenthood. As a collective they recognize that it is essential to create structures that model a vision of what a just society looks like for all peoples. They seek to use a non hierarchical structure to support work that helps to redistribute power to help create a more just society. In creating the collective, they believe that it is important to keep a community based involvement, creating a collective comprised of members who know and have experienced firsthand issues that affect their constituents and clients.
Community Yoga Austin is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that brings free yoga classes into sectors of the community that may not otherwise have access to the practice. We provide uniquely skilled, certified yoga instructors to lead the classes, with the mission of providing underserved populations an opportunity to experience the healing benefits of yoga.
Everyday, our programs transform the lives of a diverse group of people. Our programs include: those serving at-risk youth; wheel-chair bound seniors; low-income seniors, the incarcerated, adults with mental & physical handicaps, teens in recovery, and also teens making the transition out of homelessness.
Our programs help people discover their own inner-strength, manage their emotions, and find relief from stress. We are grateful to YOGAaccessories for their support and assistance in helping our organization to grow.
''Get Your Wellness On'' is a grass roots movement to promote health and save lives. Encouraging dialogue and education to reduce incidence of mental illnesses that can lead to suicide, ''Get Your Wellness On'' promotes Eastern and Western approaches to mind and body health. The movement advances a general understanding of wellness that will empower individuals to take charge of their overall health. YOGAaccessories is a proud supporter of this worthy cause.>
Felise (Shivadasi) Berman, is the founder of Shiva Shanti Yoga School and has dedicated her life to yoga since 1997, after being introduced to it a decade earlier. She is now a Certified Advanced Registered Teacher with both the Yoga Alliance and Jivamukti Yoga School, as well as a graduate of the Bihar Yoga Bharati Institute for Advanced Studies in Munger, India. Based on her unique studies in metaphysics and Buddhism, and her experiences as a dancer, singer, musician, and yogini, Felise aka Shivadasi created the Shiva Shanti style of yoga to incorporate rigorous asana, music, spoken word, yogic breathing, meditation, and deep relaxation, with respect to the historical aspects of yoga as written in ancient texts. She also created the Shiva Shanti Yoga Teacher Training, which is also accredited with the Yoga Alliance. YOGAaccessories is an avid supporter and sponsor of the Shiva Shanti Yoga School.
The Shiva Shanti Studio is a colorful, sun-filled space in a former firehouse. It is located in the heart of downtown Rutherford (less than 10 miles from Manhattan), in Rutherford, NJ. All of their teachers are certified and registered.
The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982.
In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.