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Bringing Yoga and Meditation to a Canadian Prison

Rob Schware | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Perri van Rossem, who began teaching yoga as a volunteer in 2005 at Collins Bay Medium Security Institution in Kingston, Ontario; she has been teaching there ever since. In addition, she coordinates yoga programs being offered in three other institutions.

Yoga: Helping Map the Path Home for Veterans

Rob Schware | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Ena Burrud, E-RYT500, a certified yoga therapist working with veterans in Colorado and Wyoming. Herself diagnosed with PTS...

Transforming Yoga: Healing Through Empowerment In Prisons And Drug Rehabilitation Facilities

Rob Schware | Posted 04.03.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

I met Mike Huggins a year ago at the Sedona Yoga Festival, over dinner, and heard some of his story; you will read the rest below. He started practicing yoga 12 years ago to help deal with chronic back pain.

Yoga: How We Serve Incarcerated Women and Those in Transition

Rob Schware | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Sara K. Schneider, who wrote about law enforcement in her book, "Art of Darkness: Ingenious Performances by Undercover Operatives, Con Men, and Others."

What Is Yoga Service? A Working Definition

Rob Schware | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

Yoga service is gaining in popularity. There is a Yoga Service Council, an annual Yoga Service Conference, and numerous professionals in many discip...

Doing 108 Salutations Quieted My Noisy Brain

Susie Orman Schnall | Posted 04.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Susie Orman Schnall

Could I even do 108 Sun Salutations? Would it feel like running a marathon or a 3K? Would the shoulder-stressing downward-dogs become unbearable after, say, round 36? Or round five? And, most importantly, would it quiet my mind?

Yoga for Youth

Rob Schware | Posted 04.03.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Kelly Wood, who opened Karuna Yoga studio in Los Angeles in 2002. Since the opening of the studio, she has taught kids yog...

Yoga: How We Serve First Responders And Emergency Personnel

Rob Schware | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

"I am continuously motivated when I see my work positively affecting members of the fire and police departments, and seeing them become excited about it. When they "get it" and continue to roll out their mats week to week, it adds to my passion to teach them."

The State of Yoga Service: Looking Forward Through 2015

Rob Schware | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

In my Huffington Post blog series "Yoga: How We Serve," a number of yoga teachers on the front lines of outreach to underserved and unserved populations have offered valuable answers to the question, "What are some of your ideas about, or hopes for, the future of "service yoga" in America?"

Culturally-Inclusive and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for Addiction and Recovery

Rob Schware | Posted 02.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Dena Samuels, who I met through the social justice work she has been doing as an educator and activist for about 15 years. H...

Yoga Service: The Quest for Building Community

Rob Schware | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

I met Henry Cross at the 3rd Annual Yoga Service Conference at the Omega Institute. Henry is the Assistant Executive Director of Hosh Yoga, a donation...

Yoga and Prison Rehabilitation Programs

Rob Schware | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Kathryn Thomas. Before training as a yoga instructor, Kathryn was a Naval Officer and Naval Aviator flying SH-60 helicopters...

Calm Body, Kind Mind: Serving Veterans Through Yoga

Rob Schware | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

Simple moments hit me the hardest: a couple of weeks ago a vet told me that he noticed it's easier for him to tie his shoes. It's something most people take for granted, but it makes his day just a little bit easier. That's huge.

Yoga: How We Serve Orphaned and Abandoned Girls in India

Rob Schware | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Sylvia Jabaley, MPA, Program Coordinator for Homes of Hope India-US and co-founder of Yoga Village; and Kristin Cooper, Fo...

Yoga for Warriors

Rob Schware | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

The day after 9/11, Beryl Bender Birch, yoga teacher and Wellness Director at the time of the New York Road Runners, was called upon to help families of victims, first responders and others suffering the brutal aftermath of the attacks on New York City.

Yoga: Empowering the Underserved

Rob Schware | Posted 11.15.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Francie Winters, coordinator of Environmental Strategies at the Nye and Esmeralda Counties Coalition (NyECC) in Pahrump, Nev...

Yoga: How We Serve Those in the Yoga Desert

Rob Schware | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Lupé Carranza, who currently teaches at Yoga@LEMA, a free community yoga class located in the Lincoln Heights area of Los A...

Yoga: How We Serve the Whole Neighborhood

Rob Schware | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Lara Land, who was first introduced to yoga service in 2008, when she traveled to Rwanda with an organization now called Pro...

Lessons From the Grassroots: Yoga, Antiracism and a Different Kind of Yoga Service

Rob Schware | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Jardana Peacock, based in Nashville, Tennessee, where she uses yoga as a healing tool for people working through emotional trauma and physical injury.

Yoga: Being Inspired to Make The World a Better Place

Rob Schware | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Adam Dudley, an entrepreneur, business coach, and consultant.

Yoga: How We Serve Incarcerated Veterans

Rob Schware | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Sabrina Seronello, who was on active duty in the Air Force from March 2000-March 2006. She was a medic working in the emerge...

Making Yoga Affordable To All

Rob Schware | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Peggy Hong, who is part of a growing movement to incorporate themes of social justice into yoga classes, workshops, and programs.

Yoga Activism At Work

Rob Schware | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

One day, Sheena plans to establish a healing justice community center -- a studio that will include yoga classes, a vegetarian restaurant, healing studio, and serve as a workshop space for communities to gather and organize.

Yoga: How We Serve Survivors of Violence and Toxic Stress

Rob Schware | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Maggie Cohen, a 500-hour advanced vinyasa yoga instructor and proud member of The Breathe Network, an international network ...

Bridging Yoga and Mental Health Care: A Personal Approach

Rob Schware | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Anneke Sips, a yoga teacher and social psychiatric nurse (RN) from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For the last 16 years she has...