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Why Teach Yoga and Mindfulness in Prison?

Rob Schware | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Elizabeth Carling, who offers a free community-based yoga program with the support of her employer, Patricia McKeen, owner of A New Awakening counseling agency in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Yoga for First Responders

Rob Schware | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Dr. Robert Scott, a licensed psychologist as well as a nationally recognized teacher, trainer, and consultant in the field o...

Yoga: How We Bridge Linguistic and Socio-Economic Borders

Rob Schware | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Paige Reeves, who launched YogaVida in October 2013 as a non-profit initiative to bring the mental and physical benefits of yoga to the Latino immigrant community in Phoenix, Arizona.

Yoga: How We Serve Cancer Patients

Rob Schware | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Beth Daugherty, Executive Director of the Christina Phipps Foundation. This foundation was founded in 2010 in memory of Chri...

Bringing Yoga To Underserved Communities in San Diego

Rob Schware | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Laura Plumb, who began her career in London, working with The Discovery Channel Europe. At Discovery she was quickly drawn to programming on indigenous cultures, complementary medicine, and healing traditions.

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.

'Warrior' Pose for Wounded Warriors

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 06.28.2015 | DC
Rep. Charles Rangel

The newly founded Congressional Yogi Association will host its first-ever Yoga on the Hill event on May 1 to advocate for better physical and mental health for veterans, which has also been a prioritized issue for First Lady Michelle Obama. As a Korean War veteran and a staunch advocate for veterans' issues, I have committed to attending the event to show my support.

Yoga: Helping Map the Path Home for Veterans

Rob Schware | Posted 06.27.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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 05.25.2015 | 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...

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-tta Breathe to Be Bendy

Melissa Nordin | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa Nordin

A small part of yoga is aerobic training, a greater part is resistance training, and a large part is flexibility exercise.

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.