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Rob Schware
Rob Schware is the Executive Director of the Give Back Yoga Foundation and President of the Yoga Service Council. He is a former senior World Bank manager.

He has been married to Alice Trembour for 30 years, which, like yoga, is in and of itself a regular commitment to a practice. They have three children.

Entries by Rob Schware

Bringing Yoga to Veterans Treatment Court

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 12:37 PM

2016-02-02-1454416098-7814319-JenniferWrightSchneemanPhotoCourtesyofPaulDirkPhotography.pngThis is an interview with Jennifer Wright, who offers Mindful Yoga Therapy (MYT) training to Veterans and their families. She started with eight Veterans, ranging from OEF/OIF to Vietnam War Vets. One of those Vets introduced her to The Joseph House, a...

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Yoga: How We Serve Incarcerated Youth

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 10:54 AM

2016-01-13-1452703772-9865486-JillIppolitoPhotocourtesyofABPhotography.jpgThis is an interview with Jill Weiss Ippolito, who is the founder/director of UpRising Yoga in Los Angeles, a nonprofit program that brings yoga to incarcerated youth and communities that can benefit from yoga. Her organization holds weekly yoga classes...

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Making Yoga Accessible And Affordable To All

(4) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 6:42 AM

2015-12-28-1451262449-829033-DanaWalters.jpgThis is an interview with Dana Walters, co-founder of Project Yoga Richmond. Dana told me that she took her first group class in 1994, but yoga didn't immediately "grab" her the way it can newcomers; it took several years. She...

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Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for Survivors of Sexual Assault

(2) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 12:58 PM


This is an interview with Caitlin Lanier, who has pioneered several trauma-sensitive yoga programs in the Boise, Idaho area -- including one at a domestic violence shelter, and two at local universities for survivors of sexual assault (Boise State and College of Idaho)....

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Why Teach Yoga and Mindfulness in Prison?

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 10:06 AM

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. Elizabeth started a free class at A...

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Yoga for First Responders

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 6:06 PM

2015-08-24-1440448905-9612202-Dr.RobertScott.jpgThis is an interview with Dr. Robert Scott, a licensed psychologist as well as a nationally recognized teacher, trainer, and consultant in the field of trauma/disaster psychology. I first met Bob at the "Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and Resiliency Training to Benefit First Responders"...

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Yoga: How We Bridge Linguistic and Socio-Economic Borders

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 12:56 PM

2015-07-31-1438358011-277731-PaigeReevesYogaVida.jpgThis 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. She teaches a free weekly general...

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Yoga: How We Serve Cancer Patients

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 5:07 PM

This is an interview with Beth Daugherty, Executive Director of the Christina Phipps Foundation. This foundation was founded in 2010 in memory of Christina Phipps, a Jacksonville yoga instructor who found great physical and emotional comfort from her yoga community. After her first round of chemotherapy and a clean report,...

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Bringing Yoga To Underserved Communities in San Diego

(6) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 4:12 PM

This is an interview with Laura Plumb, who began her career in London, working with The 2015-05-11-1431370972-4315899-LauraPlumb.jpegDiscovery Channel Europe. At Discovery she was quickly drawn to programming on indigenous cultures, complementary medicine, and healing traditions. She later moved to California, producing documentaries...

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Bringing Yoga and Meditation to a Canadian Prison

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 2:24 PM

Image courtesy of Stephen Wild: Perri van Rossem, founder of Living Yoga Studios, leads a studio class.

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;...

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Yoga: Helping Map the Path Home for Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 6:11 PM


This is an interview with Ena Burrud, E-RYT500, a certified yoga therapist working with veterans in Colorado and Wyoming. Herself diagnosed with PTSD from chronic trauma, she has been offering iRest (integrative restoration) since 2012; and began sharing the practice in...

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

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 10:24 AM

2015-04-02-1427980202-1823361-Benefitphoto2.jpgI 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. Along the...

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Yoga: How We Serve Incarcerated Women and Those in Transition

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 6:52 PM

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." Yet she describes having had since her early 20s a...

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Yoga: How We Serve People With Disabilities and Physical Limitations

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 6:30 PM


This is an interview with Char Grossman, who is a Therapeutic Yoga Specialist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. In 2004, Char founded YogaReach, a therapeutic yoga program that inspires individuals of all ages and abilities to develop educational,...

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What Is Yoga Service? A Working Definition

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 11:49 AM


Yoga service is gaining in popularity. There is a Yoga Service Council, an annual Yoga Service Conference, and numerous professionals in many disciplines working on yoga service projects -- but what exactly does the term mean? Isn't all yoga...

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Yoga for Youth

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2015 | 12:16 PM


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 yoga classes with consistent attendance. Parents who were taking her adult yoga classes asked if she...

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Yoga: How We Serve First Responders And Emergency Personnel

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 1:56 PM

2015-01-11-OliviaKvitne.pngI first met Olivia Kvitne while she was offering free yoga classes for veterans, as well as continuing education workshops on yoga and the neurological system at the Los Angeles Fire Department Training Center and the Los Angeles Police Department. She is...

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The State of Yoga Service: Looking Forward Through 2015

(1) Comments | Posted January 10, 2015 | 4:57 AM

A Vision for the Future: Voices From Our Yoga Service Community

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...

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

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 5:42 PM

2014-12-26-Dena.pngThis 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. Her new book on the topic is called The Culturally Inclusive Educator: Preparing for...

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Yoga Service: The Quest for Building Community

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 8:47 AM

2014-11-28-HenryCross.pngI 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-based, not-for-profit yoga studio that promotes health and wellness as a right of life rather...

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