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Sending Love to Fort Hood

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Questions of "how/why" always remain during times of shock and trauma related to our country's tragedies around shootings. What we should know is that we cannot look the other way.

Getting a Leg Up: Yoga for Amputees

Rob Schware | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Marsha Danzig, founder and director of Yoga for Amputees, as well as Color Me Yoga for children. Marsha is a below-knee ampu...

Yoga: How We Serve in Hospitals to Prevent Illness and Foster Health

Rob Schware | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Judi Bar, a yoga therapist and yoga program manager at Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute. Cleveland Clinic is ranked as ...

Yoga: How We Serve The Blind In The Art Of Self-Study

Rob Schware | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 39 million people are blind; over 15 million live in India.

12-Step-Style Yoga for Addiction and Depression

Rob Schware | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

Fortunately, I have experienced the miracle of recovery. I know that I can only keep what I have by giving it away. I now live a full, rich life that continues to fulfill and surpass my biggest hopes and dreams for myself.

Bridging the Worlds of Yoga and Social Activism

Rob Schware | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

From 2007 to 2011 Andrea MacDonald served as an activist against climate change. She eventually left her role as a community organizer against the Enbridge Gateway pipeline in British Columbia and started yoga teacher training.

Yoga: The Journey of Inner Healing For Returning Veterans

Rob Schware | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

'What motivated me at first was how good I felt doing yoga; I wanted to share my discovery with the world! What motivates me now is how valuable this tool is to the world at this time. My passion for yoga has grown deeper and deeper, as I experience its gifts within my personal life.'

Tips for a Safe Yoga Practice

Rob Schware | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Phil Rolfe, a physical therapist in Boulder, Colorado, who works at a clinic where he sees primarily spine patients. Boulde...

Former Lawyer Brings Yoga to the Homeless and to Victims of Violence

Rob Schware | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Itzel Berrio, also known by her yoga community as Kamala. She was a lawyer for over a decade before becoming a registered 50...

Yoga: Serving Those Who Serve

Rob Schware | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Olivia Kvitne, who started her service career in 2003 teaching low-cost private yoga sessions for people with disabilities w...

Yoga: Empowering First Responders and Children

Rob Schware | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Debby Kaminsky, a former advertising executive who decided in 2006 she wanted to sell the benefits of transformation. She to...

Yoga Behind Bars

Rob Schware | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Natalie Cielle, who has taught over 250 classes to incarcerated youth and adults, and trained over 125 yoga teachers to tea...

Yoga: How We Serve the Larger Woman

Rob Schware | Posted 01.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Vilma Zaleskaite, who slipped into a yoga career by accident. In the late 1990's, her American husband was introducing yoga ...

Yoga for Everyone, Everywhere: Yoga Across America

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Gina Garcia, a former television journalist and California Capitol correspondent. She is a 500-hour certified Baptiste Pow...

Yoga Outreach: Serving Sin City's Homeless Youth

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

"I look forward to each Tuesday evening knowing the time I spend with them on the mat is the most rewarding part of my week."

Suzanne Manafort: Bringing Mindful Yoga Therapy to Veterans

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

My definition of yoga is more about the way I live my life now than what I do on my mat. I try to live my life as my practice.

How Mindfulness Skills Help Children Flourish in School And in Life

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

That the most important thing they can offer children is their own mindfully aware attention. A lot of what kids need in order to pay attention is to feel seen, accepted, and loved. A personal practice can make us more capable of offering this even if we aren't teaching yoga to kids directly.

Restoring Yoga To Its South Asian Roots

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Roopa Singh, founder of South Asian-American Perspectives on Yoga in America (SAAPYA), and a business owner of Brooklyn-based health and wellness center Third Root.

The Courage to Surrender: How Yoga Supports Veterans in the Return Home

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Lilly Bechtel, who has been volunteering in correctional facilities since 2005. In 2010, Lilly became certified in a trauma-...

Yoga: Peace and Justice for Urban Youth

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

The more I learn about chronic stress and trauma the more I see their tentacles everywhere, affecting school performance and dropout rates, crime, violence and public health. I see bringing yoga to youth as a revolutionary act.

Yoga for Veterans: 'I Can Feel Myself Breathe'

Rob Schware | Posted 11.28.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Yael Calhoun, who started teaching yoga about 10 years ago. With her three elementary school-aged sons, she started a summer...

Healing the Disenfranchised Through Yoga

Rob Schware | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Katy Jones, who teaches several types of yoga and is an attorney in Oklahoma City. She recently started a nonprofit, Root to...

A Spouse of a Veteran and Caregiver Strives to Give Back Through Yoga

Rob Schware | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

My definition of yoga has always had service at its core, but now I believe that as I teach yoga I am serving the communities that I teach in and the populations I teach.

Yoga: How We Serve Those in Uniform and Their Spouses

Rob Schware | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Susan Barber, who, for the past four years, has been working with military spouses in Wiesbaden, Germany. Many of these wome...

Yoga: How We Serve Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in Africa

Rob Schware | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with George Acire (whose name means "I have passed through pain"). George teaches yoga at Mandala House in Gulu, Uganda. Mandala ...