Interviews with Yoga Nonprofit Leaders

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How Volunteering with Veterans Launched Mindful Yoga Therapy

How can yoga and mindfulness practices help veterans and first responders lead peaceful, healthy, and productive lives? Join Rob Schware and Founder of Mindful Yoga Therapy, Suzanne Manafort, and discover the benefits of yoga for people affected by severe trauma, the importance of more experienced teachers, and how you can help.

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How The Prison Yoga Project Was Started: An Interview with James Fox

Prison Yoga Project was the first Legacy Program under the Give Back Yoga Foundation umbrella, launched with a project that sent books (by-request, free-of-charge) to more than 30,000 incarcerated people. Rob Schware interviews the founder of PYP, James Fox, about their vital work supporting incarcerated people with trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness practices.

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How an Eating Disorder Sufferer, Turned Researcher Started Eat Breathe Thrive

As a young person, Chelsea Roff nearly lost her life to an eating disorder. As an adult, she dedicated her life to helping others and pushing forward scientific research on the practice that helped her recover. In this interview, Rob Schware talks with Chelsea about the rooftop campaign that raised $50,000 to kickstart the organization, and how their yoga-based curriculum has since expanded to reach thirty-two states and seven countries.

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How a Yoga Teacher and Her Student Started the Give Back Yoga Foundation

Join Chelsea Roff in conversation with Rob Schware and Beryl-Bender Birch about how a humble yoga teacher training project became an international nonprofit organization, which now serves tens of thousands of people facing illness and hardship every year.

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How a Disease That Nearly Took Her Breath Away Inspired yoga4cancer

A cancer survivor herself, Tari Prinster knows all too well how cancer and its treatments can affect a person physically, psychological, and spiritually. In this interview, Chelsea Roff interviews Tari about how the yoga4cancer methodology was developed, and how the organization has evolved over the years in this 45-minute interview.

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How a Relapse Helped to Launch Yoga of 12-Step Recovery

Fourteen years ago, Nikki Myers started Yoga of 12-Step Recovery from the bedrock of her own experience with addiction, combined with her training as a yoga therapist and somatic experiencing practitioner. Join Chelsea Roff in conversation with Nikki about the roots, evolution, and future plans of Y12SR.

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