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Circle Yoga Connects is a project of Circle Yoga Cooperative and the Give Back Yoga Foundation.

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Our mission is to connect underserved communities in the Washington, DC area with opportunities to learn and practice yoga and mindfulness. We do this by providing accessible yoga classes through organizations that serve people living in disadvantaged or marginalized communities. We also provide scholarship support to people with financial hardship who want to practice or teach yoga.

Thanks to the generous support of Circle Yoga students and friends in 2019, we have been able to provide trainees, students and campers with nearly $5000 in financial support already in 2020.

 You can help bring yoga and mindfulness practices to underserved communities in DC.

Thanks to our partnership with the Give Back Yoga Foundation, your gift is tax deductible. Circle Yoga Connects will receive approximately 90% of your donation, and the remainder will support GBYF yoga service programs across the country and abroad.

Share the gift of yoga.

IMPORTANT: To ensure that Circle Yoga Connects receives your gift, follow the link above, click the Donate button, and be sure to select Circle Yoga Connects from the menu under "Designation/Area of greatest need." Questions? Email info@circleyoga.com.

Background

Since its founding in 2003, Circle Yoga has provided scholarship support to students with financial hardship who want to enroll in trainings, classes, and summer camp at the studio. Beginning in 2018, Circle Yoga students and friends joined the effort by contributing $7000 to scholarships and outreach work—and they came through with another $7000 contribution in 2019!

Also in 2019, Circle Yoga partnered with the Give Back Yoga Foundation to create Circle Yoga Connects. This project is enabling us to build our scholarship fund and expand our outreach work in the broader DC community. GBYF will help translate our local experience with yoga service in the DC area into best practices and resources that can be used in other communities.

Project objectives

Circle Yoga Connects' objectives include:

1) working with established service and social change organizations in the DC area to bring yoga and mindfulness to people living in marginalized communities, such as low-income housing neighborhoods and immigrant and refugee centers. We do this by offering accessible on-site classes with well-trained volunteer teachers.

2) providing scholarship support to people with financial hardship who wish to enroll in teacher training (including, but not limited to, teaching yoga to kids with special needs and teaching yoga to kids trainings), weekly classes, and summer camp at Circle Yoga.

3) serving as a model for other yoga studios in their efforts to develop meaningful programs that connect people in underserved communities with opportunities to practice yoga and mindfulness.

Highland Dwellings class Apr 2019
Through Circle Yoga Connects, volunteer teachers have offered weekly yoga classes through A Wider Circle at Highland Dwellings and Additions in Anacostia (students seen above) and at Solutions in Hometown Connections, an organization that works with immigrant and refugee families.
Beginning in March 2020, Circle Yoga Connects will provide weekly kids yoga classes at the Homeless Children's Playtime Project in Columbia Heights, and we expect to offer several other community classes beginning this spring.
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Share the gift of yoga.

IMPORTANT: To ensure that Circle Yoga Connects receives your gift, follow the link above, click the Donate button, and be sure to select Circle Yoga Connects from the menu under "Designation / Area of greatest need." Questions? Email info@circleyoga.com.

Circle Yoga Connects is a project of the Give Back Yoga Foundation, a not-for profit 501(c)(3). All contributions made to the Give Back Yoga Foundation in support of Circle Yoga Connects are tax deductible to the donor.