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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.

Practice with Purpose

Thanks to everyone who came out for a donation-based class on Friday, June 21 to support Circle Yoga Connects and the Give Back Yoga Foundation. We are just shy of reaching our fundraising goal of $1500. If you would like to make a donation, follow the link below to our team fundraising page.

Circle Yoga Connects will receive approximately 90% of your donation, and the remainder will support GBYF yoga service programs across the country and abroad.

What your support means

In 2018, for the first time ever, we asked Circle Yoga students and friends to contribute to our scholarship fund. You blew us away with $7,000 in gifts, making it possible for us to offer more than $12,000 in scholarships last year.

You inspired us to connect with the Give Back Yoga Foundation and create Circle Yoga Connects. This project will enable us to expand our outreach work and build our scholarship fund. It will also increase our impact, as Circle Yoga Connects will serve as a model for other yoga studios and teachers across the country. 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.

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Circle Yoga teachers volunteer to offer 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 refuguee families. Your support will help us continue to expand this outreach to other communities.
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Since its founding in 2003, Circle Yoga has provided scholarship support to students with financial hardship who want to take trainings and classes at the studio. We've also provided support for kids who want to come to Circle Yoga Summer Camp and teachers who want to learn to teach yoga and mindfulness to kids. 

Thank you for continuing to provide loving service to residents of the neighborhood. It has been special to see residents and instructors develop strong bonds over the past year plus. It really is a testament to the spirit that everyone at Circle Yoga has brought to each session.

Jacob S., A Wider Circle at Highland Dwellings and Additions in Anacostia

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.