Health Thru Yoga is committed to the yogic practice of seva.
Seva are selfless acts of service.
the year Health Thru Yoga provides a variety of opportunities for students and teachers
to contribute their time, energy or other resources to helping others or to be
helped by others. We have provided details of past efforts to reach out
and help others below and we welcome new opportunities to directly help
individuals in need or through organizations who provide assistance. For
example, from a workshop on stress reduction offered as seva to the staff of
the Ward Home, Inc. in
Health Thru Yoga Community
Health Thru Yoga offers a scholarship program to provide financial assistance to students who are unable to afford yoga classes. The scholarship program was initiated by a student who was grateful for the contentment that yoga had provided and who wanted to express their gratitude for yoga by making it available to others who may not have been able to attend classes otherwise.
Students are invited to participate as sponsors or as recipients. Scholarships are offered to those with a demonstrated financial need for the duration of a session (ie spring, summer, fall, winter) and may be offered on the basis of full or partial tuition. Scholarships are provided as a gift to recipients who are willing to make a commitment to attend classes on a regular weekly basis during a session.
Sponsors - Students who have benefited from their yoga practice and who desire to help others experience yoga for the first time or maintain their practice during times of financial need can contribute funds to the program as scholarship sponsors.
Recipients - Students (including newcomers) who would like to begin or maintain a yoga practice but are challenged by financial circumstances may apply for full or partial scholarships.
Sponsors and recipients may remain fully anonymous to others.
Northside Common Ministries - Health Thru Yoga volunteers prepare and serve a healthy, appetizing and nutritionally balanced dinner to residents of this community shelter four times a year.
- During the Christmas holiday season, Health
Thru Yoga sponsors a family through the
Tags and Gift Bags - Health Thru Yoga volunteers recycle used Christmas cards and create holiday tags and gift bags which are sold during the holiday shopping season. Proceeds from the sale are donated to local charities. In past years, donations were made to the Northside Common Ministries and the National Aviary.
Health Thru Yoga teachers provide workshops and classes to non-profit organizations teaching yoga breathing, meditation, asanas (including seated poses using chairs), and relaxation as a means of stress reduction.
Women International - Health Thru Yoga sponsors
women in third world countries through Women for Women International.
Volunteers contribute the cost of subsistence living expenses to a designated
woman and her family while she receives training to become financially
self-supporting. The organization encourages an exchange of written
correspondence between the sponsored woman and her sponsors creating a personal
bond. To date, Health Thru Yoga has helped 4 women from the Republic of
We have provided help to those affected by natural disasters including the following:
providing school bags, supplies, and household items to an agency providing
relief to people in the
- donating money to Doctors without Borders following the tsunami which devastated southeast Asia a few years ago
- collected contributions, household items, and clothing for the Red Cross/Salvation Army relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina
- participated in the March of Dimes Walk-a-thon
- collected donations for local yoga students whose homes were damaged by devastating winds and storms
How do I participate?
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, donating your time to a project or if you want to recommend a scholarship recipient or an organization for a workshop, please contact Lesli by phone (412) 292-5167 or email email@example.com.