In yoga, there are certain philosophies called the Yamas and Niyamas that represent yogic ethics or guidelines on how to live a righteous life. These philosophies promote non-harming in thought, word, and deed. Part of these philosophies is to give back to others, your community, and the world at large. Today, Yoga4Good goes over the best yoga mat companies that give back and what you should know about them.
Yoga Brands That Give Back
We give back in two ways: through direct donations and yoga. We support our community and a local San Diego, CA organization called Center for Community Solutions (CCS). A portion of every yoga mat sale we make goes to CCS to help sexual assault and sexual violence victims.
Additionally, we provide discounted as well as free private yoga sessions to anyone who could otherwise not afford it through our #giveback program. Get in touch with us online today to learn more.
JadeYoga believes in giving back to the earth and its community through its Giving Programs. They do this in the following ways:
- Buy a mat, plant a tree program
JadeYoga plants a tree for every mat sold. Through this program, the brand has planted over 1 million trees.
- Color causes
The company also donates $5 from each mat of a specific color to a certain cause. These causes include ovarian cancer causes, breast cancer charities, and autism causes.
Wolven Threads creates beautiful sustainable yoga clothing that gives back. The company donates 5% of its proceeds to at-risk and incarcerated youth.
ReUnify Yoga is a locally owned San Diego, CA company based out of Ocean Beach with big heart community vibes. The yoga studio offers various Seva Programs, including the following:
- Seva membership
This membership allows members to donate $3 to their studio membership per month. These donations are collected each quarter and then donate to a non-profit. These non-profits include the San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition, Border Angels, Groundswell Community Project, WATER4LIFE GLOBAL, and more.
- Seva scholarship
The reUnify Yoga Seva Scholarship is community-funded tuition for a yoga teacher training program gifted to a community member who is experiencing financial stressors but would like to go through their yoga teacher training program. This scholarship to open all, but submissions from the BIPOC (Black, indigenous, person of color) community are prioritized.
YogaGivesBack (YGB) helps underserved women in India gain access to education, support, and much more. The company's goal is to reach #OneMillionYogis to create an impact and empower more lives.
Today, YGB’s “Sister Aid” program provides micro-loans to 550 mothers and primary education to 600 young girls and abandoned children. The company's “SHE (Scholarship for Higher Education)” program offers 400 disadvantaged youths in Karnataka and West Bengal an opportunity to obtain college degrees.
The Give Back Yoga Foundation
The Give Back Yoga Foundation believes everyone should be able to practice yoga. The company helps yoga teachers, health workers, and charitable organizations teach yoga to people in need, including veterans, prisoners, and individuals facing mental and physical illnesses. The company also works with community partners to increase yoga access for populations faced with system bias and prejudice.
Do you have a favorite yoga brand that gives back? Get in touch with us to let us know.