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As you look forward to Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga, consider contributing to some of our favorite NYC yoga-related charities. A donation equal to the amount you would normally pay for a yoga class would be wonderful, since the Solstice yoga classes are all free.

Bent on Learning

Since 2001, BENT ON LEARNING has been teaching yoga to children in New York City public schools -- during the school day -- and giving kids the tools they need to be healthier, happier and better prepared for academic and personal success.   They serve 3,500 students every week, (20,000 kids to date!), and strive to reach as many students as possible. Please support them in educating our children in body, mind and heart.  Click here to donate.  

Exhale to Inhale

Since 2013 EXHALE TO INHALE has been bringing the healing and grounding tools of yoga to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Exhale to Inhale’s trauma-trained yoga teachers visit over a dozen domestic violence shelters and community centers each week. They bring free yoga to women who might not otherwise have access. This young organization is growing rapidly and can use your support to reach their goal of bringing yoga to 1,000 survivors this year.  Click here to donate.  

Urban Zen

Since 2009, the URBAN ZEN INTEGRATIVE THERAPY PROGRAM has been teaching doctors, nurses, allied health care professionals and yoga teachers how to integrate the eastern healing modalities of yoga therapy, Reiki, essential oil therapy, contemplative end-of-life care and nutrition. To date, there have been more than 21,000 documented UZIT sessions which have supported patients and their caregivers bedside in hospitals, in outpatient clinical settings and in-home care. Your support will continue to grow the UZIT Program to hospitals and clinics nationwide.  Click here to donate.  

Liberation Prison Yoga

Liberation Prison Yoga founded in 2014, brings yoga, meditation and mindfulness programs to prisons and jails in and around New York. With 30 weekly classes in city jails, federal and state prisons, their team of 25 teachers brings trauma-conscious yoga to incarcerated women, men and youth, as well as correctional staff, and to the formerly incarcerated in 3 Re-Entry classes. The "sweetness of their program" as one student called it, has allowed their clients to use yoga for healing from addiction, physical and mental challenges, and helps them stay out upon release. Click here to donate.