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Yoga Alliance Foundation

aka YOGA ALLIANCE FOUNDATION   |   Arlington, VA   |  https://www.yogaalliance.org/foundation

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Mission

Yoga Alliance Foundation leverages yoga for social impact, and fosters an expansive, accessible, and equitable yoga community. It supports work in the following areas: • Broadening access to yoga’s healing potential • Fostering greater equity and more diverse representation within the yoga community • Expanding educational, service, and economic opportunities for yoga teachers

Ruling year info

1992

President & CEO

Shannon E Roche

Main address

4201 Wilson Blvd Suite 600

Arlington, VA 22203 USA

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EIN

94-3079524

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Historically marginalized communities bear a disproportionate burden of stress, trauma, and physical and mental health challenges due to systemic discrimination and underinvestment. These difficulties may be compounded by limited economic opportunity, insufficient health care access, weak transportation and technological infrastructure, and under-resourced educational institutions. The COVID-19 pandemic showcased and aggravated these inequities. Yoga is an accessible, low-cost, proven tool for reducing stress, managing trauma, and improving physical and mental health. In communities with inadequate health and social services, yoga can fill a critical gap: it increases individuals’ capacity to manage stress, regulate their emotions, and reduce negative health impacts. It also presents economic opportunity for prospective teachers, especially as the practice grows in popularity and increasing numbers of institutions seek to integrate yoga into their services.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Yoga for Community Care

Financial and professional support and community connections for yoga teachers in historically marginalized communities.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
LGBTQ people
Immigrants and migrants

Cross-sector collaborations that offer yoga to youth for physical and emotional well-being

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Strategic partnerships that expand access to yoga for those who have experienced traumatic crises

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups
Refugees and displaced people
Victims and oppressed people

Innovative, science-based tools to demonstrate yoga’s impact on whole-person health

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Children and youth
Incarcerated people
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of health outcomes improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Refugees and displaced people, Economically disadvantaged people, People with disabilities, LGBTQ people, Indigenous peoples

Related Program

Amplifying the Power of Yoga

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Statistically significant improvements in: perceived stress; overall mental health; overall physical health; sleep & energy levels; anxiety; emotional problems; social activities & relationships.

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Indigenous peoples, People of African descent, People of Latin American descent, People of Asian descent

Related Program

Yoga for Community Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2021 we contributed to Breathe for Justice, a yoga & mindfulness teacher training program for BIPOC youth. Based on our contribution relative to program cost, we supported ~10 participants.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Yoga for Community Care

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of members from priority population attending training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, People of African descent, Indigenous peoples, People of Latin American descent, People of Asian descent

Related Program

Yoga for Community Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2021 Yoga Alliance Foundation contributed to Awakening Yoga Spaces, a scholarship program for BIPOC yoga teacher trainees.

Number of free registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Yoga for Community Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Yoga for Community Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Notes: 1. 2022 shows total number of participants over 3 programs, but some participants engaged in multiple programs. 2. Due to strategic changes we may stop tracking this metric in the future.

Number of collaborating organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants, Incarcerated people, Victims and oppressed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Organizations working with YA in partnership on initiatives or collaborating with YA towards shared goals.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Through collaboration, investment, and advocacy, Yoga Alliance Foundation helps bring yoga to more spaces and communities—making the practice accessible to everyone, regardless of their resources or life circumstances, for greater collective health and wellbeing.

We leverage yoga for social impact and foster a more expansive, accessible, and equitable yoga community.

We concentrate our efforts and resources on individuals and communities who face barriers to accessing yoga and who have experienced marginalization. We focus on current / prospective yoga teachers and practitioners who face economic, geographic, or cultural barriers to yoga classes or teacher training, and on those who have experienced discrimination and exclusion in yoga settings.

Our two approaches are: investment in change-makers who expand access to the practice; and partnership with other sectors and social programs seeking to integrate yoga into their work.

We invest in change-makers by providing funding, community connection, and business-building support to yoga professionals who come from and share the practice with historically marginalized communities.

We use our infrastructure and networks to amplify and scale this work—while maintaining a community-centered approach and long-term visioning.

We provide accessible, science-based tools to measure yoga’s impact on health and wellbeing.

We partner with leaders from other sectors to sustainably integrate yoga into their core services, using impact data to demonstrate yoga’s high return on investment.

We fill a unique role within the landscape of yoga social impact organizations. There are many yoga outreach initiatives led by individuals or small organizations; Yoga Alliance Foundation complements these efforts as a connector and amplifier, simultaneously investing in grassroots-level action, and advocating for systems change. We also reach beyond the yoga community, forging relationships with other institutions. We weave these networks together to drive community-driven change and embed it into policy and systems for long-term impact.

We have been using yoga to address systemic health inequities on three levels:
(1) We invest in the yoga professional pipeline by financing scholarships for economically disadvantaged BIPOC teacher trainees. In 2021-2022 we contributed $125,000 to community-based programs supporting 100+ BIPOC trainees.
(2) As part of our pandemic response, we invested to sustain yoga in historically marginalized communities – taught by community members. From 2021-2023 we made small grants totaling $225,000 (plus business support services) to 125 teachers, who shared the practice with ~5,500 people in historically marginalized communities.
(3) We collaborate with other sectors (e.g., education, social services, health care) seeking to deepen their impact with yoga. These partnerships can expand the market for yoga teachers, increasing economic opportunity while improving community health and wellbeing.

Our organization has contributed to greater diversity in yoga, improved physical and mental health among those who have experienced trauma and marginalization, increased economic potential for yoga professionals from historically marginalized communities, and a growing support network of yoga professionals who have experienced exclusion.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Yoga Alliance Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jo-Ann Bance

Marion "Mugs" McConnell

Shannon Roche

Swami Asokananda

Terri McDermott

Chandana Achanta

Kristoffer Carter

Lucia Pham-Sinclair

Marsha Banks-Harold

Nisha Devi Rodrigo

Siddharth Kulkarni

Yoshi Aono

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/8/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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