YCM in the Community

YCM In the Community

The Karma Yoga Fund helps make yoga available for those in the Twin Cities who would not otherwise have access to it. Through Yoga Study Karma Projects and free classes (or private sessions) for the chronic and terminally ill, we hope to spread health and hope to those in need.

Funds are raised through our Friday night donation classes at St. Louis Park (all are welcome to attend), as well as donations from the general public*. Attend the 6pm Friday night Hatha Donation class ($5 minimum donation) or give what you are able to support our efforts to provide classes to those in the community with cancer, aids, and other life-threatening or chronic conditions, who because of economic circumstances could not otherwise afford yoga instruction.

Yoga Center Minneapolis is dedicated to supporting community give-back opportunities. Our teacher trainees have been in the community offering free classes to various social organizations. If you would like to make a donation to one of these worthy causes, please click on the organization link:

Wilderness Inquiry. Wilderness Inquiry (WI) is a non-profit adventure travel organization on a mission of connecting everyone to great places through activities such as sea kayaking, canoeing, rafting, hiking, safaris and dogsledding. Our adventures take you all over the world, from the Mississippi River to East Africa on high quality experiences “We believe there is nothing like being there to fully appreciate the environment and the people we share it with.

Women of Nations. Women of Nations (WON) serves Native American women victimized by domestic violence through assisting them in obtaining Orders for Protection and advocating on their behalf with law enforcement, judicial and social service systems, and other entities as needed. In 2014, Women of Nations provides supportive services including crisis intervention, advocacy, and shelter for Native American and other battered women and educates the public on domestic violence issues.

The Bridge for Youth. The Bridge is a safe and welcoming place for youth ages 10-17 in the Twin Cities who have no one to turn to, nowhere to go. With a dedicated staff and strong support from the community, we help hundreds of youth get off the street, into safe shelter, and on to a better life. Our welcoming, residential setting is unique among programs for runaway and homeless youth, providing services at no charge, 24/7/365.

YouthLink. YouthLink builds healthy relationships with youth and the community to address youths’ urgent needs so that doors of opportunity are opened to futures of empowerment, connectedness, and self-reliance. They serve as a critical resource for homeless, precariously housed and marginalized young people ages 16 to 23 by providing a safe, supportive refuge where youth can find help meeting basic needs.

YogaBear. YCM donates classes through YogaBear, a community of cancer survivors, yogis, health professionals, and volunteers across the nation. By partnering with local yoga studios, YogaBear matches cancer survivors with yoga classes in their community free of charge to provide participants with comfortable surroundings and healthy activity to promote quality of life and survivorship. If you’re a post-treatment cancer survivor interested in receiving free yoga classes at YCM, please visit the YogaBear website and fill out the Yoga Bear Participation Form. To financially support the Yoga Bear program, attend our 6pm Friday night Hatha Donation Class at the SLP Studio. (Donations go to Yoga Bear and trainee karma projects.)

Teacher Trainee (Yoga Study) Karma Projects
Since its inception in 2001, YCM’s Teacher Training program has incorporated a Karma Yoga component in to its curriculum. Near the end of their training, Yoga Study students are asked to give back to the community by planning and running a community outreach event for a population that would not otherwise have access to yoga.

If you work for a non-profit or group that is interested in working with us, please send us an email at info@yogacentermpls.com. To financially support these projects (with yoga props, etc), please attend a 6pm Hatha Donation class Fridays at the SLP Studio, or make a donation to the studio.

*The Karma Yoga Program is not yet a 501(c)3, so donations are currently not tax deductible, but still greatly appreciated. Look for our non-profit status in the future!