Manifesto + Mission

 

We believe in the power of yoga
and we believe in the generosity of people.

We are so certain that yoga works that we will allow each person decide what to give.

We believe that yoga should be available to all of the people,
regardless of cultural, political, or economic differences.

We believe that yoga unifies communities 
and it is through the acceptance of all people that we can be 
an example of real change.

We believe that your clothes don't make you better, 
neither does your car or your job, 

But the simple act of showing up completely 
in a place of acceptance makes your 
humanity shine brilliantly. 

MISSION

"Yellow Mat Yoga will empower radical personal and social change by supporting the physical, mental, emotional, and energetic well-being and well-doing of every breathing human. All of Us."

 

A Little Sunshine. A Big Difference. 

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Hello Friends,

In 2006, I looking for "an easy fitness class" to rehab my body from college sports when I took my first yoga class at a local gym. It's now my passion and most joyful work to teach and share the idea that with practice, you can do anything: Lose weight. Run a Marathon. Sleep Better. Wake up early. Be a Better Parent. Stand on your head. Start a business. Speak in public. Or change your life.

There are so many ways to define RICHNESS, but we often choose the most narrow of definitions using our bank account balance. Imagine the impact on our communities if we shifted, even slightly, our priorities from generating WEALTH to generating WELLNESS?

Yellow Mat is my answer to this.

Change can be challenging. It requires commitment. It require resilience. It will requires a belief that we are capable of change.

But—as we discover our inherent power to create change and shape our best lives through passion and discipline, and as we become willing to change ourselves for the better— we are able to create positive change around us.

May your time on the mat be powerful, positive, transformative and liberating. 

Hugs + Hive Fives,

Siha

 

FAQs

1. Why Yellow?

Yellow is the color of sunshine, hope, and happiness. Yellow stands for freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, honor, loyalty, and joy.

Studies show that the meaning of the color yellow can be warmth, cheerfulness, increased mental activity, increased muscle energy. The color yellow helps activate the memory, encourage communication, enhance vision, build confidence, and stimulate the nervous system. (source: BournCreative.com)

We heart the rich meaning and significance of this sunny hue. We hope it's the color you see behind your closed eyes on a sunny day. And we hope when this pop of color catches your eye from the corner of your room that you are inspired, even for a moment, to pause and breath -- that is an incredible commitment to practice. 

2. What kind of Yoga do you teach?

Yellow Mat Yoga, Movement, Meditation, and School of General Life Awesomeness empowers it's teachers to create practices and diverse and authentic as themselves. We offer a variety of asana practice styles you'd find at a typical yoga studio -- think creative flowing power vinyasa sequence, sweet restorative + yin, along with an occasional Kundalini pop-up. But, we consider Yoga + Meditation more of an applied science, than an exercise or wellness activity. Put more simply -- anything can be yoga, so long as we are consciously practicing the principles of yogic philosophy. Have an interesting practice idea? Let us know.

3. How does a pay-it-forward system work?

Our pay-it-forward system has three components:

  • Local community membership support our YM Community Queue, to provide low-cost memberships to those who are in need of Yoga. We reduce barriers to entry by requiring a simple email application, along with (4) hours of committed service at the studio or in their community.

  • Every month, teachers pay-forward their time, teaching public classes in order to “bank” paid studio time to hold workshops + teach yoga to their selected non-profit or under resourced populations.

  • We offer a variety of pay-it-forward practices to the local community. We suggest a $10-$20 class contribution from students that helps maintain the studio space, and create the opportunity for a teacher to provide paid service to a service organization, and donations directly to our sponsored non-profits. 

 

Our Teachers.

A Chiropractor. A Podcast Producer. A Mother. A Mental Healthcare Professional. A Marketing Executive. We pride ourselves on being a diverse, dedicated group of students who have found the Practice truly does make Possible.


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ROBYN POWER

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Yellow, Matters.

“We teach yoga, so we can provide it to those who need it most, and support teachers who choose to serve.

[...] For every hour of private yoga we teach, we will donate one hour of paid yoga service to local non-profits. This helps support yoga teachers who choose to serve. Also, our gently used yellow mats are donated to the non-profits to encourage students to continue their practice. It is my sincere hope that Yellow Mat Yoga will become a beacon of joy, happiness, and optimism for those who it serves, and powerful proof that service-based business can create tremendous change.”

- 1st Yellow Mat Email, dated April 16th, 2016

WHAT IS DANA?

Dāna is the Pali and Sanskrit word for generosity. Each month, our teachers offer a variety of asana, meditation, and breathing practices. Their teaching is given freely, without the burden of debt or obligation. In return, Yellow Mat creates studio time + helps raise support for teachers to give back to the organizations + populations that resonate with them. This gift makes it possible for that teacher to share the same tools with communities in need of connection. Students are invited to express their appreciation by making a freely offered gift in return for the teachers’ generosity. There is no correct or expected sum to be donated; the amount depends entirely on your ability and willingness to give. Such an offering is called dāna.


Current Service Organizations

Are you a local non-profit or service organization interested in partnering with Yellow Mat? Email us here

Service Population: Veterans

Service Population: Veterans

Service Population: Refugees

Service Population: Refugees

Service Population: Kids + Teens

Service Population: Kids + Teens