Iyengar Yoga Detroit Collective

is creating Solidarity Fund for Yoga Equity
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1 complementary Community Gift class each month

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1 complementary Community Gift class each month

Complementary Annual Membership, with t-shirt

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2 complementary Community Gift classes each month

Complementary Annual Membership, with 2 t-shirts

1 complementary Art, Science, and Philosophy Asana/Pranayama workshop each year

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$175

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About Iyengar Yoga Detroit Collective

Iyengar Yoga Detroit Collective promotes self-awareness, in order to build a more just, discerning, and compassionate society. We embrace Iyengar Yoga as a tool for healing and collective liberation, by providing high quality, affordable classes that welcome all bodies. We practice cooperative economics to align our values with the ethics of yoga.

IYDC Fall 2019 Solidarity Fund for Yoga Equity: LET'S RAISE $5000!


“Yoga is primarily for individual growth, but through the individual, society and community develop.” ~ BKS Iyengar

“The only way to survive is by taking care of one another.” ~ Grace Lee Boggs

IYDC is unique in the yoga world:
  • 1/3 of our classes are “Community Gift,” sliding-scale, donation-based classes, so that anyone can attend regardless of financial capacity.
  • Our classes are among the least expensive Iyengar Yoga classes offered anywhere.
  • 4/5 of our teachers are persons of color, in an industry where POC are vastly under-represented.
  • We are located in a working class, multi-racial neighborhood, in a city that is over 80% Black.
  • We operate as a cooperative, redirect all our profit back into the community, and make decisions collectively and by consensus.

Many eyes are on us, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, as a model for how Iyengar Yoga, and yoga in general, can be made far more accessible. We are a departure from the capitalist, for-profit, sole proprietorship model that dominates the yoga world.

We need your support to stay vital and healthy.

In order to provide yoga equitably, we rely on those who can give to donate to our cause. Help us bring health and healing to our community by making a monthly or annual gift. It is an unfortunate fact that many who could benefit from yoga all too often cannot afford it. This could include those with back pain, neck pain, or knee pain; those experiencing trauma and stress, often for generations; those with young children or others they care for; and those who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or underpaid.

We seek funds for a paid, 2-year Yoga Apprentice Program, to support and train up to 3 apprentices each year to begin the comprehensive training required to become a CIYT (Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher). We are actively building a teaching community which reflects our neighborhood and our city. We especially seek Black and Indigenous People of Color, those who identify as LGBTQIA, and low income individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford the training.

IYDC Solidarity Fund also includes our Community Gift Program, which offers 15 donation-based, sliding-scale classes each month: Black and Brown Yoga, Yoga for Uterine Health, Yoga for Emotional Health, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga Philosophy.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 each year to support our vision for yoga equity. We have a pledge from Yoga Anywhere Fund in New York, NY for $5000 which would cover 1 year of the Community Gift Program! We are seeking a $5000 match to cover the Yoga Apprentice Fund. Can we do it? Please give generously.

MONTHLY GIVING BENEFITS
  • $5/month
    • 1 Community Gift class/month
  • $10/month
    •  1 Community Gift class/month
    • Annual membership, with t-shirt
  • $20/month
    • 2 Community Gift classes/month
    • Annual membership, with 2 t-shirts
    • 2 Art, Science, and Philosophy Āsana/Prāṇāyāma workshops/year
  • $30/month
    • 3 Community Gift classes/month
    • Annual membership, with 2 t-shirts
    • 3 Art, Science, and Philosophy Āsana/Prāṇāyāma workshops/year
  • $40/month 
    • 4 Community Gift classes/month
    • Annual membership, with 2 t-shirts
    • 4 Art, Science, and Philosophy Āsana/Prāṇāyāma workshops/year
  • $50/month
    • 6 Community Gift classes/month
    • Annual membership, with 2 t-shirts
    • 4 Art, Science, and Philosophy Āsana/Prāṇāyāma workshops/year
Give monthly at our Patreon page, or PayPal [email protected] to give a one-time gift.

Together, we can make Iyengar Yoga equitable in Detroit.
Goals
$175 of $300 per month
We will hire our second Yoga Apprentice!
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