What Is Yoga?

and what on earth does it have to do with grant writing?
The Path of Yoga
“On this path no effort is wasted and there is no failure” ~Bhagavad Gita

Yoga is a spiritual practice that aims at liberation. It originated from the Saraswati and Indus River Valleys, in what is now known as India and Pakistan. Yoga is for everyone. Despite its popularity as a physical practice in the US, and many western nations, yoga is not a workout. Yoga is an eight-limbed practice that encompasses ethics, personal observances, postures (what most people think of when they think of “yoga”), control of the breath, withdrawal of the senses, concentration, meditation, and liberation. You can learn more about this practice on the Practice page.

Yoga Social Justice

Unfortunately, yoga is not always the panacea we’d like it to be. You can learn more about decolonization and non-appropriation of yoga, as well as abuse prevention, in the Advocacy section of this website.

In addition, yoga can be a valuable practice in supporting you in your role as a community change maker. There are many famous social justice figures who used yoga to support and guide them as they worked for change in their community, country, and the world — and so can you!

Technical Support & Nonprofit Financial Consulting

As much as we like to think of yoga as “ancient” and non-technological, the truth is that almost everyone uses technology, the Internet and social media to share their yoga practice and teaching and to build support for the social justice causes they believe in. In addition, most of use have also come up against the harsh reality that building a movement takes money. Not everyone can handle all of that themselves! That is why Yoga Wellspring, LLC also offers technical support, grant writing, and nonprofit financial consulting to the yoga community and nonprofit organizations. Please see the Technical Services page for more information or contact Bonnie. Email: hello@yogawellspring.com. Cell/Text: +1 541.788.0725

Note: If you are currently experiencing abuse (verbal, physical, psychological, sexual or other) by a yoga teacher, yoga studio or other spiritual community, and need help, please contact someone you can trust who is geographically close to you. General examples can include a friend, neighbor or family member. In the United States you might contact a licensed psychologist or social worker, Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, your county health department or even the police if you are in immediate danger of being harmed. Abusive yoga teachers, studios, and even entire methods of yoga, are a serious issue that needs to be brought into the light. In the meantime, keep yourself safe. In the United States, you can visit the RAINN.org website for resources and hotline numbers.

Important Disclaimer: Yoga is not intended to replace the care of a licensed health professional. Please check with, and get clearance from, a licensed health professional before practicing yoga.