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Yoga Gives is a community and a resource for those interested in being of service through yoga. Working together with non-profit partners focused on health, wellness and education, we produce yoga-related benefit classes and events that introduce a new audience to great causes, while also introducing the supporters of various non-profits to the practice and teachings of yoga. Its a win-win for both groups, resulting in shared interests in health and wellness, community building and activism around shared values.

Yoga Gives has produced classes for national and community based organizations, including Oxfam, The Child Mind Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Bent on Learning. The classes are a terrific fund-raising tool for organizations with small budgets, since the studios donate their space and teachers donate their time. Additionally, the depth and breadth of the Yoga Gives community increases awareness of a non-profit's mission without having to incur PR services or fees. Yoga Gives has been mentioned on Bloomberg.com, Hamptons Magazine, The New York Post and other websites and magazines. 

Yoga Gives is the brainchild of Amanda Taylor, a yoga teacher, mother, activist and journalist. Amanda is a graduate of Georgetown University and has a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia. Prior to founding Yoga Gives, Amanda was a television journalist at KTVU in San Francisco and later in New York, where she worked at ABC News. Today she writes for national magazines and websites, including Departures.comObserver.com, Hamptons Magazine, The Purist, Fit Pregnancy and Origin. Amanda serves on several non-profit boards, including Studio in a School, the Administrative Board of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Hospital for Special Surgery. 

A yoga practitioner for 20 years, Amanda has studied with Sharon Gannon and David Life, Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman, and Cyndi Lee. She graduated from the OM Yoga Teacher Training 200 hour program created by Cyndi Lee in 2008, received her 300 hour certification from Yoga Shanti in 2011, and her 300 hour certification from Jivamukti Yoga in 2014. She currently teaches at Earth Yoga NYC, New York Yoga and at Rodale Publishing, where she teaches and coaches senior executives. 

When not practicing or teaching yoga, Amanda is a mother to two young daughters who, along with her many gifted mentors in the yoga community, are her greatest teachers.