Learning to give leads to transformation.

Do not stand on a high pedestal and take 5 cents in your hand and say, "here, my poor man", but be grateful that the poor man is there, so by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself.  It is not the receiver that is blessed, but it is the giver.  Be thankful that you are allowed to exercise your power of benevolence and mercy in the world, and thus become pure and perfect.” - Swami Vivekananda
Seva Project in Baltimore
The Wise Heart Community's Project - Days for Girls
Contact Sn Shambhavi for more info:  [email protected]
The Days for Girls project distributes washable and reusable feminine hygiene kits to young women in developing countries. Since many of these girls have to stay home from school or work during their monthly cycles for lack of sanitary supplies, the kits allow them to pursue their educations or work opportunities without interruption. Wise Heart's kits have been delivered to places across the globe, including Kenya, Tanzania, Haiti, Nepal, and Sierra Leone.
In 2016 over 500 kits were taken to the village girls surrounding the rural area of Deoghar, India. Thank you to all who helped make this possible! Through sew-a-thons and fundraising, we accomplished our goal!
Supplies for each kit cost approximately $8 and each kit requires 8 woman-hours of labor. If you would like to continue to support this project, please use the "donate" button below, indicating Days for Girls, and help these girls transform their lives.

(YANA provided $400 through the YANA Seva Initiative and an additional $1105 in donations from Atma Center students and staff where YANA is housed.)

Helping to Feed Others

Our annual online auction is our major fundraising event. But we don't just raise funds for the Yoga Academy of North America, we also donate 10% of our proceeds to the Heights Emergency Food Center and 10% to Sivananda Math in Rikhia, India to help feed children who come to the ashram daily for food.  Give and help us give more!
Seva at Orca House

YANA continues to support the seva project of yoga classes at the Orca House in Cleveland, providing recovery services for those suffering from addiction. 

Seva Initiative

A central tenet of Satyananda Yoga is selfless service (Seva) to others. The act of giving is a powerful tool for personal development.
Paramahansa Satyananda culminated a lifetime of intense yoga practice by taking personal responsibility for every villager in his vicinity.  He  proves that one person can make a profound difference in the lives of many. YANA encourages the Satyananda Yoga community to reach out to serve those in need. The YANA Seva Initiative will help you do just that.  Apply now.

"Seva is serving and helping others with compassion. Seva is not meeting your own aims, but offering that service as an offering in the yajna of life. Seva contains the best there is in you. When it is offered to another being and it contains your best thoughts and feelings, your love and affection, sympathy and compassion, then that action becomes a blessing in disguise to uplift another being."
                                    -Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

Seva - lend a helping hand

Volunteer Opportunities

Current volunteer opportunities with YANA include:
  • Help with our annual fundraising auction
  • Write an article for the newsletter
  • Sponsor an event
  • Make a donation
  • Offer feedback
  • Spread the word
  • Participate in committee work
If you are interested in volunteering please contact us via this form.
The Yoga Academy of North America is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Your donation is fully tax-deductable.  You will receive confirmation for tax purposes along with a big Thank You!