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Yoga Gives Back announces Global Gala with Namaste Award for founder Christy Turlington Burns

Announcing the YGB Annual Global Gala, celebrating Namaste Award 2022 winner Christy Turlington Banks.

2022 YGB Ambassadors Announced: Jane Hellman, Michelle El Khoury, Kia Miller, and Harmony Slater

Previous YGB Namaste Award winners: Dr. Muhammad Yunus 2021, Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman 2020, Melissa Burton and The Bad Project 2019, Primal Shah 2018, Alanis Morissette 2017, David Lynch 2016, and Malaika Chopra 2015.

A day of Inspiration, Mindfulness and Yoga to raise funds to support more than 2,400 women and children through the Yoga Gives Back Empowerment Program in India

LOS ANGELES, CA, US, September 29, 2022 / – Yoga Gives Back (YGB) is pleased to announce its annual Global Gala, which will take place almost all day on Saturday 12 November 2022. The YGB Annual Global Gala is an event like no other. It provides a global virtual community with the opportunity to come together for a day of inspiration, mindfulness and yoga to raise funds that support more than 2,400 women and children through YGB’s Empowerment Programs in India.

The highlight event of YGB’s annual global gala is the “Namaste Award Show” by Christy Turlington Burns, founder and president of Every Mother Counts. She began her work in maternal health after experiencing childbirth-related complications in 2003 – an experience that would later inspire her to direct and produce the feature documentary, No Woman, No Cry, about the challenges women face throughout pregnancy and childbirth around the world. Under Christie’s leadership, Every Mother Matters has invested more than $25 million in programs in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the United States focused on making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. As a longtime yogi, Kristi continues to inspire us to make a difference in the world.

The YGB Namaste Award is a tribute to the visionaries who inspire the global yoga community and beyond with their vision. In addition, these individuals have committed to humanitarian causes to make this world a better place.

“We are really proud to honor Christy Turlington Burns as the 2022 YGB Namaste Prize Laureate, for her advocacy of human rights, especially maternal health globally,” said Kyoko Mitsumatsu, founder and CEO of YGB.

Other featured events of the YGB Annual Global Gala include: a live chat with YGB-funded students in India, a global relay of ‘108 Sun Salutations’ with YGB ambassadors leading sessions from around the world, meditation, prayer practices and yoga nidra, and a conference Special about “Birth Post-Yoga”.

The ceremony will also honor Ambassadors of the Year, honoring four teachers who have demonstrated a commitment to supporting the YGB mission throughout the year in diverse and impactful ways, and bringing their communities together to advance the YGB mission: YGB Ambassadors Jane Hillman, Michelle El Khoury, Kia Miller and Harmony Slater.

The popular annual Silent Online Auction to celebrate this party is set to launch on the 1st of November.

For those interested in attending YGB’s annual fundraising event, registration will open soon. Additionally, sponsorships are available for event opportunities. For those interested in supporting the cause of Yoga Givesback, please contact Concert details will continue to be updated on their website.

Previous Namaste Prize Winners:
Mallika Chopra, 2015
David Lynch, 2016
Alanis Morissette, 2017
Primal Shah, 2018
Melissa Burton and The Bad Project, 2019
Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman, 2020
Dr. Muhammad Yunus 2021

Yoga Gives Back (YGB) celebrates 15 years of impacting the empowerment of women and girls in India by providing education and economic opportunities for a better future. YGB is a grassroots, non-profit organization founded by Kayoko Mitsumasu in Los Angeles in 2006. Today, 150 yoga teachers and leaders are known as YGB Ambassadors who share its mission and raise funds within their communities. YGB works closely with non-governmental organization (NGO) partners in Karnataka and West Bengal, India, to implement and develop its programs. Donations empower women and children with access to basic education, higher education scholarships, small business loans, and the ultimate opportunity to change their lives and their villages.

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