Kulula is a low-cost South-African airline that doesn't take itself too seriously [via Mary Calhoun]

An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a "Thanks for flying our airline". He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. 

Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane. She said,

"Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?"
"Why, no Ma'am," said the pilot. "What is it?"
The little old lady said,
"Did we land, or were we shot down?"

My Quest For Beauty

My Quest for Beauty The word “symbol” comes from two Greek words syn and ballein meaning to “draw together.” The antonym of “symbolic”…is “diabolic.” This word comes from the Greek dia plus ballein, and means to “tear apart, to confuse, to throw into discord.” —Rolly May, My Quest for Beauty


It is our inward journey that leads us through time—forward or back, seldom in a straight line, most often spiraling. Each of us is moving, changing, with respect to others. As we discover, we remember; remembering, we discover; and most intensely do we experience this when our separate journeys converge. Our living experience at those meeting points is one of charged dramatic fields of action.

I’m prepared now to use the wonderful word confluence, which of itself exists as a reality and a symbol in one. It is the only kind of symbol that for me as a writer has any weight, testifying to the pattern, one of the chief patterns, of human experience.—

Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings

Airport Security [via Rochel Albert]

Gotta Love Israeli Ingenuity!

TEL AVIV, Israel The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners. It's an armored booth you step into that will not
X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have
on your person.

Israel sees this as a win-win situation for everyone, with none of this crap about racial profiling. It will also eliminate the costs of long and expensive trials.

You're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter, an announcement: Attention to all standby passengers, El Al is proud to announce a seat available on flight 670 to London . Shalom!


Best Dog Ever. Dog Guards Owner's Bike! [via Nina Reznick]

One loyal dog from China is hopefully getting a pimped-out new ride thanks to a generous blogger who set up a fundraising site for the pooch, a Golden Retriever named Li Li, well-known in her hometown of Nanning for guarding and riding on the back of her owner's bike.

Inner Peace: This is so true [via David Adashek}

If you can start the day without caffeine,

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food every  day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without alcohol, 

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

...Then You Are Probably

The Family Dog!

Yoga Gives Back E Newsletter

E Newsletter - September 2012

Yoga Gives Back
For the cost of one yoga class, you can change a life.

Success Story: YGB directly funds 103 women and children!!!
Yoga Gives Back receives bi-monthly reports from our partner organizations, D Trust Home in Karnatka and Nishtha in West Bengal. Enjoy these updates and know how your support is making a big difference in each of 103 fund recipients’ lives.
D Trust Home, Karnataka, South India
Photo of drawingPhoto of drawingPhoto of drawing
We received ten cute greeting cards drawn by each one of our fund recipient at D Home. They are all doing great and here are some of the updates of these children.
Photo of MayaMaya is a cheerful and soft-spoken five-year-old girl. Her father was a chronic alcoholic with three wives and died when she was a baby. Her mother was rescued at the shelter and finally agreed to leave her and her brother at D home. They are both doing great at this home.

Photo of PradhiPradhi is ten years old, from a very poor family. Her parents died six years ago and her relatives could not look after her and her sister. She enjoys learning Bharatanatyam dancing. Both sisters are doing well at this home.

Nari MothersNISHTHA: Tripuranagar Village, West Bengal
YGB is funding three groups, total of 44 mothers and 44 daughters in this region this year. Our local partner NISHTHA holds monthly meetings with each group throughout the year. From April to June, they held meetings to discuss “General Health”, “Leadership” and “New Loans”. This summer has been the worst in West Bengal in many ways. The temperature remained around 102 degrees (39
) with humidity averaging above 80%, without single drop of rain for more than a month. Many water sources dried up which left the villagers with no other option but to go for the contaminated water of almost dried up ponds and tanks. This resulted many more cases of water borne diseases this summer.

Nari Girls“Shakti Samya” is the first group YGB has offered micro loans last year, to 22 mothers. As of June, total of the group’s income rose 5 times, from 2,950 to 15,850 Rupees!! 8 women have already received second cycle of loans, average 3750 rupees per person. NISHTHA’s social workers are guiding the rest of the group to repay the fund fully soon and get the second loan.
Two new groups, 22 mothers in total, have received their first loans, and we will report to you how they are doing in the next letter!!! We are also very pleased to report that all 44 fund recipient girls are attending school fully in addition to receiving necessary personal tutoring by NISHTHA social workers.

Upcoming Events:
"Thank You Mother India"
Over 100 events in 14 countries already signed up for this global campaign this September!! This is twice as many events as last year and we hope to reach to the goal of raising $ 50,000 with you all.
If you have not joined in this event yet, please just host one class to make a difference together!! Register here.
Take part in a class near you!
Yoga Magazine LogoAlso check Yoga Magazine’s global map for events listing.

“Special Malibu Fundraiser” - Saturday, Sep 29th, 6-9pm
ResidenceDr. Amarjit Marwah is generously hosting a special fundraiser at his home to celebrate “Thank You Mother India” global campaign. Indian theme evening will have Indian dinner, wine, Odissi dancers, live music, silent auction and YGB video presentation. Surprise guests to speak! Gift bags for all.
Spaces are limited, purchase tickets now! Tickets price $75 before September 15th.

Thank you for all the sponsors to make these exciting events possible!!

National Yoga MonthYGB supports National Yoga Month with these events worldwide!!

Welcome YGB Ambassadors
We are delighted and honored to have these talented teachers to join our team!!
Photo of Kathryn BudigKathryn Budig

“I support YGB because I think love is the goal of life. Being a yoga teacher gives me the opportunity to do what I love and give back at the same time.”
---Thanks for your great classes at Stella McCartney Beverly Hills!

Photo of Jennifer BuergermeisterJennifer Buergermeister, Jenny Yoga Studios, Houston, Texas

“What a gift to society when we show anything is possible where resources present themselves. It brings great joy to my heart to witness people supporting each other to bring forth change in our world.”
---Jennifer’s One Yoga USA is hosting Dallas Yoga and Music Festival, Sep 14-16. Dallas Yoga +Music Fest. Also hosting “Thank You Mother India” at Jenny Yoga in Houston, Sep 29th.

Photo of Margaret TownsendMargaret Townsend, River’s Edge Studio, Alexandria, Virginia

----Hosting “Thank You Mother India” Vinyasa Flow, 11am, Sat, Sep 29th

Yoga Magazine CoverYoga Magazine, September Issue puts YGB on the cover and a feature article “Is your Yoga working” by Leslie Hendry about “Thank You Mother India” global event.
DiaforLife ”Interview with Social Entrepreneur Kayoko Mitsumatsu, founder of Yoga Gives Back”
Martha Stewart Living Radio, Aug 24th, “Life coaching with Sophie” YGB Amabssador Sophie Herbert interviews YGB Founder Kayoko

New Partners
Thank you for these new creative sponsors, also donating for “Thank You Mother India” events!!

BraceletPriti Jewels --- The Priti Jewels is offering 50% of proceeds from its original Yoga Gives Back mala bracelets series - many varieties of jade and turquoise. Also, 40 % of proceeds from the Priti Stiles Budda Bracelet, co-designed with Tara Stiles is donated for YGB.

Dharma Smart --- DharmaSmart.com is a new online store that caters to the yoga community. The company has designed a special cuff bracelet for yoga practitioners to wear in support of the work that Yoga Gives Back is doing. For each cuff priced at $25, $10 is donated to Yoga Gives Back.

Thank you for these past events, making a difference one class at a time!!
Zico EventYoga
Special donation class by Chaz Russ
Sunday, July 1, 2012, 9:30-10:30am@ lululemon, Calabasas
Sponsored by Lululemon and Zico Coconut Water

Zico StandHandstand
Stella McCartney’s Special Fundraiser #2 with Kathryn Budig
Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 10:00am-noon @Stella McCartney, Beverly Hills
Sponsored by Stella McCartney, Ann Gentry of Real Food Daily, Zico and Beyond Yoga

Exciting News
Morgan Stanley selects YGB for its Corporate Matching Program!!
---Morgan Stanley’s employees who contribute through the Annual Appeal are eligible to receive up to $4,000 in matched corporate funds that they can direct to U.S. charities. Please invite your friends at Morgan Stanley worldwide to support YGB!!!

Picture of two womenAward
Live Your Legacy Summit
--- Aurea McGarry’s annual event awards YGB founder Kayoko Mitsumatsu as this year’s honoree. Visit YGB booth at Hilton Atlanta NE, Sep 10th, 9am-3pm.

Yoga Gives Back is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.

Questions, comments, want to get involved?
Email info@yogagivesback.org.