The Yoga by Design Foundation transforms lives through the healing practices of yoga, mindfulness and meditation, empowering underserved individuals and populations to live to their highest potential.

YBDF provides yoga, mindfulness, and meditation (YMM) practice — at no cost — to a variety of recipients, including persons with cancer, physical and mental disabilities, at-risk youth, homeless young adults, incarcerated young men, and veterans healing from sexual abuse and PTSD, and others.


Please join us in offering these healing practices to those who truly need, but cannot afford to participate in them!

YBDF Impact: Newest Programs

Mott Middle College
Genessee Intermediate School District

YBDF has been funding a program for middle schoolers at Mott Middle College since February, 2019.

Fortunately, since this picture was taken, the program was able to acquire a mat for each participant.

Madison Schools

YBDF partners with the St. Clair Butterfly Foundation to provide weekly yoga classes for students at Wilkinson Middle School and Madison Elementary School in Madison Heights. The YBDF program has supported community growth and an overall supportive environment.


Beginning in July 2018, YBDF has supported Vista Maria, in their mission to deliver innovative care, support, treatment and education to vulnerable youth, so that they heal, believe in their worth, and build the skills needed to succeed. Yoga practice gives youth the tools they need to thrive.

Yoga means a lot to me. It’s something I can barely put into words. It helps me focus and concentrate on myself. Yoga helps as a coping skill to maintain my anger management and that’s all I could ask for.
— Toriana

Support YBDF at Upcoming Events

Join YBDF for a Workshop or Fundraiser Class

This year, YBDF is hosting a series of Workshops. Sabrina Atto will instruct our first workshop, Transcending Anxiety:

 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Zen Movement Studio
799 Industrial Ct.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Cost: $25 per ticket, $40 for a pair
Due to Sabrina & Zen Movement Studio’s generosity, all proceeds benefit YBDF Programs!

Interested Individuals May Host a Fundraiser at Any Time!



YBDF is seeking: 

Sponsors    •    Vendors    •    Volunteers    •    Prizes


Prison Yoga Project Training

Why offer yoga and mindfulness in prisons and jails? What do you need to know to do that most effectively? How can you get involved?

This training answers these questions by diving deep into Prison Yoga Project’s (PYP's) mission, philosophy, and methodology. You’ll learn how yoga and mindfulness contribute to Restorative Justice and effective rehabilitation. PYP's unique approach to trauma-informed, mindfulness-based yoga is specifically tailored to maximize the healing benefits for symptoms of trauma and other common issues of incarcerated people.

Mar 29 - Mar 31, 2019
Facilitated by Bill Brown, PYP Program Director
Cost: $375 - a portion of proceeds benefit YBDF Prison Yoga programs.

Hosted by Red Lotus Yoga
1900 S. Livernois St.
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Learn More.

Register for the Training.