Yogathon Benefits Underserved Populations in Metro Detroit

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Yoga By Design Foundation will host an all-day Yogathon at Karma Yoga in Bloomfield Hills on Sunday, Sept. 14 from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All proceeds will help provide yoga programs for underserved populations and students who could most benefit from yoga, but have no access to affordable programs. A $20 per class minimum donation is appreciated. Participants can register online at or drop-in (on a space-available basis).

Class Schedule at Karma Yoga  (3683 W Maple, at Maple & Lahser Roads):

6:30 - 8:00 AM  Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of K. Pattabhi Jois

8:15 - 9:30 AM  Yoga Fusion

9:45 - 11:00 AM  Kundalini Yoga

11:15 AM- 12:15 PM  Magical Mystical Flow

12:30 - 1:45 PM  Stoke the Fires of Digestion & Passion

2:00 - 3:00 PM  Nia - Guide the Body to Heal through Movement

3:15 – 4:30 PM Gentle Karma 

4:45 – 6:00 PM  Gong Immersion

Yoga By Design Foundation is the first organization of its kind in the nation to raise money for the purpose of providing yoga at no cost to a variety of recipients, including Metro Detroiters with Downs Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, cancer, physical and mental disabilities, as well as veterans, homeless and children who have suffered abuse and neglect. 

“People under stress from poverty, illness and other life circumstances can use yoga for coping, healing and, ultimately, empowerment,” says Lynn Medow, founder and president of Yoga by Design Foundation. “Yoga guides them back to their strongest and most balanced self.”  

There is evidence that Yoga can lower blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol levels, improve circulation, alleviate pain linked to migraine headaches, lessen back problems and arthritis, reduce symptoms of asthma and diabetes and increase strength and flexibility.  

This is the fourth year Karma Yoga has donated the studio as host for the Yogathon. 

The Yogathon is sponsored by the Detroit Lions , Buddy’s Pizza, Studio for Bodywork, Acupuncture Healthcare Associates of Michigan, , Karma Yoga, Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications , Bevery Hills Orthopaedic Surgery and various generous individuals.

For more information or registration, visit or contact Lynn Medow at, 248.939.1367.

About Yoga By Design Foundation

The Yoga By Design Foundation is a 501©3, tax-exempt organization that offers yoga free-of-charge to underserved populations. They are 100 percent volunteer-run and all funding goes toward direct programming. If you are a qualified yoga instructor or non-profit organization and would like to get involved, visit or contact us at

Yoga By Design Foundation is participating in Art Van Furniture's Charity Challenge

BIRMINGHAM, MI - The Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge is a fundraising competition where organizations supporting children, healthcare and human services compete to raise the most money with the top teams winning cash prizes from Art Van Furniture. 

Proceeds raised by the Yoga By Design Foundation will go towards funding yoga classes for breast cancer patients, at-risk youth, as well as many other under-served populations.

To contribute to the campaign, please go to Donations will be accepted until June 23, 2014.



Angel Pillow Project and Yoga By Design Foundation Launch Free R.E.A.C.H. Yoga Classes for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors

May 21, 2014: Bloomfield Hills MI: Starting June 9th, The Angel Pillow Project and Yoga by Design Foundation will team up to host free Yoga classes every Monday from 2-2:30pm at Karma Yoga (3683 W Maple Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301) Survivors in all stages of their cancer journey are welcome at the free R.E.A.C.H. Yoga classes.  Classes will be taught at Karma Yoga by instructor Katherine Schaefer, E-RYT500. 


R.E.A.C.H. Yoga is a therapeutic practice for those who have been touched by breast cancer;  Restore Exhale and Align with a Community of Healing.  Yoga has been known to enhance physical and emotional wellness, establish reconnection in the body, heal the heart, enhance quality of life, boost immunity, combat fatigue, manage neuropathies, and improve strength, flexibility, and mobility. 


“My healing truly began with the practice of yoga at the conclusion of treatment. I regained my strength, the mobility in my shoulders, chest and arms as well as being able to release the deep trauma of all the physically-invasive procedures,” shares Sabrina Mayhew, breast cancer survivor and founder of The Angel Pillow Project. “Yoga has so impacted my life that I wanted to share it with others who have also experienced the ordeal of breast cancer.  Collaborating with Lynn Medow of the Yoga by Design Foundation to provide this offering supports the mission of the Angel Pillow Project and the realization of a dream


“I am very excited to share the healing gifts of yoga to breast cancer patients and survivors.,” says Katherine Schaefer, yoga instructor  “I am honored to be working with the Angel Pillow Project and Yoga by Design Foundation to bring the women together in a positive, healing way.”


The Angel Pillow Project is a non-profit 501-c3 organization in which heart-shaped pillows, created by breast cancer survivors, are donated to those currently undergoing treatment to soothe physical and emotional pain immediately after surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. 


The Yoga by Design Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization which funds yoga programs for under-served populations.


For more information on the program visit 


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About Yoga by Design Foundation: Lynn Medow is the founder of Yoga by Design. Lynn has earned her a reputation as the "go-to" person for healing through yoga.  The Yoga by Design Foundation is a non-profit organization which funds yoga programs for under-served populations.


About The Angel Pillow Project: Sabrina Mayhew started The Angel Pillow Project to encourage healing, offer support, and provide comfort to breast cancer patients.  The foundation provides heart-shaped pillows which are made by breast cancer survivors for those who are currently battling this disease; the pillows are used to soothe the physical and emotional pains that woman faces with breast cancer.

Giving the Gift of your Talent, Time and Treasure

"There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up." —Bernard Meltzer

Monica Breen, owner of BE NICE Yoga Studio in midtown Detroit, knows this quote to be true.  Breen, who first fell in love with yoga in 1997 in New York, is thrilled to be working as an instructor for a business that’s thriving. "Our studio is a place where people can feel at home while they unearth their true happiness, wellness, and peace. This process can be the beginning of healing for a whole community, as we believe that change starts with the individual."

Monica believes in sharing her talents, time and treasures to help uplift others  through yoga. In partnership with the Yoga by Design Foundation she is launching a 6 month yoga program for two charitable groups in Detroit that assist in lifting up those that have become homeless: Mariners Inn and the Empowerment Plan in Detroit.

Founder Lynn Medow delivering mats to Mariners Inn. Karma Yoga and Bikram Yoga Farmington Hills & Troy donated the mats

Mariners Inn” is a nonprofit agency which has been providing shelter, substance abuse treatment and transitional housing for Detroit's homeless men since 1925. Today, Mariners Inn is a leading treatment center, nationally acclaimed for its professional approach toward alleviating the problems of homelessness and

substance abuse. Mariners Inn is licensed as a residential and outpatient treatment center through the Office of Substance Abuse Services for the State of Michigan Department of Public Health and accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The Mayor's Office has cited the Inn as one of Detroit's model programs.



Coats being made by participants in the empowerment program.The Empowerment Plan” aims to help build a better life for women that have become trapped in the cycle of homelessness. The women are given jobs while in the shelter so that they can earn money, find a place to live, and gain back their independence for themselves and for their families. It is a humanitarian organization based in the city of Detroit. The plan centers around construction of a coat that transforms into a sleeping bag at night, and a bag when not in use. The coat is made by a group of homeless women who have been paid to learn and to produce the coats for those living on the streets.

To provide additional tools to help the residents focus on more than survival, Monica will provide yoga classes to participants in both program.  

Yoga offers tools and skills enabling the participants access to peace and balance amidst their daily struggles while restoring physical health and well-being.

            "No one has ever become poor by giving.”Anne Frank, Diary of Anne Frank


Channel 7 WXYZ TV Interviews Lynn about the 2013 Yogathon!

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich (WXYZ) - Touching your toes is one thing; touching your heart is quite another. A Labor Day weekend all-day yoga fundraiser shows how metro Detroiters can do both while raising money to fund yoga classes that help under-served people and communities.