Extra! Extra! Read All About How Yoga is GREAT for Joint Pain!

A recent feature in the Detroit Free Press highlighted Yoga's healing benefits for those of us with joint pain.

Yoga By Design Foundations founder, Lynn Medow gave specific instructions in a quick video demonstrating important stretches you can do at home to support our overworked joints. 

Joint pain is not just for senoirs!  

Many people today of all ages struggle with it. And though it is not known how many Americans suffer from joint related pain,"Last year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention found that 22.7% of U.S. adults — 52.5 million people — have arthritis, a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders. Among the most common is osteoarthritis, a painful degenerative disease caused by wear and tear on bones and joints.

Yoga supports the joints; with gentle movement - never forcing or pushing. Yoga helps us move, soften and create space so that oxygen reaches more of our cells, organs and bodily systems. This helps to lower inflammation, decrease pain, engages our ability to heal, supports healthy cognitive function and and lowers stress.

Everyone can benefit from Yoga's simple and soft, healing touch. Great video Lynn! 

Check out the full article at this link to Detroit Free Press Online.



Yoga By Design Foundation Yogathon Press! Our Recent Three Minutes of Fame!



Yoga By Design Foundation founder Lynn Medow got an opportunity to talk over the weekend with our local news station WXYZ Channel 7 about our annual Yogathon.

The Yogathon took place on Sunday September 14th and was a huge success! Thank you to all that came out, to the vendors, to those who participated, our volunteers, to Karma Yoga for hosting and of course to all that were able to make a donation. We THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! 

For each donation of $20 to practice at our Yogathon (which we'll be doing again next year!), that $20 goes directly to underwrite the cost of 2 yoga classes for people that need yoga the most. Yoga By Design Foundation works to bring yoga to children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities, veterans, survivors and patients with cancer, political refugees and those that don't have access to or can not afford yoga. These are the folks that benefit THE MOST from Yoga's healing ability.

How does Yoga heal?

Yoga heals - in one way - by encouraging the body to slip into the parasympathetic nervous system state. This is the nervous system state in which our bodies rest, digest and heal. The sympathetic nervous system state is the commonly known as "fight or flight" state, where the body is working to maintain stress levels more prominantly. This takes the body's focus away from healing, soothing the system and supporting a healthy body and mind. The peaceful, sweetness, softness and simplicity of yoga can be enjoyed by everybody - and for every "body" type. 

Everyone needs/deserves yoga! 

Thanks again to all that came. It was a great time and a beautiful day! 

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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yogathon-2014-tickets-12096415705 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 www.yogabydesignfoundation.org or contact Lynn Medow at ybdfoundation@gmail.com, 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 www.yogabydesignfoundation.org or contact us at ybdfoundation@gmail.com.

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 crowdrise.com/ybdfoundation. 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 www.reachyoga.org 


For media inquiries contact, Sherrie Handrinos at SherrieHandrinos@gmail.com or 734-341-6859



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.