Marilyn Peters Memorial Fund

The Spirit of Marilyn Lives on

in the Souls of Those Who Loved Her.

Contact Information

Yoga By Design Foundation

1221 Bowers St

PO Box 1055

Birmingham, MI 48012-1055

Lynn Medow

Grant Application for Michigan based Programs only.






Teaching REACH Yoga to Breast Cancer Thrivers - February 5th and 6th

Learn how to provide therapeutic yoga to those touched by Breast Cancer.  50% of the proceeds from this class will go to support programs offered thru the Yoga By Design Foundation.


Registration Options


Or mail check to:
Yoga by Design Foundation
PO Box 1055
Birmingham, MI 48012
Cancellation Fee: $35 for payment by credit card or Paypal, $25 for payment by check


Registration Options

Or mail check to:
Yoga by Design Foundation
PO Box 1055
Birmingham, MI 48012

Cancellation Fee: $35 for payment by credit card or Paypal, $25 for payment by check 


Mindful Yoga Therapy Training Graduates Go Into The World To Teach Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for PTSD

What a wonderful weekend of expanding our skills and meeting new yogi's at Mindful Yoga Therapy Training.  Yoga by Design Foundation is so grateful to Suzanne Manafort and Noreen Reilly for making the time in their schedules to offer this special training to our community and to Karma Yoga for such a welcoming and beautiful space.
This 15 hour training is just the beginning! We are making plans with MYTT to bring the full program to Michigan.  Thank you all for participating and preparing to expand the Mindful Yoga Therapy program in Michigan.



Registration is closed for Mindful Yoga Therapy Training

The Yoga By Design Foundation is honored to sponsor a teacher training for "Mindful Yoga Therapy" to assist in teaching students who are living with PTSD and others Healing from Trauma. Suzanne Manafort, coauthor and Lead Teacher for "Mindful Yoga Therapy"  will lead the workshop.


15 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Teacher Training Credentials.

The Mindful Yoga Therapy Training for Yoga Teachers Program covers:

  • Why yoga for trauma?
  • The Toolbox and its five practices: Asana, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Gratitude
  • Special considerations and specific techniques for working with Veteran
  • The nervous system and using yoga as a therapeutic methodology
  • Appropriateness and variations of asana
  • Understanding Veteran and military culture
  • How to bring Mindful Yoga Therapy into the world
  • 12 Week Protocol
  • Post Traumatic Growth

Presented By: Suzanne Manafort, coauthor and lead teacher

Cost: $395 

Dates: April 24-26, 2015

   Friday 6:00pm - 9:00pm

   Saturday 9:00am - 5:30pm

   Sunday 9:00am - 3:00pm

Location:  Karma Yoga, West Bloomfield

  6710 Orchard Lake Road

West Bloomfield, MI 48322

A growing number of veterans and healthcare professionals are discovering that the age-old practice of yoga and meditation offers an effective way to deal with the physical and emotional pain of post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression and traumatic brain injury. Yoga is far more than an exercise program – it’s a full mind-body discipline that can improve the life of every veteran, from World War II vets to service members just returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Clinical studies show that yoga can help veterans and others living with past trauma's:

  • Sleep better, overcoming insomnia and nightmares
  • Enjoy a sense of well-being
  • Relieve depression and hopelessness
  • Cope with and even resolve anxiety and fear
  • Find escape from the “fight or flight” response that causes hyperarousal
  • Control anger and strong emotions
  • Reconnect emotionally with friends, family and their community
  • Be successful in recovering from addiction
  • Feel less physical pain


Registration is closed. If you would like to be added to a wait list please send an email to

Click on Mindful Yoga Therapy for information on other class dates.


“In the end, just three things matter:

  • How well we have lived
  • How well we have loved
  • How well we have learned to let go"

Jack Kornfield



Join us as a we receive the 2014 Community Partner Award from Freedom House Detroit.

DATE/TIME: November 13, 2014/ 5:00PM

COST: $75.00- $125.00

LOCATION: Detroit Yacht Club
                 1 Riverbank Drive
                 Detrot, MI



Freedom House Detroit will hold their 2014 Annual Dinner Auction on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Detroit Yacht Club on beautiful Belle Isle.The festivities begin with a VIP Reception with cocktails and horse deuvers from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.  The dinner program immediately follows at 6:00pm.    The event includes a Silent Auction with items to bid: Disneyland admission; $2,000 zebra wood coffee table, jewelry and much more.   Photos and further information are available at Bing Goei, Director of the Michigan Office of New Americans will be the featured speaker.  Henry Ford Health Center and Yoga By Design Foundation will be recipients of the Freedom House 2014 Community Partner Award. The event is sponsored by Hour Magazine, Henry Ford Health System, Between the Lines and  Prime Staff International. Tickets are $125 for  Reception and Dinner; $75 dinner program only or $85 at the door.  For more information visit


Yogathon 2014 Highlights! 

What a beautiful day with beautiful people and a metric TON of yoga! This was our most succesful Yogathon yet! With the monies generated, we will be able to bring yoga to underserviced populations all over metro detroit and beyond! We bring yoga to those that need it the most - children without access, those with illness, veterans with PTSD, refugees and those with disabilities. It's truly an amazing cause - and a whole lot of fun. 

Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU to all that joined us that day, donated or volunteered their precious time. 




Yoga Rocks the Park! Right Here in the "D"! 

Imagine it:

Beautiful, green grass. Fresh air, trees & smiling faces. Now add Yoga - how lovely!?

Join us this Satuday, July 12th for Yoga Rocks the Park @ 1463 Jefferson Ave in Detroit Michigan 48207. 

This is a 75 minute All Levels class with a talented teachers Paul Witherspoon and live music with DJ Dante LaSalle. Class begins at 10:30am and the registration starts as early as 9:00am. This should be really awesome so if you even THINK you have time - COME! 

Enjoy a gorgeous Saturday, sharing your practice with others under the blue sky. Makes me want to take a savasana just thinking about it:) 

The event series (yes - they're doing this all summer!) runs on select Saturdays & Sundays in the spring & summer, donating 10% of the net-profits to local and global causes.

We hope to see you in the grass! 

Go to Yoga Rocks the Park online to see the entire summer schedule and get more details! 

Namaste´ friends!


YBDF Presents Yogathon! 

Whats better than yoga? 

All day yoga!

Join us as Yoga by Design Foundation presents Yogathon on September 14th 2014!

We'll begin with a 6:30AM Ashtanga Class taught in the tradition of K. Pattabhi Jois and then we'll finish up 12 hours later with the healing sound therapy of a Gong Immersion. This event will be held at Karma Yoga at 3683 W Maple, at Maple & Lahser Roads in Bloomfield Hills Michigan.

Sounds Ahhh-mazing, right? 

Proceeds from the Yogathon go directly to provide low or no cost yoga to underserved populations. These folks need it the most and have the least access to Yoga's healing benefits. Let's do all we can! 

A $20 minimum donation per class is appreciated. Money generated at the Yogathon will support veterans, children, the chronically and terminally ill and other populations of Metro Detroit so that they too can experience the healing benefits of Yoga. Karmically it feels GREAT to give and to recieve! Join us for this special event where you can truly make a difference in the lives of so many and receive the pure energetic benefit of yoga asana, pranayama and it's teachings. 

Participants can register online at or drop-in (on a space-available basis).

Here is the class schedule for the Yogathon:
  • 6:30 to 8:00AM - Ashtanga taught in the tradtion of K. Pattabhi Jois.
  • 8:15 to 9:30AM - Yoga Fusion
  • 9:45 to 11:00AM - Kundalini Yoga
  • 11:15AM to 12:15PM - Magical Mystical Flow
  • 12:30 to 1:45PM - Stoke the fires of Digestion & Passion
  • 2:00 to 3:00PM - Nia; Guide the body to heal through movement
  • 3:15 to 4:30PM - Gentle Karma
  • 4:45 to 6:00PM - Gong Immersion
Yoga By Design is the first organization of it's kind in the nation to raise money for the purpose of providing yoga at low or 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 most balanced self."
We hope you'll come and share of yourself - and your practice - for this truly uniqie event!

YBDF Partnering with Yoga Rocks The Park™

The Yoga By Design Foundation is proud to be a SEVA Partner with Yoga Rocks The Park™ this season. 

We invite you to come rock the park with us this summer and join in celebrating commUNITY, giving and wellness in the great outdoors!   

The weekly events feature an ALL-LEVELS 75-minute yoga class (BEGINNERS WELCOME!) featuring the areas most inspiring yoga teachers and kids yoga program, Camp YRP (for your little yogis), accompanied by live music with some of the top and emerging musicians in the country. 

Yoga Rocks The Park™ also provides unique access to innovators in health & wellness in their vendor village. Yoga Rocks The Park™ embraces the grassroots soul of their events and each event series is locally managed, staffed and supported in 20+ cities across the U.S.  The event series in each city runs on select Saturdays & Sundays in the spring/summer, donating 10% of the net-profits to local and global causes.

The Detroit dates are as follows:

Saturday, July 12th - EGS Park in Detroit

Sunday, July 20th - EGS Park in Detroit

Saturday, July 26th - Gallup Park in Ann Arbor

Sunday, August 3rd - Gallup Park in Ann Arbor

Saturday, August 9th - EGS Park in Detroit

Saturday, August 16th - EGS Park in Detroit

Sunday, August 24th - Memorial Park in Royal Oak

Saturday, September 6th - Memorial Park in Royal Oak

Sunday, September 14th - Gallup Park in Ann Arbor


For more information, go to


Yoga Rocks Ford Field

  Feb 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM Ford Field

Sponsored by: Detroit Lions, Yoga Shelter and Lululemon

Come Play Detroit is putting on the largest indoor yoga event in Michigan with proceeds benefiting the Yoga By Design Foundation

Yoga Rocks Ford Field will showcase the positive things going on in the city of Detroit.  At the event, the great companies that are working together to make Detroit an outstanding place to live, work, and play will be highlighted.

It also emphasizes the Detroit Lions' commitment to  supporting health and wellness in our community.


Your ticket provides you; yoga, music, vendors and a tour of the city!  See the growth that is going on in Detroit from the warmth of the bus and help to support the Yoga by Design Foundation!


For tickets and registration click on: Come Play Detroit




Healthy Food and Healthy Lifestyles to support Freedom House

Lafayette Greens is an urban garden in the heart of downtown Detroit.

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Enjoy the video of the good work that Krisina Pruccoli does to support Freedom House and other Charities in the Detroit Area.  The Yoga program mentioned during the clip is the program that the Yoga By Design Foundaiton Funds.