Yoga Health Foundation

Yoga Health Foundation Produces National Yoga Month and 10 City Tour

The Yoga Health Foundation, a nonprofit 501 c (3) organization located in Los Angeles, produced National Yoga Month and a 10 City Yoga Health Festival Tour across the US and Canada during the month of September. National Yoga Month 2008, the 10 City Tour, and local grassroots events delivered yoga and other preventive health care practices to underserved communities.

Los Angeles, CA, November 05, 2008 --( The Yoga Health Foundation, a nonprofit 501 c(3) organization based in Los Angeles, CA, was founded by Johannes Fisslinger who had the sole intent of delivering yoga and other preventive health care practices to underserved communities. To achieve this goal, Fisslinger created National Yoga Month, a national awareness campaign to inspire an informed and healthy lifestyle. In honor of Fisslinger’s efforts, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion deemed September National Yoga Month and listed it as an official health observance at

To extend the reach and impact of National Yoga Month, a 10 City Yoga Health Festival Tour was implemented across the US and Canada. Kicking off in Denver on August 24, 2008, the tour traveled to Miami, Boston, Chicago, New York, Austin, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco before concluding in Vancouver on October 5.

The festival tour offered yoga and other preventive health care classes, a health policy forum led by Arianna Huffington, holistic spa treatments, natural and organic foods, lectures and demonstrations by leading medical practitioners, eco-friendly products and services, and musical performances by national recording artists. Russell Simmons, Mariel Hemingway, Sheila E, and other celebrities lent their support and voices to National Yoga Month and the 10 City Yoga Health Festival Tour. Sponsors of the festival tour included SOYJOY, Toyota, Yoga Journal, Luna, Yoga Mates and Acacia. All proceeds from National Yoga Month activities benefit Youth Health Alliance, the educational arm of the Yoga Health Foundation.

In addition to the 10 City Yoga Health Festival Tour, global grassroots events were held in honor of Yoga Month. Local Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCA chapters across the US partnered with Youth Health Alliance to offer at-risk youth free yoga classes and information sessions on preventive health care. Yoga studios participated in the awareness campaign by either hosting free yoga classes or donating proceeds from paid classes to Youth Health Alliance. Health conscious individuals in Germany, Italy, Australia, Nigeria, Japan and other countries celebrated Yoga Month by hosting local yoga events in their communities.

The Yoga Health Foundation reached millions through the national awareness campaign, the 10 City Yoga Health Festival Tour, local events, and national media coverage. “Overall, we are quite pleased with the number of people affected by National Yoga Month, the tour, and Youth Health Alliance,” stated Fisslinger. “We look forward to working with our sponsors in 2009 to further extend the presence and impact of preventive health care in underserved communities.”

For more information on the Yoga Health Foundation, please contact Vera Alexander at or 818-762-4767.

Yoga Health Foundation
Vera Alexander