Occupation: Give Back Yoga Foundation Founder
Beryl Bender Birch, founder and director of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and the Give Back Yoga Foundation (GBYF), has been studying and teaching yoga and meditation for over 40 years. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in philosophy and English and traveled to India in 1974 to further her studies. She began training yoga teachers as spiritual revolutionaries (bringing together spiritual practice and social activism) in l980. She is the author of four books on yoga, including the best-selling Power Yoga. Her latest book, Yoga for Warriors (Sounds True, October 2014) is a guide written especially for men and women in the military, and thousands of these books are being donated to veterans nationwide by her school and GBYF through a "buy one, give one" campaign.