Called to Action

Yoga students in our classes at a juvenile detention center moved us to create classes for teens in re-entry by asking, “where can we find yoga classes once we go home?”  

Most importantly our vision includes offering truly accessible training and teacher certification to the youth who desire to teach and bring the power of yoga to their communities. We aim to staff our organization and our leadership with the youth we serve, so they can inform YFYNO’s mission as we grow in response to the needs of our communities. Many thanks to the support of Laureus Foundation USA and the SOL Foundation who are funding our innovative youth yoga teacher certification program.  

With every yoga class, the growth and healing that our students discover through yoga, meditation, and breath work is evident and beautiful. Our students’ feedback and several yoga and wellness studies confirm that yoga is a highly effective method of increasing self-esteem and mental health with teens. These two data sets propel us to scale our programming to reach youth in the JJS across the state of Louisiana.   

About Us

Y.O.G.A for Youth New Orleans supports teens at risk of being involved and those that are involved with the juvenile justice system with culturally accessible and trauma responsive yoga/mindfulness classes. Sharing the tools of yoga can nurture teen health, resilience, and self-esteem to prevent recidivism. Within our data-driven model, we continually collect feedback from students and community partners to measure efficacy and make changes in programming to better serve our clients. We teach all classes within our ten-week framework, designed with sensitivity to those who may struggle with the effects of trauma.  

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Founding Directors

Bonita Day and Camille Baldassar founded Y.O.G.A. for Youth New Orleans to fill a need in the Greater New Orleans area: providing youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System with the empowering tools of yoga and mindfullness. They are driven to do this work through the lens of equity, and on the ever-growing path of awareness and life-long learning.

They began this journey in October 2015, and are thankful for the support of so many partnering organizations who recognize the value of this work, including Y.O.G.A. for Youth, Laureus Foundation's New Orleans Coalition of Sport for Good, and the Propeller Incubator.

Proud to be the local affiliate of Y.O.G.A. for Youth!





Founded by Krishna Kaur in 1997:

Y.O.GA for Youth is an internationally accredited non-profit supported by a research-based curriculum. They provide access to an entire Y.O.G.A for Youth support network reaching youth nationwide. The program provides opportunities for professional development and teacher placement for those looking to bring a fresh approach to education.


Working Together


Laureus Foundation USA

We change the lives of youth and strengthen communities through the power of sport.

Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”
– Nelson Mandela, 2000 Laureus World Sports Awards

Laureus is our one of our major funders and we are proud to be one of seven 2017 grantee organizations!


Youth Empowerment Program

YEP envisions a community where all people have access to the opportunities, skills, resources and relationships they need to actualize their potential.

YEP engages underserved young people through Community Based Education, Mentoring and Employment Readiness Programs to help them develop skills and strengthen ties to family and community.



Tackling inequities in New Orleans by supporting entrepreneurs since 2009.

Propeller is a nonprofit organization that helps entrepreneurs grow their nonprofits and small businesses to tackle social and environmental disparities in New Orleans.


Lululemons’ Here to Be is a community-based social impact program that makes the healing benefits of yoga and meditation accessible through best-in-class nonprofit partnerships.

Thank you for making YFYNO your Here to Be community partner for 2019-2019!


Project Peaceful Warriors

Empowerment Through Peace

Resilient Warriors of Peace and Catalysts for Change, Integrating Yoga and Mindfulness in Education, to Empower Minds and Communities Through Peace


Interested in our classes, professional training, or programs? Send us a message and let us know how we can help!