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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Public Health

Mission: Yoga Darshana Center is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2001. It was created as a means to help alleviate suffering and raise the level of consciousness in the world. The centers vision is to offer students an alternative spiritual lifestyle that will bring peace, health, happiness and abundance. Darshana believes that yoga should be accessible and affordable for everyone and tailors Yoga to the specific needs and lifestyles of each individual

Target demographics: the community

Direct beneficiaries per year: many people transform their lives

Geographic areas served: Long Island

Programs: Yoga, meditation, yoga teacher training, educational workshops, yoga nidra, reiki, spiritual guidance, satsangs, movie nights, transformational retreats, outings, book clubs, free events, discounted memberships for those who cannot afford it.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Vicki Howard W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The yoga Darshana center is a truly spiritual center in every sense of the word. I started practicing yoga there since they first opened and my life has never been the same since. The Instructors are genuinely nice people who care about the students and know what they are doing. The teachers training course is probably the best on Long Island. There are also so many different classes from which to choose. The YDC community is filled with authentic practitioners. I would recommend YDC to anyone interested in taking a great yoga class or one of the other classes they offer or attending a spiritual gathering.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Yoga Darshana has been a life line for me since I first took a class there over ten years ago. I had lived elsewhere and dabbled in Hatha Yoga for 20 prior years. I began feeling and living yoga through the instructors and owners at YDC. Eventually, after seven years, I participated in the 200 hour RYT Program. Since graduation in early 2017, I consistently continue feeling 'new beginnings' with yoga. My world has again opened more widely as I teach beginner and gentle hatha yoga, as well as chair yoga, in several venues around Long Island. Thank you as always to the best welcoming, community space, Yoga Darshana.

4 Jackie O.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

About 5 years ago, I was feeling ‘old and creaky’! Many people kept telling me to go to a yoga class. Finally I did and boy what a life changer! It was a Sunday morning at 10 am in October. I asked my step-daughter to come with me. We both loved our first class and our teacher Virginia. Fast forward to today and now my step-daughter is my yoga teacher at YDC. She attended their teacher training program a couple years ago, so we have come full circle.

I love the energy and the wonderful programs hosted at the center. Regina and Matt are so welcoming and genuine. We are blessed to be part of the wonderful family of YDC. And I no longer feel ‘old and creaky’! ❤️

4 Dee M.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

YDC is a center available to ALL. The people are kind, and generous with their teaching and their support of your physical needs.
Love it there.

3 Betty Lynn T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a judgment free zone! They truly stick to their yoga philosophy of yoga for everyone!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became a student at Yoga Darshana way back in the early years of their operation. I have been 'in the family' and grown with them through these years. Last year I completed my 200 hour certification at YDC and became a Registered Yoga Teacher. Everyone you meet at YDC is friendly & loving. You can receive many types of therapies and assistance at this wellness center. YDC offers a clean, loving, supportive atmosphere which is warm and inviting to all.

3 Barbara F.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This center is a lovely place to practice yoga and also to work. The studio is a clean, bright, open and inviting space. With a variety of classes from beginner to all level to intermediate yoga, relaxation and stress reduction restorative yoga and meditation, it's easy and convenient to find the class that meets your needs.
The instructors are welcoming, nurturing and compassionate. Offering assistance to the students through their ever expanding knowledge base assures connection between the student and teacher.
Workshops are offered to broader the consciousness and physical range of motion.
It's a fabulous experience please try a new student discount class card to determine if YDC is your yoga home

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of yoga darshana for 9 years. It is a place of peace & happiness with a positive and warm welcoming vibe. The teachers there are absolutely amazing and have helped me through my struggles & deepest times. I would recommend this place to anyone. You will fall in love after your first class.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great place to learn and experience wonderful yoga classes! Everyone is very welcoming and really makes you feel comfortable

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been attending class at this studio for 13+ years and I must say every year it gets better and better. Everyone is very warm, welcoming, knowledgeable, and extreamly positive!!! We are like one big family I love this studio, all the teachers and events held here.

With love,

Marie

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love Yoga Darshana Center. They offer many different classes from beginner to advanced. The studio is beautiful and there is a very loving and peaceful feeling you get from all of the instructors and students. It truly is a non-judgement place to explore and grow.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I walked into Yoga Darshana Center I could tell immediately that there was something different than other yoga studios. The people were friendly, atmosphere was inviting, class was what I wanted, and prices were good. I started attending classes there regularly and am very happy.