Each year the MWI recognizes two organizations contribution and commitment to faculties of wellness and upliftment of humanity. Awardees receive the award at the Massachusetts State House during the annual International Day of Yoga celebration.


Catalyst for transformation

NamaStay Sober

NamaStay Sober is a Massachusetts-based charity whose mission is to aid those recovering from addiction by reconnecting their bodies and minds through complimentary yoga & fitness memberships, a practice of self-awareness and a loving community. Since founded in 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts, NamaStay Sober has helped thousands of people in recovery. NamaStay is a community based on inclusion, connection and is open to all. Recipient of several grants and programs, NamaStay now operates from six major cities across America. NamaStay Sober is an excellent example of application of yoga and meditation for lasting transformation. They have created a safe place for people in recovery where they can find a friendly mentor, a helping hand, and a community that operates like a family. We thank NamaStay Sober for being the force that touches lives, transforms them and inspires them in the right direction.

Find more information about NamaStay Sober here.

Champion of Service

Art of Living Foundation

Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar explains “The Art of Living is more of a principle, a philosophy of living life to the fullest. It is more a movement than an organization. Its core value is to find peace within oneself and to unite people in our society – of different cultures, traditions, religions, nationalities; and thus reminding us all that we have one goal to uplift human life everywhere.” Since founded in 1982, the Art of Living has empowered over 370 million lives around the world with the gift of authentic yoga and meditation. In Massachusetts, the Art of Living has been the trailblazer in introducing yoga and meditation to universities, administration, hospitals, corporate offices and schools. The ever-ready team of Art of Living volunteers has replaced darkness of depression and trauma in the lives of thousands of veterans, inmates and victims of natural calamities with the light of self-empowerment through yoga and meditation. The Art of Living is the largest volunteer run organization in the world. Today, we thank the Art of Living Foundation for their service to the residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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