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As an avid yoga practitioner in Los Angles, Kayoko founded Yoga Gives Back in 2007, a non-profit organization whose mission is twofold: first, to mobilize the global yoga community with gratitude and second, to empower women and children in India to build sustainable livelihoods.

In its 15th year, YGB provides more than 2400 underserved mothers and children with micro loans and educational funds. YGB’s global campaign has reached many US cities and thirty countries worldwide with its mantra,“For the cost of one yoga class, you can change a life.” 

Prior to moving to the USA in 1992, Kayoko was a producer/director for NHK Japan’s National Public Broadcaster, working on primetime current affairs and documentary television programs; and cultural attaché at the Embassy of Japan in London. Her passion for documentary filmmaking is rooted in the perspective gained from years of living abroad including Australia, Brazil, United Kingdom and USA. Kayoko now uses her skills to film and produce YGB FILMS to share YGB’s fund recipients’ real stories with the global yoga community. For the last three decades living in Los Angeles, Kayoko had continued her work for NHK’s feature documentary programs as producer/director, but since 2016 Kayoko has become YGB’s Executive Director full-time. “First half of my life was to learn from experiences. Second half of my life is to serve others as much as possible! Thus, I am dedicating my life to a non profit, Yoga Gives Back, as Founder and President, to empower underserved women and children in India. YOGA has given me so much, a way to find peace in my heart, most importantly FAITH in myself. I am eternally grateful and I know millions people in the world share the same gratitude. So why not join us? We can do so much more if we come together, #OneMillionYogis!”‚Äč