North Minneapolis Donation Studio

1722 James Ave N Minneapolis MN 55411 (612)-990-four one five zero

“Love is the bridge between you and everything.” – Rumi

North Minneapolis Donation Based Yoga

Come by for Daily Classes!

The Studio is now open, join us for daily classes!

On the Radio

Hear founders Matthew and Jaina Portwood discussing Yoga and Accessibility on the Radio.  Hear the conversation here.

Why Donation Yoga in North Minneapolis?

Matthew and Jaina have long been advocates of taking yoga out of the studio and into the community.  They first opened a donation studio in East Whittier on the 2000 block of 1rst Avenue  in 2002, and second on the corner of Chicago and Lake in 2011.  As Minneapolis residents for 36 plus years they are dedicated to sharing tools and practices, which empower and awaken our community to create a better city and better world.

North Minneapolis, has been long underserved by the Minneapolis Yoga community. While the Twin cities boasts over 100 Yoga Studios, not one is on the northside.  North Minneapolis is a community poised to harness yoga practices which empower us physically, mentally and to better serve one another.

Yoga in the United States is big business now, and most studios and schools are founded, backed and run by huge corporations and commercial interests.  Yoga has been turned into a commodity, and marketed to only certain communities and demographics.  Radiant Life Yoga’s mission is to get yoga back into the hands of people, which is where it has been carried for thousands of years.

Yoga is an integral part of any healthy community.

Yoga is not just physical exercise. Yoga is a holistic system of practices which cultivate skills and awareness to overcome any obstacles. Yoga reduces stress, prevent injury, increase will power and gives a larger perspective on life.

As many of us have discovered, the experiential lessons learned on the mat help us to adapt to and deal more effectively with life. These practices empower and awaken.

There is a need for this North Minneapolis which is not being met.  Our Northside studio gives students the opportunity to practice regardless of their ability to pay for classes.

Donation Based Yoga

The northside studio offers daily donation classes, diverse health and wellness programs, and beautiful community which inspires and supports one another. We have classes for adults, children and seniors.  It is a sanctuary from the noise and hustle of everyday life and a place which cultivates respect, self discipline and holistic health through this ancient wisdom tradition. Students pay what they can, or practice for free.

Who Supports Northside Yoga?

Our Studio is entirely supported by donations.  Donations for classes, only cover a small part of our expenses.  The rest of our budget comes from community members and people excited about Yoga as a tool to change lives.

Help Support Northside Yoga

We need your help to keep this studio going.  The fact is that there many people in need of yoga who don’t have the resources to pay for class.  The Northside studio is volunteer run, but there are expenses in keeping the space open to the public.

We are calling to Yogis who know the healing power and beauty of the practice, and want to make a powerful difference in our city and our world.  We’re you to support this work, or get involved and make a difference.

Radiant Life Yoga Foundation is non-profit 501(c)3, so your donations are tax deductible.  You can donate to help us make our yearly budget here :



The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. –Mahatma Gandhi

Support Us With a Monthly Donation!

Breathing: $20 per month
Awakening: $50 per month
Serving: $75 per month
Enlightened: $100 per month
Liberated: $200 per month

True Yoga practice is always selfless.  Yoga is connection to the commonality we share which is beyond the limitations of our selfishness.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to bring accessible and affordable Yoga to North Minneapolis!  To provide powerful transformational tools which empower and contribute to mental and physical wellness!  To create a space for community to meet with the intention of growth personal development and serving our world!


Matt and Jaina Portwood, Radiant Life Yoga Teacher Training, April 19, 2014.



For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.  – Nelson Mandela


Your Support helps extend Yoga  beyond reach of commercial interest of huge corporations and business people.

Featured on WCCO News at 5 on 10/13/2015

All donations will go directly into operating and maintain the Northside Studio. Your generous contributions will be used in the following ways:

Executive Director 4000 48,000
Associate Director 2400 40,000
Health Insurance 2000 24,000
Professional Development
HSA Match
Physical Space
Rent tbd
Utilities 300 3600
Studio Furnishings 2,000
Signage tbd
MindBody System 120
Printing 200
Web Marketing 400
Legal 2,000
Incorporation / 501c(3) Application 2,000
Budget This Year: 123,600

Many thanks for supporting the community!