See How Kids Benefit From DKWIO 

The mission of Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out in partnership with the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan (DKWIO) is to promote optimum health in mind, body and spirit through a comprehensive yoga-based approach that reduces anxiety, prevents childhood obesity and increases self-esteem. Founded in 2005, DKWIO is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that delivers quality programming to give children the tools to make healthy choices.

To achieve its mission, DKWIO reaches hundreds of kids each year through a 10-week yoga and nutrition program offered in elementary schools in the fall and winter. A six-week summer program is also offered for elementary-age children in schools and community centers.

The foundation of a healthy body begins with understanding what food makes the body strong, energized and fit. DKWIO incorporates nutritional education into each session.

For children to get started on a healthy lifestyle, they need to exercise every day. Yoga benefits both the body and the mind—it’s a physically empowering practice and calms a child’s otherwise busy world.

DKWIO employs a holistic and yoga-based model based on proven, structured tools—such as the program’s unique 1-hour formula—that maximize the organization’s impact and reach. This straightforward, repeatable formula increases the positive impact on children who take part in the program.

1 Hour Formula

  • Introduction – 10 Minutes
  • Nutrition – 5 Minutes
  • Activity (Yoga Practice) – 30 Minutes
  • Relaxation – 10 Minutes
  • Recap and Resources – 5 Minutes

In the U.S. alone, more than 2.3 million children suffer from childhood obesity. This problem threatens the health of our kids, our families and our nation. Through our yoga-centric approach and our unique system for equipping kids to make healthy choices, DKWIO is making a difference for thousands of children.

  • Gratitude Season

    Now through the end of the year,
    Work It Out is partnering with local studios to offer donation classes and special events to help raise money and awareness of our programming.

    Please visit our studio partners and help us reach our end of year goal!


    November – All Month – Born Yoga in Birmingham
    Born is growing a gratitude tree. Little yogis can make a donation to Work It Out and then decorate a leave for the tree. Also, $5 from class package purchases will benefit Work It Out.

    November 17 – House of Yoga in Berkley
    Donation classes at 5:00, 6:30 and 8:00 in the evening.
    Featuring LIVE music with Vishnu Blue.

    November 26 – Explore Yoga in Troy
    Donation class with DKWIO’s own instructor Kirsten Beyer at 9am.

    November 26 & 28 – Blue in Birmingham
    Donation classes all day both days. See their website for full schedule.

    November 27 – Born Yoga in Birmingham
    Family GLOWga party at 6:30 pm donation class.

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    $5,215 USD
    52% of $10,000 goal

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    email: | phone: 313.782.4616

  • Danialle Karmanos, Founder PhotoWelcome to DKWIO! By taking this first step, you are already battling the epidemic of childhood obesity and saving the lives of children. Bravo!I'm a news junkie. Nine years ago, I began reading more and more about the epidemic of childhood obesity. I saw documentation of the problem, but I didn't see anyone doing anything about it. I found it fascinating and infuriating. So, how did we evolve from an epiphany into a movement? Read more