Yoga – Reaching Out

Yoga – Reaching Out

Throughout the years that I’ve not only been practicing but teaching, I can’t begin to describe to you the people I’ve met or the opportunities that I’ve had – all in the name of yoga.

I’ve traveled up and down the east coast and midwest training other teachers. I’ve gone to Yogaville to receive special training to better teach people living with cancer. I’ve presented at conferences and conducted lunch and learn sessions for businesses. I’ve taught inner city youth. Met my foster son and other amazing children growing up in the system.  I’ve taught athletes, older adults, and those living with physical disabilities. People have let me into their lives to celebrate and mourn and I in return have let you into mine.

I’ll never forget any of it.

But now it’s your turn.

On Oct 11, South Carolina becomes a site to a massive Yoga Reaches Out Yogathon. Why and what? Let me tell you.

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It first begins with two small local non-profits who work with disadvantaged youth. The same kids I spent nearly 5 years of my life working with and trying to be a small seed that reminds them there’s “a way out.” Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter provides emergency housing services to children in foster care. I know the Director personally and she takes her job very seriously. She loves these kids and goes up to bat for them in ways I wish that I could. Also, I would have loved to have seen my foster son get into their teen program.

The second organization is Achieve Columbia. Now…I know less about this organization. But I do know that it’s the little engine that could…and they could do more great work with a little boost. (You can probably say that about many not-for-profits.)

So what can you do? You join the yogathon. Why? Because it gives you the opportunity to use your mat in service of others.

 

How many times do you get to do that?

 

Check out the site. Join or create a team. Or give a flat donation. Or volunteer. BUT the teachers that are teaching at this thing…you don’t want to miss. Fantastic local teachers and the fabulous Rolf Gates. (If you don’t know Rolf, ask me about his book in class. It was one of those life changers and savers.) Plus music, lunch, vendors, and me. Did I mention I’ll be there? I’m not teaching. I’m trading in my voice for my hands that weekend and doing some of the physical work…literally.

The best part about this is…it isn’t about what studio or which teacher or what style of yoga is better. It’s about getting on your mat. ALL of us getting on our mats. Yogis uniting – to give back to OUR local community and children.

So now what…sign up! http://www.yogareachesout.org/

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PS – If you missed the Yoga and Wine Retreat, well…I may have the next best thing in works coming in October. Stay tuned!

 

 

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