Wednesday, May 13, 2015

National Day of Yoga for Nepal

Photo via Yoga for Nepal.

Calling all Sacramento based yogis... next Tuesday will be a beautiful outpouring in our yoga community to send relief to Nepal. 

Many of my dear friends and fellow teachers are hosting awesome donation-based classes throughout the day, and I do hope you'll all come out and show your support.

If you are located anywhere other than Sacramento, I encourage you to check out to learn more about the fundraisers that are going on. The efforts are nationwide. Read more info, below.

On Saturday, April 25th, a 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, devastating the country, causing an avalanche on Mt. Everest, and killing thousands of people.  The mountainous terrain has made it difficult to get to rural areas to perform rescue, relief, and damage assessments. 

The immediate needs are food, water, clothing, medical care, and particularly, temporary shelters as the monsoon season approaches.  There is a worldwide relief effort underway to support Nepal’s people to survive and recover, to eventually begin rebuilding their beautiful nation.  
Photo via Yoga for Nepal.

We are calling upon the nationwide community of yogis to connect with the people of Nepal and raise funds for earthquake relief by leading a day of yoga practice to inspire giving to the earthquake relief through the Yoga 4 Nepal website.

Photo via Pinterest. 

We are mobilizing local and national media through publicists helping us in California, and we encourage all of you as yoga advocates and spokespeople to promote the National Day of Yoga for Nepal within your communities wherever you are. Our intention is that this massive outpouring of compassion inspires support of this cause through electronic donations, local and national media coverage, and support from entertainers, celebrities, and the yoga community throughout the United States - all to happen on Tuesday, May 19th!

We invite every studio, community, and yogi to join us on Tuesday, May 19th to create, lead or attend a special class, event or a day of classes dedicated to and called: “Yoga for Nepal”. This day will bring mindfulness to the suffering of these people, and these classes will encourage people to donate and help raise funds for relief organizations currently on the ground in Nepal.
Photo via Pinterest.
Donations are tax deductible and all donors can choose to contribute to the following international organizations: 
The Red Cross
Save the Children
And/Or any of these three local Nepalese organizations: 
Next Generation Nepal
The Ama Foundation

We are supporting these aid organizations because they:
Have secure and trustworthy funding transfer mechanisms already in place.
Are organizations that have existing long-term commitment and infrastructure in Nepal.
Have staff that are familiar with Nepalese culture, speak the language, and know the political and economic situation there and how to work within it successfully. 
Are experienced and have established track records of providing disaster relief.

Think globally, act locally! This fundraising event will grow from a micro to a macro level with your support.

Photo via Pinterest.

I am sending a heartfelt thank you and Namaste to the founders of this event, James Kapicka, a yoga teacher and founder of Sac Sierra Yoga, and Leslie Brown, a yoga student working in Nepal. You are both truly living your yoga and inspiring others to do the same, so thank you.

A heartfelt thanks, too, to all the teachers and yogis supporting this cause!

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu... may all beings everywhere be happy and free from suffering.

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