One Yoga Vernon believes that teaching yoga is about being in service to our community of students and the greater community at large, that the things we learn in yoga practice come with us into our real lives off the mat.
With the pandemic came a greater awareness of social disparity in Canada and a desire for change, for our indigenous landholders this meant the opportunity for shining a brighter spotlight on the delays in implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation recommendations, more awareness of the ongoing horror for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Gender diverse people, the inequity in Canada's child welfare system, and a chance to teach us some of the more hideous things in our collective Canadian history.
With the newfound awareness of #everychild matters and the shame of the residential schools now fresh in our collective consciousness, I reached out to the Okanagan Indian Band here in Vernon to see if there was a charity drive that they were passionate about and that our studio could get on board with, and I received the letter posted below.
Our goal as a yoga community is to raise $2500 to use towards an industrial food dehydrator to assist in preserving the food they produce with their new garden project.
For the rest of the summer, all the Saturday Hatha classes will be by donation with all proceeds going to the project, as well as any money collected in rent for studio use for workshops etc. Our students are encouraged to come up with unique ways to fundraise outside of the studio as well, and finally we have started a Go Fund Me that you can use to donate directly to the cause, you can find that link here.
All individual donations made to the fund will be entered into a draw at the end of the summer for some unique prizes including a free Three Month Unlimited studio pass!
Most of you are probably aware of the Covid crisis in India today, and at one point our senior teacher and Guruji Fr. Joe Pereira was hospitalized with the illness.
Fortunately he is home and on the mend but many are not as fortunate, and one thing they are in drastic need of is bottled oxygen.
Two weeks ago I put a call out to my Hatha students and the students in the book club and group study to donate what they could and the studio would match their donations dollar for dollar.
This week I sent $900 USD to support #MissionOxygen and I just wanted to publicly express my deep gratitude and admiration to everyone who pitched in!