Yoga with a Purpose

Yoga with a Purpose

Word is getting out.  People are beginning to live their yoga beyond the mat.  Yogis are giving of themselves to make this world a better place.  And they are doing it by doing what they love – yoga.

Here is an example, of a really cool project, which I will be supporting  by donating the proceeds from all of my classes on Thursday May 6th.  I hope you will also join me in supporting:

2nd Annual Yoga with a Purpose Benefit Week

May 2-9, 2010

Last year almost 50 studios around the United States joined together to support the African Village Survival Initiative (AVSI). AVSI is a program created by the African-led Uhuru Movement for community-based economic self-reliance. The African Village Survival Initiative (AVSI) is working to equip the Uhuru House, in St Petersburg, FL with a recording studio, and a commercial kitchen for community based economic development projects.

AVSI Uhuru House projects are designed to support the  African community in addressing and resolving the critical issues that confront them by uniting Africans together all over this country and the world for self-determination.

This program addresses a critical need both here and abroad – African peoples must gain sustainability and economic independence.  The building of community kitchens and sound production studios in Florida and on the African continent is a clearly achievable and reproducible goal.  The need is clear – more than 50% of the African population here in the US lives below the poverty line and on the continent it is way worse.  Building commercial kitchens and sound production studios will enable the African communities to engage in economic activities which will allow them to become self reliant (recordings, meals, restaurants, bakeries, etc).

This is not a project that is limited to persons of African descent.  It is a project that begs all of us to attend.  To quote a favorite musician “If one of us is chained, none of us are free.”  Years of slavery and economic and social abuse have unfortunately marginalized the African community.  No longer can we keep our eyes closed and our hearts barred.  Here is a chance to make a difference.

If you live in the Seattle area, come and take one of my classes at Urban Oasis on May 6th.  All proceeds from those classes will be donated to Yoga with a Purpose.  The monies then will be used to support AVSI.   If you are a teacher/studio owner – sign up to donate your classes.   It’s a win-win: You get great yoga, and you get to support a good project at the same time.

Take a moment to check out how many studios across the country are already signed up to do this.  Pretty cool, huh? I loved looking through the list and seeing all those studios across the US contributing classes.  Makes me want to visit those studios when I visit those towns.


A partial list of contributing studios

Laughter Yoga with Purvi Jani
285/287 Newton Ave, Oakland

Hawthorne Yoga
1241 Carpenter St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

O15 Workout – High Intensity 15 Minute Workout
201 S. Camac Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Khalsa Healing Arts Center
Meditation Class – Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa
301 Oxford Valley Rd Suite 1504
Yardley, PA 19067

Hawthorne Yoga
1241 Carpenter St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

1206 North 5th Street, Studio C
Northern Liberties
Philadelphia, PA 19122

DiBella Yoga Studio
Depot Shoppes
31 Plank Avenue #304
Paoli, PA 19301

Dhyana Yoga Rittenhouse
1611 Walnut St, 4th Floor
215 222-YOGA (9642)

Evolution Physical Therapy & Yoga
20 Kilburn Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401

The Awareness Center at Fit
62 Rockford Road
Wilmington, DE 19806

Saraswati River Yoga – Denyse
408 York Rd, suite 2
New Hope, PA 18938

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
1200 Arguello Blvd in the Inner Sunset neighborhood in San Francisco.

Dhyana Yoga Rittenhouse
1611 Walnut St, 4th Floor

4 West 43rd Street – Suite 501
NY, NY 10036

Vallejo Yoga in the heart of downtown Vallejo, CA

Studio 34
4522 Baltimore Avenue in West Philly

Dhyana Yoga West Philly
3945 Chestnut St.,
2nd fl in the HUB
215 222-YOGA (9642)

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