Thank you to ALL of you who have contributed in countless ways. Donating money, items for garage sales, lending items for fundraisers, your time, talents and so much more. Together we have raised over $23,000. OM! I will be traveling to India in February to witness and work with these organizations that have been funded throughout this effort and can’t wait to come back to share what I have learned.
In January, my 6 year old daughter asked me if there were still slaves. I had to say Yes. I hadn’t thought about that much until she asked and I realized the answer was Yes. I don’t want it to be so. But it is. There are millions of people still in slavery on this planet. Many are women and children. I didn’t really realize this until a few years ago and then just buried it deep in my file of “I don’t want to think about it.. too horrifying.” But I am not going to allow that to happen anymore. I want to know more and I and I hope to be the guide for many of you to learn too. And not only that, but do something about it.
This whole entire year ALL classes I teach in DC and VA will be by donation. That means no set prices on classes. ALL of those donations will go towards my Global Seva Challenge, a program of Off the Mat Into the World. This will challenge me to raise $20,000 this year. This is more money than I have ever made in a year. This is BIG.
These funds will help rehabilitate, empower, bring job training, and provide refuge for victims of sex trafficking in India. In this process I will educate myself and others. There will be a lot of soul searching and digging. This is a tough journey in many ways but I am up for it. I just feel I need to do it. This is a very important part of yoga. Service. I hope this won’t be a one woman mission. I envision this being a community experience.
And please, please support me. If I reach this goal, I will go to India to represent Off the Mat, Into the World and see where our money is going and be able to speak from the heart about these great projects…and I am sure it will be a life changing experience that I hope to bring back to share with you.
The Global Seva Challenge, a program of Off the Mat, Into the World. Learn more at www.offthematintotheworld.org