There's been a huge surge in the number of yoga events to support worthwhile causes. Back in the day you'd often see a running event linked to a cause (think "race for a cure"). You still do and it's wonderful, but to someone like me -- a person who doesn't run unless chased (what can I say -- I think running is a bit too rough on the body and I don't partake, despite claims of runner's high by friends and running fanatics) -- I'd much rather do good by unfurling my mat. Today more than ever there's a chance to do just that -- do good through yoga.
Before I launch into a few good causes and some very cool resources, I just want to caveat this post by saying this: In addition to all of the wonderful yoga events out there that are brining about change, I believe in the sentiment behind Gandhi's little-known (wink!) quote "We must become the change we want to see in the world." [ A big thanks to Leo's Zen Habits blog for providing me with the inspiration for this post ] Call me idealistic but I firmly believe that practicing yoga off the mat can change the world, even if it's only your small corner of it. That said, it doesn't mean that I don't like to downdog for a good cause...
The end of September (the 27th to be exact) marks the Yoga Aid Challenge across America. The idea, which was hatched in Australia, is simple (and quite wonderful) -- practice yoga and raise money for local charities. Yoga Aid events are happening across America and all over the world. If you'd like to sponsor and/or participate in an event, click here for more info.
Tomorrow yogini and activist Seane Corne will be interviewed on American Public Media. The topic -- yoga, of course. Actually, the interview goes a bit deeper then that and discusses yoga in action. You can listen in via podcast live or you can catch the recording. Click here for more info. (while you're there, check out the awesome conversation with author and yoga teacher Matthew Sanford -- his story and his words are simply amazing!).
I've spoken a bit about practice and action in this post, but what about the power of intention? The upcoming Peace Intention Experiment is going to explore this very topic by embarking on a series
of scientific studies to determine whether ‘group mind’ has the power
to increase peace and cooperation in war-torn areas around the world
experiencing high levels of conflict and violence. You can learn more and get involved by clicking here.
Whether you're on your mat or off, rest assured that you can make a difference (all you have to do is take the lead from Gandhi and be the change). Isn't that a good feeling?