#Yogathon2017 #practicewithpurpose

LY_back_bw_2013Being in the world is hard. This statement may sound oversimplified or woe-is-me, but when I look around at the various layers of struggle that exist on our planet, it emerges as a fundamental truth. With this being the case, we should all have access to tools for self care — but so many people don’t.

This is one of the reasons I teach yoga at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon’s sole Women’s-only prison in Wilsonville, OR and one of Living Yoga’s 23 partner sites. The populations my fellow teachers and I work with all face their own challenges — some might say greater than people living on the outside. And perhaps that’s true in a sense…. but also, maybe not.

Without getting into the value judgement of “my problem’s bigger than your problem” we have a choice to pause and recognize our shared humanity. Part of being a Living Yoga teacher is skillfully holding space for people, which gives rise to that common connection. When we suspend judgement and begin to notice our shared experience, we give each other permission to be as we are, creating an opening through which healing and change can enter. And each one of us can do this in our lives, in our own way, every day.

At their core, the women at Coffee Creek are no different than you or I. The unaddressed trauma, mental health challenges, and/or an overall lack of support they might be facing are circumstances that are just as likely to exist on the outside. We all face challenge at some time, to some degree — but the specifics of it aren’t what’s important.

We are living in a challenging time. Being in the world is hard. I think we can all agree with that. Please consider giving what you can to this organization that helps improve the lives of so many.

Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Many thanks for your support — no amount is too small — and don’t forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

P.S. – If you’ve donated in past years especially, give Living Yoga’s 2016 Impact Statement a read to learn what kind of results your donation helped make possible.



April = Yogathon

“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others…for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received and am still receiving.”

~Albert Einstein

It’s remarkable to note that we are more than halfway through April — in my world, a month that ushers in greater awareness and a celebration of the healing power of yoga.

I am participating in Living Yoga‘s 7th Annual Yogathon and would be honored to have your support as I raise money for this organization that’s taught me so much through granting me the privilege of bringing yoga into places the average person is never allowed to see. Places we generally don’t like to look as a society, but it is necessary to do so — because what are we here for, if not for “the sake of others”.

Here’s the link to my donation page where you can learn more about what I’m up to and give if you can – no amount is too small. I met my initial goal in record time this year and thus have boldly decided to double it, just to see what happens!

If you’re interested in viewing media that helps to contextualize, I recommend the following:

–  Noah’s Story
–  A sweet thank you from a former student at one of my teaching sites
–  The LY blog — illuminating stories from fellow teachers and a recent one from yours truly

Thank you all so much!