#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.