Vandana Bali via Crowdrise
June 28, 2014
Dear friends and family,
As you know, I have been an active yogini for more than 10 years. For me, yoga has transformed my life. Not just the asana (physical practice) but also the "other" parts of Ashtanga yoga including self-study (swadhyaya), to not injure (ahimsa), contentment (santosha), truthfulness (satya) and breath awareness (pranayama). There's still a lifetime of "yoga" to learn and I am thoroughly enjoying the journey.
Now, if you read the papers and look at the violence today in our nations classrooms, you might be shaking your heads and wondering what the heck has our society come to? So, there are some very simple things we can do that can help our children find ways to cope with growing up and all that means in today's world where parents are strapped for time and money as are school systems.
Sometimes, simple solutions can seem, well, so simple! I invite you to learn more about how something as simple as yoga in schools (the Bay Area Headstand program), especially in schools for underprivileged students, can help act as a tool to allow children to learn how to manage and reduce their own stress and find ways to cope with growing up in today's complicated world.
As you may know, one in five children in the Bay Area is affected by poverty. Headstand, established in 2008, has served some 5,000 children through classes taught as a mandatory part of the curriculum at public schools in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, and San Lorenzo. Headstand provides yoga and mindfulness classes as part of K-12 curriculum in low-income Bay Area schools. The yoga and mindfulness classes that Headstand provides have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety while improving self-esteem, readiness to learn, self-control, and focus. Together we can reverse the toxic effects that stress has on young children.
My goal is to raise a minimum of $1,000 for headstand's work by May 30, 2014.
I will be participating in a yoga fundraiser on May 31 in San Francisco at the Mindful Body Yoga studio (led by my friend and awesome yoga teacher, Deborah Burkman) and will practice yoga for 108 minutes. I invite you to support me and donate .50 per minute. That's $54 or whatever amount you can afford. No donation is too small or too large :-)
Thank you in advance for supporting more mindfulness in our schools. Our children deserve the opportunity to learn ways to manage their own stress. If you so choose, please share my email with your friends so that they may also have the option to make a donation towards this worthy cause.
In good health.