Yoga 4 All Foundation
Organized by: Carol Daugherty
EVENT DATE Jul 17, 2015
I traveled to Bali in 2013 and 2014 and the thing that struck me the most within hours of landing in Denpasar was the air of gratitude and graciousness from the people of Bali. Everything from the salutation of pressed palms and a small bow, to the daily ritual of incense and flowers to thank the gods for all they have, cultivated an energy that was truly healing and something I felt fully from within.
During my first trip, I met Rui who is a native Indonesian. She is honest, extremely intelligent, funny, caring, and truly engaging. We became fast friends. One day in our many conversations we got on the subject of yoga and she shared how rewarding the practice had been and how meditation helped her through some difficult situations in her life. She also revealed that she practices mostly at home because classes were out of reach financially.
I learned that this was the case for most Balinese people. The typical Balinese salary is between $10-$20 USD per day when the average cost of one yoga class is $15-$20 USD making it not financially feasible for formal training. Knowing that Bali is considered a yoga mecca to most yogis around the world, I was shocked to learn this. After that initial conversation, it was not lost on me that there were no Indonesian students or instructors in any of the classes my travel companions and I attended. We chatted with locals all over the island who expressed genuine interest in practicing. They were curious as to what it was about the combination of their land, culture and yoga that brought so many people there to have a ‘spiritual experience’.
This struck a major cord with me. I was astonished that in a place where so many others reap the benefits of the practice, the land and the culture the Balinese people weren’t a part of that healing experience for themselves. Rui and I want to change that. She and I feel strongly about the need for a yoga studio by the people and for the people of Bali. She also wants to share this gift of yoga with her family and friends. She is hoping to open Griya Yoga Studio (Griya means “Home” in Indonesian) in the summer of 2015. Griya will offer all classes by donation only.
Therefore, there will be no monetary obstacles to attend yoga classes. This is why the “Yoga For All Foundation” was created. I want the people of Bali and others like them from around the world to be afforded the opportunity of experiencing the healing properties of yoga and meditation the way I have.
Therefore, the first yoga studio that Yoga 4 All will be sponsoring is Griya Yoga. Please join me in making a donation to my organization so that we can get this first project off the ground. Griya Yoga will need approximately $25,000 to support this project for one year. I know with your help, this project can come to fruition. Thank you for your support. Carol