Lately I have been spending most of my free time building a little yoga business, that will I hope will inspire a sense of connection and empowerment for those who are involved. My days have been spent creating logo’s, scouting locations, designing websites, social media, organizing insurance, council permits, writing eBooks – the whole process is enough to make a girl fall into an exhausted child’s pose on a yoga mat and stay there for the afternoon!
While I’ve been light-heartedly indulging in my first world problems… the people of Nepal were struck by a devastating natural disaster. The 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit 80km from Kathmandu and the reported death toll nears 8000 (Daily Mail Australia, 2015). In addition to the fatalities, millions of Nepalese people have been made homeless and it’s estimated that a total of 8 million people have been affected. These are BIG numbers and according to The Red Cross, there is a supply and demand problem… everyone is in need.
Yoga is a Sanskrit word for union and one of the many reasons that yoga practice and philosophy resonates so strongly with me, is the amazing community and connection that it seems to inspire. All over the world, people are coming together to create awareness and motivate social change. Take MC Yogi, an American Hip Hop Musician and Yogi who heard about the Nepalese Earthquake and immediately began thinking about what he could do to help. Thinking big, he used social media to encourage his network to join him, in staging a worldwide yoga benefit called ‘Namaste Nepal’. The benefit will raise money to donate to charities and directly help the support, relief and recovery programs of the region.
‘Namaste Nepal’ is set to take place on the weekend of the 27th and the 28th June 2015. It is a yoga event that will contribute toward the rebuilding of displaced Nepalese people homes and infrastructure. The exciting news for my local community, is that alongside Lush Mala Beads, Varsha Yoga and Sunshine Coast Meditation Group, The Yoga Sessions will be hosting a community fund raiser with all proceeds being donated to ‘The Red Cross, Nepal Region Earthquake Appeal’. It will be a great morning of yoga, music and meditation dedicated to the people of Nepal.
While I am excited to build my own yoga business, the ‘to do list’ has been put on hold for now, while I focus on a cause that is much bigger than myself. Although I’m still scouting locations, organizing insurance, creating social media content etc, it’s for the people of Nepal. I’m working in collaboration with some amazing men and women who are committed to taking yoga off the mat and using it to help those who need it most. If our event can help even one earthquake affected person in Nepal, then it is a success.
The word Namaste is used in Nepal and in yoga communities. Loosely translated it is an acknowledgement that we are all connected. What affects one, affects the whole. So lets work together to create a sense of connection and empowerment not just locally, but globally and assist those who need it most.