Give Adventures + Give Back
A little over a year and a half ago, I became a lululemon Ambassador, and when you're brought on board as an ambassador, some amazing people sit down with you and walk you through creating visions and setting goals. It's beautiful - and during that time, I realized that I wanted to be using my voice and platform as a yoga instructor to somehow help others. I wanted to also gather people who were somewhat in my shoes, with a background similar to mine, and journey with them into new experiences that opened our eyes and hearts,
I got a glimpse of this when I co-lead my last retreat to Dominica.
Dominica is a beautiful island in the southern Caribbean and it's remained so beautiful because not too many people go there. There are some wild parts to the jungles that still haven't been explored and it's literally a breath of fresh air. Because it's so secluded, it's difficult for the schools to get the simple school supplies that we are lucky to easily get here. So, we asked everyone coming on our retreat to bring some supplies so we could donate to the local schools, and everyone was more than happy to bring something. When we arrived at the school, the response from the kids was so overwhelming that I had to hold back tears. I'd never witnessed kids so grateful to receive school supplies before.
Anyway, fast forward to a few months later: I ran into my friend Jordan, who I hadn't seen in a while. She told me she had started up a nonprofit called Souljourn Yoga where she organizes yoga retreats to developing countries and visits places where girls' education is either underdeveloped or nonexistent. Amazing, right? Jordan is basically a badass and will head out to a specific country, connect with an organization that's working on helping girls, organize a yoga retreat (so there's yoga/meditation every day) that takes the retreat participants around beautiful parts of the county, and sets up a day where they can visit the girls. The coolest part is that a percentage of each participants' retreat fee goes directly to the organization and is tax deductible. Beautiful, huh?
I loved the concept so much and asked how I could help. We collaborated with a few amazing healers, artists, and teachers around NYC and set up a fundraiser for one of the organizations Jordan's been working with. It was sweet because often, we go to these countries to have our eyes opened to what life is like outside of our box, and then when we get back home, we either kind of forget what we saw or we just get frustrated because we can't help them from where we are. We plan on making these events on-going and constant!
If you want to learn more, check out Souljourn Yoga, come to one of our events, and/or come on one of the amazing retreats! I'm actually co-leading the one to Peru this coming May 2017. What better season to educate ourselves on organizations that give back?
All info is up on my events page and also on my retreats page!