Rise to the Challenge

Paloma Chavez

DC_Seva-Challange.JPGPoverty is all around us. Perhaps some of us are fortunate enough not to have it right on our doorstep, but we’ve all seen and read about the devastating conditions that many people live in. And I’m sure, like me, you’ve often wondered what you – as only one person – can do to help alleviate all this suffering.

There are so many opportunities to get involved in making a positive difference in people’s lives – and one way is by participating in the “Fire and Grace Yoga Ritual and Kirtan Dance” with Suzanne Sterling, Hala Khouri and friends on November 29 at the Santa Monica Power Yoga West studio. Guest teachers Suzanne and Hala are two of the three founders (the third one being Seane Corn) of Off the Mat, Into the World, a program that encourages yoginis to become active in their local and global community. Off the Mat, Into the World aims “to inspire and guide you to find and define your purpose and become active in your local or global community in an effective, sustainable and joyful way.”

The special gathering on November 29 will be a fundraiser for the Off the Mat, Into the World organization. Yoginis are invited by the organizers of the event to “celebrate an amazing year of unification and activation across the yoga community” through prayer and asana, which will be accompanied by live, melodic music and joyful kirtan dance.

Why not add your support by participating in the “Fire and Grace” event on November 29? It will be held from 8 pm to 11 pm, and a suggested $15 donation would be appreciated.

For those of you who are interested in making a further commitment, Off the Mat, Into the World is also offering yoginis an opportunity “to become a leader while saving lives” by accompanying Suzanne and Seane as they embark on their Cambodia Challenge 2008. This project combines yoga with a leadership training course and includes a trip to one of the poorest areas in the world – the garbage dumps of Cambodia, where children forage for scraps just to survive. Participants will be guided through daily yoga practice with Seane and Suzanne, and will then be given an opportunity to work with the Cambodia Children’s Fund Mission in improving the lives of children through education, health care and vocational training.

If you’re interested in participating in this empowering and rewarding experience, check out the following website for more information: Cambodia Challenge 2008.
[tags]Cambodia challenge, Poverty, off the mat, Cambodian children, saving kids, Cambodia Children’s Fund Mission, yoga for saving lives[/tags]

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