Do 108 Sun Salutations to Raise Money for a Family in Need.
December 21st, 2014
at the original goodpoint,
73 Calyer Street
12 – 12.30p Dedication Meditation
12.30 – 2.30p 108 Sun Salutations
Seasonally on the Solstice or Equinox, goodyoga offers an opportunity for goodyogis to support the goodfund* by committing, like Student of the Month, Carlos Escobar, to a life altering, mind wowing, heart massaging 2 hour challenge that will change your practice for better forever in ways you may imagine but can only experience first hand.
12 repetitions of 8 Surya Namaskar A followed by 1 Surya Namaskar B = 108 Vinyasas
Remarkably, even beginners can do this. We’ll teach you modifications as our monthly focus.
Scroll down to find the Sponsorship form. Simply send the link to this page to your friends and family, post on your social media outlets and that’s it! We’ll take care of collecting the donations. You just have to show up and do as many sun salutations as you can…you’ll likely surprise yourself. Most participants do.
Our Friends in Kolkata
A few days before we left India this past October we met a family on Sudder Street in Kolkata.
Arthi and her 2 sons live on the street in the elements begging for their food. Her daughter lives in a free boarding school for girls, but this option is not available to boys until they are 7 years old. By that time, most of them are begging, stealing, drinking or otherwise losing the innocence that Western children are afforded as a basic human right.
Arthi is 24 and speaks English well, having earned an education in a free school for girls until her mother fell ill. Arthi left school at 17 to tend to her dying mother’s care in the slums of Kolkata.
A kind young man wooed her by bringing food for her mother. He married her, against his father’s wishes (Arthi was born Hindu and converted to Catholicism while her husband is Muslim).
Her husband’s affinity for alcohol lost them their home. He is rarely seen on Sudder Street these days…
Arthi works as much as she is able, but with her boys not in school, she is limited in her options. Ray and I attempted to enroll the boys in the local private school (there are no public schools to speak of…).
Though we offered to shoulder the considerable expense ourselves ($1400 per year, per boy), we were disappointed to find that they require an address to be enrolled. While they sleep on the same patch of sidewalk each night, the Catholic School did not find this to be an adequate residence.
Our days spent with Arthi and her family were the most precious of our entire trip. Her generosity, resilience and devoted protection of her children moved us in ways we can’t explain with words. Only actions will do.
Having discussed her situation at length and with the principal of The Loretto Day School, where Bulbul, Arthi’s daughter, lives and learns, we have determined that the purchase of a humble home would advance her situation tremendously. For approximately $1000, Arthi and her boys can have a small roof over their heads. They won’t have any plumbing and the floor will be dirt, but they will have a lightbulb that the boys can see their homework by.
With a home, Arthi will be free to conduct a small home business, cooking meals for her neighbors. With the boys in school, she’ll be able to work outside the home, as well, washing dishes and keeping house.
Of course the poverty found in Kolkata is legendary and the solution is elusive. We can’t save everyone, but we can help … quite easily, in fact.
About $3000 can change the lives of this family forever. I’m sure most of us were given exponentially more financial support by our families, but Arthi was born into very different circumstances.
Previous good108′s have earned over $1000 at a time for charities like the Fistula Foundation and Apne Ap. Now we have 3 studios full of goodyogis eager to take advantage of their healthy bodies and the generosity of friends and families. We can easily make the undreamable a reality. Afford this family a life of dignity and right livlihood. After all, there but for the grace of god go we.
If you’d like to help, but can’t participate, you can choose to sponsor a goodyoga teacher of your choice.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu