On Saturday, June 1, 2013 you can take a donation yoga class from a plethora of studios in Los Angeles participating in Room to Read’s Global Yoga Benefit, Namaste World!, and you’ll be helping to support girls education around the world.
Room to Read, selflessly started in 1999 by former Microsoft executive John Wood, has been building libraries and schools in villages across the continents of Asia and Africa in an effort to increase literacy rates and improve the lives of children and generations to come. Utilizing local talent and resources they even publish books in the kids’ local languages. Through the tireless work of Room to Read trained teachers, kids are becoming literate in both their native tongues and English to keep them connected and enabled to join a world-wide conversation. Room to Read also works closely with the communities to get them involved in the process; from getting on board with the concept, to constructing the “rooms to read” with hammer and nail, to developing self-sustaining programs that keep the libraries and schools running strong and successfully. And, the efforts are proving to fair well. Kids are not just learning how to read, but forming the habit of reading and becoming empowered to affect great change in their own right. With libraries going up faster than Starbuck’s opened outlets at their same period of growth, the work of Room to Read seems to be unstoppable!
This year the proceeds from Namaste World! yoga day will boost Room to Read Girls’ Education Program. Research has shown that educating girls has a profound effect on eradicating global poverty and improving people’s lives. Room to Read cites, “Finishing secondary school leads to smaller, healthier families, lower HIV infection rates, and higher wages. Educated women are more likely to educate their own children – ending the cycle of illiteracy in one generation.” The Girls Education program also provides close mentorship to help the girls work through cultural and emotional challenges they may face along the way, inherent in being part of the first educated generation in their developing countries.
Support the continuation of Room to Read’s momentum by taking an hour or so on June 1 to stretch, strengthen and lengthen your body, mind and spirit at any of the yoga studios in LA participating in Namaste World! Yoga Day. You might find a new fabulous studio or teacher and you’ll be investing in girl’s education in Asia and Africa at the same time! You’ll even get to indulge in lovely sips of tea donated by The Republic of Tea!
Hustle & Flow Fitness, a new favorite of mine, is a boutique fitness studio that offers the hustle of high-powered drench-inciting spin classes with powerfully peaceful yoga classes. The studio on Abbot Kinney in Venice will no doubt be offering an incredible experience for all that participate in their 12:30-1:30 p.m. Vinyasa class.
Forward Fold, a beautiful brand new yoga studio in Encino, will be hosting a level one to two class with owner and yogi extraordinaire Matt Bedrosian at 9:00-10:30 a.m. You might have seen the majestic picture of Matt in the Studio City Lululemon store while striking a pose in a beautifully lit outdoor landscape. It shows his inner peace and grace, which you can be graced with on June 1st, should you choose.
Black Dog Yoga in Sherman Oaks will be hosting an incredible class in one of its multitude of tranquil studios from 12:00-1:00 by the dynamic duo of Natalie Bennett and Anne Clendening. The instructors at Black Dog Yoga guide their students with impecible skill and ease. This class will certainly raise your awareness and ability.
Yogis Anonymous‘ Ally Hamilton will be teaching two full hours of yoga, complete with a silent yogi auction and healthy snacks. The “spirit of play” that this Santa Monica studio embraces may just bring forth an open smile as you twist and turn your way toward the fabulous center of you. Join this joyous community of yogis at Yogis Anonymous from 12:00-3:00 p.m.
The Hub Yoga Studio will be hosting a whopping three classes at their multi-dimensional healing arts studio in West LA all taking place from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Offering an integrated approach through mental, emotional and spiritual modalities, The Hub is poised to engage all elements of you.
You can end your Namaste World! yoga day with perfection by listening to Hindu Monk and Huffington Post writer Gadadhara Pandit Dasa give a talk on “The Intersection of Science and Religion.” (Place and time to be announced.)
Learn about new studios joining Namaste World! Room to Read’s Global Yoga Benefit or get your own studio on board by joining the Namaste World! Facebook page, and plan to make a difference in the lives of children!