August 22, 2012
“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” ~Mother Teresa
Today’s post is about giving; giving back, and giving to your community. When we decided on the location of extendYoga we LOVED the space. It was open and provided a clean slate for us to build out our dream studio. Once we moved in, we took a walk and introduced ourselves to our neighbors. It was on that walk that we found the Interfaith Works Women’s Shelter. We immediately felt a need to be involved.
It started with a simple fundraiser. We planned a donation based class in January, and all the proceeds went to buying high efficiency laundry detergent – something the shelter was in dire need of.
We then realized that the women at the shelter could greatly benefit from yoga, and we decided to teach a yoga class for them. Since January, we’ve been teaching these women once a week (even the flood didn’t stop us!). It has been so amazing to work with such a great group of women, who go through so much in their daily lives, yet still manage to make it to their mat to get some time to work on themselves, their body, and their mind. While we love seeing their faces every week, it’s when they stop coming to class that makes us the most happy. This means (in almost all cases), that they’ve gotten a job and moved out on their own. We’re so thankful to be involved with such a great organization. (you can read more here)
Today, we (extendYoga and Interfaith Works) were filmed for News Channel 8, and its airing tonight (Wednesday, August 22 at 10pm EST)!! We’re thrilled to have publicity around something that means so much to the studio. Be sure to check it out if you live in the MD/VA/DC area. (update: here’s the link to the story)
If you’d like to learn more about InterFaith works you can check out their website here.
Donating your time, or money/supplies is an easy way to give back to your community. If you’re in the Rockville area you can check out this website to learn about ways to help.