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Connect in Compassion

Yoga teachers and practitioners from around the country want to help the victims of Katrina. Rather than feel hopeless, many yogis and yoginis are putting their compassion into action.

By YJ Staff

Teachers are donating class fees to charity and collecting goods for food banks, as well as devising ways to help flood-afflicted yoga studios eventually rebuild their businesses. If you or your studio have been affected by the disaster or are planning your own effort to help Katrina survivors, tell us about it, and we’ll post it on our site to help you coordinate with like-minded yogis.

compassion in action

"I am doing a free yoga class at an art gallery in Houston to raise money for those affected by Katrina. I am the only certified jivamukti teacher in the city and will be teaching an inspiring, compassionate, strengthing class in this style. We will have a live dj and will be asking for donations to benefit local groups who are assisting this disaster, rather than just giving money to the Red Cross. If you would like more information, please let me know."

sarah jahnelle


"houston, tx's only jivamukti teacher will be holding a benefit yoga class with live dj to raise money for those effected by katrina. if you are interested in doing a small piece about this in upcoming editions, please contact sarah jahnelle at"


"Katrina Relief Yoga Retreat: Marco Island, Florida. October 8th, 2005
Join together to send intentions of Healing and Strength across the Gulf of Mexico during a Yoga and Sunset Meditation on Saturday, October 8th, 2005 at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Front

Class begins at 5:30 pm and ends at Sunset approximately 7:05 pm.

Japanese scientist MASARU EMOTO, author of “Hidden Messages In Water”, has proven through revolutionary research that molecules of water are affected by our thoughts, words and feelings.

Come with thoughts and feelings of peace and healing and together we can make a difference.

Suggested Donation: $20 per person. All proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity Katrina Relief. We can help rebuild. It starts with intention. Take the intention further and offer your practice to elevate the energy of the GULF COAST during FULL THREE DAY Yoga Workshop October 6th-8th MARCO ISLAND MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA.

Space is limited for three day workshop. Sign up available for individual days. Hotel Rooms available at discounted group rate. Call 866 769 6881 for information on workshop schedule and how to register."


"After watching the disturbing images stroll by my TV screen my sister and I sat helpless and crying. What can we do?, we said as we sat in our comfortable kitchen eating. My sister and yoga partner sprang into action. She called a local yoga studio and asked to hold a charity yoga class to raise money for habitat for humanity to help those in need of putting their lives back together. We are proud to announce that we will be holding this yoga class at Yogani, on Platt St. in Tampa Fl on Sat.18th at 5:00pm all donations are greatly appreciated. Everyone counts."

om shanti,
Kathy Ran


"Three studios in North Lake Tahoe have come together to help raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Yoga Space, The Tahoe Yoga and Wellness Center and Bikram Yoga Tahoe will be offering Karma Yoga classes throughout the month on October. Each studio will be offering 6 classes throughout the month for donation only. Each studio will have their specific Karma Yoga classes on their website in the next couple of weeks.

The Yoga Space -
The Tahoe Yoga and Wellness Center --
Bikram Yoga Tahoe --

Thank you for bringing us all together, and letting us know what others are doing to help."

Julie Ness

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