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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


"I wanted to let you know that on Saturday, Sept. 10th, Mark Blanchard's Power Yoga will offer all day donation yoga to the Red Cross. The address is:

4344 Tujunga Ave., Studio City, CA.


Please check the website for the schedule."

Michele Ringler


"I teach classes in Durham, N.C., including a Wednesday afternoon class at 5:30, at the Woodcroft Professional Center. During the month of September, my Wednesday class fees will be donated to the American Red Cross. The class is at 5:30, and a donation of at least $10.00 is appreciated. Class is limited to 15 due to limited space. I am a certified yoga teacher, registered with the Yoga Alliance and teach a Vinyasa Flow class appropriate for beginner-intermediate level students.

Email me or call at (919) 599-4409 if interested."

Anne Constable


"I am the President of The Yoga Association of Houston ( In response to the overwhelming needs of the victims of Hurricane Katrina, I have contacted many of the major suppliers of yoga props with a suggestion to create means to help yoga teachers and studios rebuild their businesses and their practices once they return to their homes in Louisiana and Mississippi...

I suggested that suppliers make props available at cost to people in the affected areas. I also suggested that teachers, studios and associations in other parts of the country could adopt a studio, teacher or association in the affected area. Funds could be raised for a particular recipient to buy props or whatever was needed."

Suzy Shapiro


"YOGAFIT INC has made a donation to the American Red Cross for the hurricane relief fund. In the spirit of helping our fellow man, cat, dog and other living beings, YOGAFIT encourages you to do what you can to help out; be it teaching a class and donating the proceeds to a humanitarian organization, putting a box in your studio to collect non-perishables for the local food shelf, or making a cash donation.

The week of Sept 12 will be YOGA FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS WEEK - We encourage you all to teach classes and donate the proceeds to the American Red Cross during this week."

Amy McDowell CFO / Beth Shaw Founder / YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide, Inc.

the yoga community reacts

"I live in Israel, and I wish to donate some of my yoga class fees and of other teachers. Who can I send the money to?"


"Unfortunately, at this time, I am unable to leave my hometown to assist directly with disaster relief. Although I have difficulty maintaining a regular meditation practice, I find myself thinking about the families involved -- those who were directly affected, and those who have volunteering memmbers -- and my thoughts and prayers go out to you all!

We all may not be able to directly assist; but sometimes knowing that others are thinking of you (or praying for you, depending on religious beliefs) can help you to know that you are not alone in your present journey. My best to all involved -- at home or on the front-lines -- and thank you for caring."


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