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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


"Having just opened Avani yoga, a new studio in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, we are offering a workshop about Finding a Center in the Midst of Chaos with Gabriel Halpern of Yoga Circle, Chicago and live music with world renown Kirtan Singer, Dave Stringer. This will take place Sunday, November 13th from 2-5pm. Proceeds will be donated to the Katrina victims. Yoga builds the emotional strength to handle not only the rigor of an ever-deepening personal practice, but to balance hat with skillful and compassionate response to the vast array of crises that continue to challenge our moment in history."


"All proceeeds from my guided meditation CD: "To Light a Candle: Meditations for Difficult Times", for the rest of 2005 go directly to the American Red Cross for Katrina Relief. The CD can be ordered at and CD Baby will send the money to the Red Cross. If you have a CD and want to sell it on CD Baby and do the same thing, go to and follow the directions for selling a CD and donating to charity."

Sarah Bates


"I was compelled to do something to help after watching the horrific events in the Gulf Coast unfold on TV. The purpose of these classes is to make an offering to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. 100% of the proceeds will go to the charitable organization that you choose from the list provided. The intention is to come together to open our hearts, our wallets and possibly even our hips! For complete details please visit our website:"

Katherine Schaefer
Anusara Yoga affiliate-Michigan


"As a certified Hatha Yoga teacher in Toronto, Canada, I'm sending thanks to my fellow Canadians who have donated to our neighbours south of the border in this time of crisis. Being far away from the disaster I still wanted to offer help. So I invited friends to my condo rooftop for yoga and a bbq, with each person contributing $20. Proceeds have gone to the Canadian Red Cross who are directing the funds to assist the victoms of hurricane Katrina. Every contribution, no matter how small, still makes a difference!"

Karin Comstock


"On Saturday, Jasmine Yoga held a Yoga and a Smoothie Class benefit. All participants were encouraged to make a donation of their choice to Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, or Veteran's for Peace. Hats with signs and information for each non-profit organization were laid out on a table, and all smoothie proceeds also went to Veterans for Peace. Here is our email announcemnent which went out, if anyone would like to set up a similar event, I am happy to share the soft copy of the flyer and the text of the email."



"Here in England our thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved in this disaster."

Jean George
Yoga Teacher and Complementary Therapies Practitioner


"We are planning a Spiritual Yoga fund raiser in my small town of Farmingdale NJ. My local Catholic Church, St. Catherine of Siena has offer their Parish Center hall free of charge and I have 3 yoga teachers lined up, including myself, that are donating their time to teach a yoga class on Friday Sept. 30th. We are not only sending any collected funds to help the Katrina Victims, through the Salvation Army, but we are planning on sending some great Karma to all the survivors to raise the vibration of hope and peace to all those devestated by this tragic event."

Terry Kelly

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