Help the Seva Foundation raise awareness and funds to prevent blindness around the world. Host or attend a yoga class near you for its Fourth Annual Yoga for Sight benefit.
Yoga students and studios around the country can join the Seva Foundation's annual international Yoga for Sight benefit by offering classes to encourage reflection on the sense of sight. Studios can help bring awareness to blindness around the world with special offerings like yoga classes in the dark, blindfolded classes, guest speakers, or short film screenings.
Funds raised through Yoga for Sight provide eye exams, eyeglasses, and medical care to restore sight for children and adults living in impoverished countries, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Nepal, Tibet, and Native American communities in the United States. Globally, 39 million people are blind, and another 246 million suffer from low vision. The World Health Organization estimates that 80 percent of blindness and low vision can be prevented or cured. For every $50 raised through Yoga for Sight events, a person in need will have their eyesight restored.
“Seva was founded on the principle of putting compassion into action by supporting programs that prevent blindness and restore sight in impoverished communities around the world. Yoga for Sight came to be because the practice of yoga is rooted in compassion and empathy for self and others. It’s a natural fit, and we’ve found that students and teachers who participate in Yoga for Sight events gain personal insights in addition to providing essential funds for Seva’s sight-saving services around the world,” says Andrea Sharkey, Development Coordinator for the Seva Foundation.
Nearly 70 yoga studios in 22 states and 7 countries have taken part in Yoga for Sight, raising nearly $60,000 to support Seva’s sight-saving programs in more than 20 countries around the world. Thanks to the generosity and compassion of Yoga for Sight participants, Seva is able to provide vital sight-saving eye care to nearly 1 million people in need each year.
“Many yoga practitioners have a personal commitment to promote compassion in the world and deepen their connection with the global community. This event gives the opportunity for practitioners and instructors to do both, and to support an organization that is doing important work around the world.”
Event at a Glance
An international yoga benefit to prevent blindness
Nationwide and worldwide. Find a studio or sign up to host an event near you
Varies, depending on studio and classes offered
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