#GivingTuesday: 7 Ways Yogis Can Help Victims of Recent Natural Disasters - Yoga Journal

#GivingTuesday: 7 Ways Yogis Can Help Victims of Recent Natural Disasters

In honor of the season of giving, we’re highlighting some yoga-based relief efforts that are mindfully helping rebuild—from Sonoma County to San Juan.
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This year, natural disasters around the globe reminded us of how fragile good fortune is—from wildfires in Northern California and flooding in Southeast Asia to earthquakes in Mexico and storms in the Southeast. The Atlantic hurricane season alone was the worst ever on record, causing more than $200 billion in damages and displacing hundreds of thousands of people in the Caribbean and in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and more. (And it’s not over yet; hurricane season technically ends November 30.) This #givingtuesday and holiday season, let’s not forget those who will be rebuilding their lives and homes long after the headlines fade. Yogis and conscious business owners around the country are rallying to raise money for disaster victims. Here are seven mindfulness events you can attend. None in your area? Simply head straight to the websites of the charities they benefit.

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1. Vinyasa and coffee for Puerto Rico

November 27, 2017
8–9 p.m. EST
Fuel America
Boston, MA

Two months after Hurricane Maria ripped through the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is still in crisis. According to news reports, less than half of the island has power and one in 10 Puerto Ricans lacks access to potable water. This donation-based vinyasa class at Fuel America, a hipster coffee joint in Boston, will direct healing vibes to this U.S. territory, but more importantly, it will direct cash to ComPRmetidos, a grassroots project based in Puerto Rico that is working on connecting historically marginalized communities to much-needed resources for recovery.

2. Family yoga for Texas

December 2, 2017
1–2 p.m. EST
Move It Studio
Lititz, PA

The mess Hurricane Harvey left in the Southeast, particularly Texas, affected nearly 13 million people. Move It Studio will offer donation-based Family Yoga for the rest of the year in support of Hurricane Harvey victims. Contributions will be funneled to Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategy, an organization that provides emergency assistance to people with disabilities, and the Texas Diaper Bank, which helps to change the lives of thousands of babies, seniors, and the disabled.

3. Move for Puerto Rico

December 2, 2017
12:30-3:30 p.m. EST
New York Health & Racquet Club
New York, NY

Move for Puerto Rico, at the New York Health & Racquet Club, will pair indoor cycling with yoga and move all of the proceeds to

United for Puerto Rico, which provides aid and support to those affected by the impact of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

4. Sound Off yoga for San Juan

December 9, 2017
11 a.m.–2 p.m. EST
INDUSTRIA
Brooklyn, NY

Mind Body Dance Party, an event organization specializing in whole-body healing movement experiences, will join forces with Sound Off Experience and Direct Relief, to bring power vinyasa flow and a dance party to the masses and medical supplies to Puerto Rico.

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5. Conscious business for Northern California

December 14, 2017
9 p.m.–12 a.m. PST
WeWork Mid-Market
San Francisco, CA

The wildfires that swept through Northern California in October destroyed an estimated 3,000 homes. Conscious Capitalism’s Bay Area end-of-year party will feature a sneak peak of Raj Sisodia’s most recent project about healing organizations and donate proceeds to Undocufund—fire relief for undocumented immigrants who live and work in Sonoma County. Sisodia is one of the founders of the movement to use mindful business to elevate people out of poverty.

6. Pop-up yoga for the Florida Keys

December 16, 2017
1–4 p.m. EST
Crane Point Museums & Nature Center
Marathon, Florida

September’s Hurricane Irma left a path of destruction throughout Florida, causing more than $19 billion in damages and hitting the Keys the hardest. House of Intuition, an event production company specializing in pop-up yoga, has partnered with local businesses and global companies to create #ahimsana—what House of Intuition creators Jenna Guadagni and Lauren Angueira describe as “a physical and spiritual donation-based relief initiative to assist those impacted by the storm.” As part of the #ahimsana project, the Miami-based duo travel to the Keys regularly to teach yoga and distribute donated gifts.

7. Strala yoga and stress management for Puerto Rico

December 16, 2017
10 a.m.–12 p.m. EST
Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center
New York, NY

Join in for an hour of Strala Yoga followed by a stress-resilience workshop—an end-of-year necessity no matter where you live. All proceeds will to the Foundation for Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria relief efforts.

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