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RYYO update

April 8, 2009 by claire
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Ottawa’s Radha Yoga Youth Outreach program is ever growing into light!  The staff and volunteers at RYYO have created a new website and blog, and are currently planning their first annual yogathon fundraiser.  Read on to learn more and see an inspiring video featuring interviews with young students.

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To their beautiful new website the folks at RYYO have added a blog, with reflections and news from the program and those involved.  The most recent post is from Evelyn Hadican, who recently volunteered to drive RYYO teachers to their classes during the two-month long Ottawa transit strike this winter, and was invited to sit in on some classes. She reflected:

Volunteering to drive the youth teachers to their classes opened doors to a new world of change for me. I saw what I’ve always wanted to see in action: people sharing a passion for making a difference, not for their own benefit, but simply being open to giving what is needed. Special-needs children and their teachers brought yoga to life by bringing forth qualities–peace, happiness, fun, courage, grace, and confidence to look into the face of fear and apathy and do something about it. read more…

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The RYYO staff have also recently announced the first annual Radha Yoga Youth Outreach Yoga-thon, which aims to bring together Ottawa’s yoga community in support of a great cause.  On June 6th and 7th, yoga studios across Ottawa will be participate by offering classes by donation in support of the continuation of RYYO’s programs.  Program co-ordinator Jessica Earle-Meadows writes:

“RYYO aims to bring Light to youth who experience the most darkness. In these tight economic times, our Light as a community needs to shine more brightly. In fact, this fundraiser was born of the news that the Community Foundation of Ottawa will not be giving out grants for our 2009-10 program year due to the current financial climate, which means a $10,000 loss for RYYO in the upcoming year. We¹re looking to turn this negative into a positive by bringing together our vibrant and inspiring community to make a difference, one class at a time.”

If you are in or near Ottawa, you are warmly invited to come out on June 6th & 7th to lend your support by participating in the Yogathon!  For more information on how you can otherwise get involved, please contact Jessica at  yogaforyouth@ca.inter.net







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  1. This is so very inspiring to see how Swami Radha’s teachings can move between generations and grow into cities with the enthusiasm of such dedicated teachers in Ottawa. I am so impressed.

    Comment by marlene — April 8, 2009 @ 6:37 pm

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