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Giving 108 Sun Salutations

December 22, 2007 by Lightwaves

sunsal_group.jpgJanuary 6, 2008 marks the third annual 108 Sun Salutations for the Young Adult Program.

The excitement is building towards this year’s 108 Sun Salutation fundraiser event. Why the excitement, you may ask. For me it comes from knowing that the money that we earn through pledges and donations will go towards an opportunity for young people aged 18-30 that has been positively changed many people’s lives.

Since 1995 the Ashram has opened it’s doors to young adults from all over the world to experience a very different way of living, working and interacting with others and themselves. Young people are invited to learn about themselves through the spiritual practices of Hatha yoga, meditation, mantra, and especially selfless service, which is what the Yasodhara Ashram is founded on.

sunsal_eric.jpgAt a crucial time of self-exploration we are given the space and support they need in order to discover more awareness and appreciation for who we truly are. For Aya Hiruma from Tokyo Japan, the Young Adult Program has been invaluable. She says, “I’ve learned many new things at the Ashram, especially to live in the moment, for myself and in to work in harmony with others.”

The best part? Through donations entirely, these people are able to stay without charge, making the program open to anyone wishing to take part. Over the past 5 or 6 years, Eric Burton from Queens Bay, British Columbia has continued to return to the Ashram for karma yoga or courses. He said, “At times fading from the audible ear but never from the heart. The teachings are profound and have touched me at a core level, inviting me to clearly see the elements of life and listen to my dreams. Hari Om.”

One of the ways that the young adults have been helping in raising funds themselves is the annual 108 Sun Salutations fundraiser, which takes place on January 6, 2008 for the 3rd time running. The Yoga Development Course and the Young Adult Program sound like a clear chime in the night.

The past two years have brought in close to $10,000 and we hope to keep this number growing, but we need your help! The Ashram is one place where the Sun Salutations will take place, but the opportunity is open to anyone, anywhere. Either by setting up your own event and doing the sun salutations within your community, doing the sun salutations alone or with a friend, or by pledging or making a donation to a participant here at the Ashram, you too can be a part of this wonderful cause.

Bring in the New Year with a spirit of giving and join us January 6 for 108!!

From the Young Adults – past, present and future – of Yasodhara Ashram, thank you for your support and Namaste.

For all the details including pledge forms and timing of the event, click here.

Nina Maloney
108 Sun Salutation co–coordinator.

Watch inspirational video about the 108 event and Yasodhara’s Young Adult Program

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