Jennifer Lee, MS RD LDN
“Small acts when multiplied by millions of people can change the world.”
Recently I went to Community Yoga at Ebb n’ Flow; a donation based class where all proceeds are given to a local charity. I mean, Yoga for charity? Does it get any better?
After class I went to check out Baypath Humane Society, the charity where our donations are being sent. When I arrived I met Jeanine, the Director of Animal Programs. We discussed the history of the facility and I got to meet their animals. My heart melted when she placed a little white Chihuahua in my arms. A stray from Boston, he was found by a police officer and spent the rest of the day gleefully riding in the passenger seat of the police car. When turned in to the shelter he was dubbed with the name Co-Pilot.
As Jeanine and I talked, Co-Pilot rested comfortably in my arms. It was evident how educated she was on animal health and how passionate she was about her work at the shelter. After we finished conversing, she left me with Co-Pilot. As I sat cuddling him I began to think about the connection between my Yoga class and this shelter.
My Community Yoga class is great for several reasons. Not only am I able to spend time with great people in class, but I also get to give back to my community. My donation supports the local economy and helps people like Jeanine hold jobs they are truly passionate about. I also help to keep animals like Co-Pilot safe and well taken care of until they find a forever home. Oh, and there is the added bonus of a post workout glow that Yoga bestows upon me! Like I mentioned earlier, Community Yoga is a pretty awesome idea!