Our final challenge is based on the 6th pillar of Moksha Yoga, “Reach Out.” This year, the GROW YOUR YOGA campaign is challenging you to reach out to the Maasai people and the precious land of East Africa by helping the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, an organization that aims to create sustainable economic benefits for the Maasai people by preserving regional ecosystems and cultural heritage.
In whatever ways you’re able, please show your support. You can help by giving time, energy, or money. Sometimes hearing about something big, like that lions may be extinct in our lifetime, feels impossible to change alone. But that’s the power of community! Grab 20 friends and ask them to sponsor your challenge, and ask your neighbors and family. You’re in this together with the whole Moksha Yoga family, and together, we can move mountains!
Participate in the the Maasai wilderness Conservation Trust Fundraiser by helping to raise over $100,000. Share the fundraiser URL on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #growyouryoga and encourage your friends to contribute.
We did it! To mark the end of our week of fundraising for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, we’ll be giving away handmade Maasai bracelets from Kenya to the 10 Instagram users who post the cutest animal photos using the hashtag #growyouryoga and to another 10 who post the Maasai fundraising video to any social media using the hashtag #growyouryoga.
On top of that, to celebrate the 2013 Grow Your Yoga season and our fundraising achievements, Moksha is donating two more year-long passes to the top fundraisers in the community! Sorry teachers, this one is just for students.
This may come as a shock, but even yogis gossip. When we gossip, we perpetuate negativity, and it affects everything from our energy to our connection with community. This week, we’re challenging ourselves to refrain from gossip entirely. Together, let’s think carefully about how we interact with others and try to listen attentively to what the people around us have to say. Explore new, kinder ways to communicate with your family, friends, coworkers, and strangers, and reap the rewards — happier, more fulfilling connections.
Be accessible to deeper conversation by practicing one week of no gossip.
You may have brought a friend to Moksha this week, but our prize lets you bring Moksha to your friends all year round! 10 Moksha class CDs by Jessica Robertson will be given away to a draw from all the Grow Your Yoga Twitter people using the hashtag #growyouryoga, and another 10 will be given away to the top fundraisers of the week.
Taking care of our bodies is only one step along the path to good health — another is being at peace with our thoughts. For our second challenge, we’re taking that further step and checking out those thoughts of ours! This week, practice silent meditation for 10 minutes every day. Where does your mind go when you sit silently, and are you able to observe your thoughts at a distance without judging yourself or reacting? Try and find out!
Practice 10 minutes of meditation every day.
At the end of our second week, we’ll be giving away Manduka peaceinpeaceout collections, which include a meditation cushion and travel cushion, to 10 participants who’ve used the #growyouryoga hashtag on Twitter and to the top 10 fundraisers of the week. Consider these a reminder to take some time to yourself and reflect on your thoughts like we did this week.
Humans haven’t made it this far on pizza and pop alone. The best nourishment is the bounty of the earth, and it’s easy, healthy, and fun to eat well. The challenge for our first week is to make healthy food choices — choices that are healthy for the environment and our own bodies — meaning local, organic, vegetarian, or vegan. If you eat meat this week, challenge yourself to find a local supplier at your farmer’s market. By eating green, we learn to take good care of our health and help the environment, and our tastebuds will be thanking us too. Have you ever met a kale chip you didn’t like?
For the next 7 days, eat delicious environmentally sustainable foods: local, vegetarian, organic or vegan. Or do it all!
Eating well for a week is a good start, but how about eating green all year? Sounds like a dream, right? To help you get there, we’ll be giving out cookbooks donated by the green expert Renee Loux to 10 participants who’ve used the #growyouryoga hashtag on Instagram and to the top 10 fundraisers of the week!
Book Title – Easy Green Living: the ultimate guide to simple, eco-friendly choices for you and your home by Renee Loux
IT’S HARD TO KNOW when it began. Perhaps it started with my first web page. That moment I typed out my first cautious lines of HTML, and uploaded the document to the mysterious sounding “web server.”
The words spoke back at me from the monitor. With cautious joy I realized these letters were now published to the Internet. My 16 year old mind pictured the thousands of visitors that could now pour onto my site, eager to devour this fresh bit of content added to the infant catalogue of websites growing everyday.
Tag your instagram photos using #GrowYourYoga!
The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust works to protect the legendary ecosystems and astounding biodiversity of East Africa through conservation that directly benefits local Maasai communities.
CrowdRise is about giving back, raising lots of money for great causes and having the most fun in the world while doing it. CrowdRise is way more fun than anything else aside from being all nervous about trying to kiss a girl for the first time and her not saying something like ‘you’ve got to be kidding me.’
Antarctic is a brand-building agency dedicated to the concept and creation of consumer experiences through strategic + community engaging marketing initiatives. Their focus is creating successful, sustainable and impactful outreach programs that have a net social benefit.
Michael Stone leads Centre of Gravity. He is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, Buddhist teacher, author and activist, committed to the integration of traditional teachings with contemporary psychological and philosophical understanding.