I raised about $8,600 for five charities not including Faulk Center. I feel that we have a society that puts a lot of pressure on us and everyday people feel anxious, pressure and are always rushing. It’s a very competitive society, and I feel like yoga is a huge asset. Yoga is breath to movement. When you feel connected and have control, you can diminish feelings of anxiety if you could get to know your body and recognize those sensations. You can’t control what goes on around you, but you can control how you react.
Describe your volunteer role.
I create the events, expose more people to yoga and build a sense of community. At these events, I invite local businesses to participate and invite different vendors that donate to the charity and sell their products. It’s community supporting community. I think it’s important that we each take responsibility for what’s around us. There are so many people in need of our help. It creates an opportunity for people to access yoga and the philanthropic aspect is you are helping others. Yoga gives us a sense of who we are, and yoga brings you home. A byproduct of yoga is you develop this connection. In a yoga class, you are all the same, trying to do the same poses. It’s very equalizing.
What are your goals when you volunteer?
I like to bring yoga to more people, bring kindness to more people, like people to become more aware and have more of a sense of gratitude.
What challenges have you faced?
I started yoga later in life, and there’s a whole mass marketing of yoga with the poses and outfits and some people are intimidated to try it because they feel fat or not flexible. I try to make people feel comfortable and teach all-level classes. The challenge is to get people to accept who they are, to love themselves and not be self-critical. Be nice to yourself. It really is about us being nice to ourselves and being grateful.
What does your organization need?
Financial support is always appreciated to support our mission of providing free and low-cost mental health services to individuals of all ages in our community.