Off the Mat, Into the World’s Global Seva Challenge is a fundraiser that builds community, provokes awareness and action around global issues, and raises funds to support communities in crisis. Help us reach our goal of raising $1 million to protect and preserve the Amazon rainforest!

Taking what I do off the mat!

This year I’m taking my fundraising GLOBAL with Off the Mat, Into the World™’s Global Seva Challenge. Many of you have supported me over the years for raising money for Multiple Sclerosis and I haven’t abandoned that, however I am now taking what it is I do to a Global level, something greater than myself, something that effects ALL of us, in one way or another. Yoga teaches us so many things unity of mind, body and spirit but it also teaches us compassion, love, and community and with that, I am taking it quite literally, taking my Yoga “Off the Mat, Into the World, something that I’ve done for years for something close to me, which is Multiple Sclerosis, and while that is still near and dear to my heart, saving and maintaining the health of our Mother Earth and Her (our) resources is as well.

I firmly and passionately believe in the words by the great Mahatma Gandhi; “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” By taking on this challenge I am putting my words, his words, into action and hoping that you will do so along side me, with me.
Out of the Many…ONE..with all of us working together we can ALL be the change we wish to see in the world.

Many believe that most autoimmune diseases are a product of our environment and then of course there are other theories, I for one, believe that IF we can protect the rainforests, and the Amazon Rainforest is often called “the lungs of the earth”, as it produces 1/5th of the world’s fresh air, 1/5th of known medicinal plants and knowledge, one-half of its fresh water, and is home to about half of all species on earth, if we work together on this, we’d be collectively and globally helping one another. Ecuador is one of the most bio diverse places on earth and also has the highest rate of deforestation in all of Latin America.

Right now is critical as Ecuador is in the process (as of March 2013) of auctioning off 3 million acres of pristine rainforest to China for oil drilling. Indigenous groups who live on this land say they were not consulted by the Ecuadorian government in the sale of their territory. Environmental groups fear that what happened in the northern Amazon (i.e. the 30 year lawsuit against Texaco-Chevron) is about to happen again in the south.

This year’s Global Seva Challenge funds will support  (1) the protection of remaining rainforest areas, as well as provide (2) access to healthcare, (3) clean drinking water and (4) forestry and conservation training for indigenous and farmer communities living in the Amazon.

Think global, act local! In addition, OTM is spearheading a local campaign to raise awareness about our own energy use on an individual level, the issues around oil in our own countries (for ex: the Tar Sands Pipeline), and the implications of climate change worldwide.

So if you could PLEASE support me in this endeavor as you have with all of my fundraising efforts in the past, let’s ALL be part of a global initiative and help the lungs of the earth breathe fully!

My goal to be able to travel to Ecuador with ‘Off The Mat, Into the World’, is $20,000, however my heart’s goal is to raise money and to be able to help contribute to something greater than myself.

 

oil destroying the rainforest

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