One of the ways that we embody our core values is by offering a Karma Yoga program. As part of our mentorship program, mentees teach a donation class during their tenure. This allows us to offer a sliding-scale class for those who would like to practice with us at the studio, but might not otherwise be able to financially. In turn, with the donations we collect from these classes, we use that money to fund our teachers going out into our larger community to offer free yoga classes in partnership with non-profits or other organizations in our community. The intention is to create access for people interested in yoga that may have socioeconomic, geographic, or other barriers to attending a class at the studio, with the practice of yoga in support of the outside group’s goals and mission.
The Karma Program is an awesome example of how one generous act can spur many more, and we are seeking partners who share our vision. We have found that it works best for our teachers to step into an already existing/ongoing program within an organization. Our goal is to have the group or organization take the lead and let us know how we can best fit within the structure that is already in the works.
Please contact us if you are interested in talking with us about teaching at your organization to see if it would be a good fit. A single visit, weekly, or monthly options are available depending on the teacher’s schedule and your organization’s needs.
This would be free of charge to your organization, and a way for 3 OMS to connect and give back to our community.
Here are a few examples of classes we have offered over the last few years:
- Northwest Youth Services as part of an ongoing activity program.
- Lydia Place – a regular class as part of Parent Support Services.
- One of our teachers offers a weekly class at the juvenile detention facility.
- Group classes for the young people at the Max Higbee Center.
Let us know if you’d like to start a conversation, or if you have an organization in mind that you’d like us to reach out to. Alternatively, support our Karma Yoga Program by attending this quarter’s class with Beth Rusk Sundays from 4:00-5:00pm, and be sure to spread the word to anyone you know who might benefit!