One of Yoga Home’s core values since inception is community. Fostering community creates a deeper sense of purpose and a purposeful existence allows us to show up in a big way to be of service to world around us – to ourselves and each other in our own neighborhood and across the globe. Being of service undoubtedly creates a ripple effect that spreads beyond the walls of our beloved home.
This spring, Yoga Home is actively working with our community in a collaborative effort to be of service in a variety of areas: animal welfare, environmental care and voter education. More specifically, members of our community have taken the initiative to support local organizations and missions that are important to them. We are thrilled to be partnering with them. Two of these initiatives came directly out of our 7-week Yoga in Action program which culminates with small group service projects.
“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
All of these events are open to the Yoga Home community, as well as the general public. We hope one of them speaks to you and you get involved.
Yogis for Puppies: Conshohocken SPCA Collection
Thru March 31st
Yogis for Puppies is benefiting the Conshohocken SPCA. This specific branch of Montgomery County’s SPCA suffered fire damage earlier this year. They suffered damage throughout the building. The items we are collecting help get the nonprofit organization on their feet again to help stray animals, lost pets, and owner surrenders.
We asked student Annie Kovolski, one of the drive’s organizers, how she thought this benefited our community and what it meant to her.
“The community is benefiting by coming together to help a local shelter rebuild again. Conshohocken is a charming community with unique diversity and big personalities. When we come together over our mutual love for animals, we create something wonderful. We can show other members of the community some of the amazing pets available for adoption by just talking about the SPCA. Who knows? Maybe you’ll check out their available pets and find a new family member in your home. This can also be a head start to some spring cleaning of unwanted sheets, or donating pet food your pet no longer eats.
As an avid dog lover animal advocate, this service project means a lot to me. Most pets love something warm to curl up with, treats before bed, a brand new squeaky toy that needs to be played with. Who doesn’t dream of their next tasty meal? Any type of donation makes a dog’s tail wag or a cat’s tail sway. I like to believe this time in an animal’s life is just a layover before they find their next loving home. As items keep flowing in, people’s generosity and wanting to help has showed me how strong a community can be when we come together over the same passion of animals.”
Yoga Home will be collecting items through the end of March. Items to be donated include blankets, towels, sheets, rags, toys, dry/wet cat or dog food. Other drop off locations include Tone Zone, Weavers Way Coop and What a Good Dog. Thank you to Yoga Home students Annie Kovloski, Eileen Brunner, Laura George and Lindsay Mareau for your dedication and organization of this project!
Conshy Trail Clean Up & Meditative Walk
April 1, 9:30am
Yoga Home students Jeremy Apelian, Lisa Alexander, Brain Hanlon and Jodi Feigenbaum have organized and will lead a guided meditative and grounding walk ahead of the Conshohocken Borough’s Schuylkill River Trail Clean Up Day which is being supported by CPW Rotary, Conshohocken Brewery, Conshohocken Running Club, and Yoga Home.
As an avid user of the trail (cycling, running, dog walking), Jeremy says this project really touches home for him.
“I am privileged to have such a beautiful space to run and cycle on and I want to help keep it maintained. This event allows me to give back to the trail (particularly the groundhogs). This event benefits all the folks of Conshohocken and all of our visitors since we all either see the trail or are a part of some activity on the trail (running, cycling, walking, dog walking). Keeping our trails clean helps to make the space enjoyable for everyone, including our local ground hog population. It also helps bring people together for a common cause. P from all walks of life meet (many for the first time) for one great purpose — keeping our trail clean!”
If you are interested in being part of the meditative walk, meet at Yoga Home at 9:30am. You will arrive at the Conshohocken Brewing Co. by 9:50am to register for the clean up, grab a coffee and begin. All participants over the age of 21 will receive a free beer after the event. Let us know if you are coming – RSVP Here!
Get VoteEd: A Voter Education Event
April 8, 9am-12pm
Voting is a fundamental right of all Americans, a right that many of our brothers and sisters in the international community do not have. By offering a voter registration event for our community, we are empowering individuals to explore this right. This is a non-partisan event initiated by community members Sarah McGlinchey and Mackenzie Breinlinger.
“This community event benefits Conshohocken residents and their friends and families as its goal is to provide a safe space to learn about voter registration. Attendees can casually drop in to verify if they’re registered, and if they’re not and are interested in pursuing registration, this event will provide all of the necessary tools to do so. This event is also a chance to explore the power of individual voice. It serves as a comforting reminder that we do have the power as individuals to affect change.”
This event will held in Yoga Home’s community space during the hours of 9-12pm. Students are welcome to participate before or after class or just stop-in. This event is also open to the general public. RSVP and share the Facebook event with your friends – click here.