The power of yoga to protect wild and sacred places

The power of yoga to protect wild and sacred places

Since 2004, Moksha and Modo Yoga studios across Canada and the U.S. have run a campaign called Speak Your Peace, raising thousands of dollars each fall for a variety of causes and charities. Pull Together are thrilled to welcome and support Moksha and Modo Yoga studios who have chosen our campaign as their fundraising focus!

Moksha and Modo Yoga is a strong community with a commitment to karma yoga : the yoga of action.  With their “Speak Your Peace” campaign,  they encourage peaceful action by individual students and communities ~ both on and off the yoga mat. 

Through the months of August and September, 65 Moksha and Modo hot yoga studios across North America have set a goal to raise $65,000 for First Nations legal challenges to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tankers project.  

RAVEN and Sierra Club BC are standing up to ensure that all parties have an active voice in how development takes place in First Nations traditional territory, and that First Nations groups have proper legal representation to meet Enbridge and the federal government on equal footing. We are so grateful that people from coast to coast to coast will be standing with us. 

All participating Moksha and Modo Yoga studios will be supporting the Pull Together campaign by donating 100% of their weekly Karma Class funds from August and September. Studios will also be offering a very special candlelit Karma class on September 21st (International Day of Peace) and hosting extra events and fundraisers throughout the duration of the campaign. Such events and fundraisers may include film nights and discussions, so that students can learn more about the issues and what’s at stake for the people who are guardians of Canada’s northwestern rainforests and oceans. 

Patagonia has offered generous matching funds that will match what yoga studios can raise. Moksha and Modo’s online fundraising page allows anyone to join Team Moksha/Modo and begin their own online ‘friend raisers’. Yogis are encouraged to take on reaching out to friends, family members, co-workers and people in their social networks to amplify the solidarity message of Pull Together and raise some much needed money for legal challenges. 

It’s so inspiring to see the power of yoga and community coming together as a force for good in the world. Moksha and Modo Yoga’s co-founder, Ted Grand, tells a story from the Bhagavad Gita to underscore his community’s dedication to grassroots action: 

Arjuna was in the middle of the chaos in the Bhaghavad Gita, and he froze.  He did not know what to do, nor how to do it, and so he wanted to turn away from everything that was going on – he wanted to hide from his dharma.  Krishna shook him up and forced him to wake up, to take action.  This is what brought him back into life and what essentially saved his heart from ignorance.  This is karma yoga – the yoga of action. It means a lot that we take chances and stand up to speak for those who do not have a powerful voice, and in fact have their voice suppressed.  We are Arjuna, taking action, and we are helping to make the world a better place.

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