The philosophy of “teach a man how to fish” behind Heifer International, a non-profit organization that aims to end hunger and poverty, has been an inspiration to Temecula Yoga Collective. The yoga studio started a holiday campaign November through December 2013 that helped raise $5,000 towards the organization.
Before they found Heifer International, they researched organizations that they wanted to partner with. The yoga studio found that the organization’s essence and philosophy was similar to Temecula Yoga Collective, according to the group’s blog.
“We wanted to do something that helps sustain and perpetuate growth,” said Danny White, owner of Temecula Yoga Collective, especially to help those in more poverty stricken areas.
He also said they wanted to help those outside of the community because they are helping those within the community every day, with yoga and wellness.
One particular way they help those in the community is their scholarship fund. People have donated money to help others who cannot afford to practice yoga.
The money that was collected for the campaign helps to buy an “ark” of animals that will help sustain families throughout the world.
For example, the families will receive two cows that will not only be used for milk but also so they can reproduce. This is instead of giving someone a cow to butcher and eat, said White.
The organization also offers families goats, pigs, chickens, bees, and more depending on where the livestock is placed. The
babies will be donated to another family.
According to the organization’s website, these families become a “cycle of positive change.” The cycle of passing on these animals can last for at least nearly nine generations.
The campaign helped those in the community to get involved. Kindred Work + Shop in Old Town Temecula made a generous donation.
“I loved how the yoga students at TYC became so involved in the campaign; there was a great energy in the studio because everyone was excited to meet the goal,” said Leslie Boyd, who works with Temecula Yoga Collective.
The yoga studio will be celebrating their one-year anniversary on Feb. 2. Initially, when the studio first opened, they wanted it to be not only just for yoga, but also health, wellness, and self-sustaining farming and food.
“[Yoga] transfers into all parts of your life and has the potential to make you a better person,” Boyd said.
People are often intimated by yoga, Boyd also said, “they believe that yoga is about getting into intense pretzel poses.”
There are many reasons why people should get involved in yoga, such as the ability to increase immunity, fight diseases and decrease depression.
In contrast to working out in a gym, there is no competition in yoga; it’s more about “what can I do for myself today?” White said.
You can read the yoga studio’s blog at blog.thetyc.com or find out more about the scholarship fund at their website thetyc.com.
Although the campaign for Temecula Yoga Collective is closed you can still help donate by going to heifer.org.