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the karma kount

the karma kount

we want see more PEACE, more LOVE and more JOY on the planet. our monthly “karma projects” are chance for our members to show up for a good cause…and wow, do these people show up big!

we are above the $50,000 mark for our karma projects since we opened! here’s what we’ve been getting up to…

november 2012: THANKS+GIVING for the REDWOOD EMPIRE FOOD BANK
we challenged you to come to class on thanksgiving day with two cans of food for the REFB…we said we’d donate $10 for everyone who showed up with love to give. with 66 shiny yogis in the house, we sent $1200, plus a full barrel of food to the Food Bank!

october 2012: HALLOWEEN KARMA for AFRICA YOGA PROJECT
we sweat it out with two packed MONSTER JAMS and donated $10 for everyone who came to class on the 31st to Africa Yoga Project’s work in Kenya for a total of $750!

september 2012: 70’s SEPTEMBER FOR FORGET ME NOT FARM
we packed the house with five great 70’s JAMS and two DJ JAMS!with $5 per person, per class, we donated $1,300 to Forget Me Not Farm. we discoed, we funked, we punked and we rocked. we laughed and sweat and cried and loved…a lot!

august 2012: SUMMER OF LOVE for the Redwood Empire Food Bank
our second annual SUMMER OF LOVE challenged you to show up 12 times during august and bring a non-perishable food item with you to each class…we donated $12 to the Food Bank for everyone who completed the challenge. by the time we were done we had 4 full barrels of food and more than 1600 classes taken. we sweetened the deal with 4 LOVE JAMS, adding $5 for each jam. all in all, we were able to send $4,000 to help the Food Bank’s programs for the needy in our community!

july 2012: 108 SUN SALUTATIONS for AFRICA YOGA PROJECT
our third annual sweat + soul fest! 66 yogis soaked and smiling rocked the house. we donated $10 for every one who showed up, and through the extra donations of some super kind souls…plus the sales of B. Love art cards…we sent $1341 to AYP’s Seva Safari to help them build a new classroom for a primary school outside of Nairobi!

june 2012: DAVID’S KARMA DAY for FORGET ME NOT FARM
we love yoga, we love music, we love kids, we love animals…and, of course, we love david! so naturally, for his birthday, we jammed to a playlist of his favorite tunes and donated $10 for everyone who showed up to Forget Me Not Farm. when all the fun was sung and done, we sent $1000 to help the farm grow it’s programs for at-risk kids and animals!

may 2012: MOTOWN MAY for the REDWOOD EMPIRE FOOD BANK
we laughed, we danced, we got it (it meaning yoga) on! throughout may, five fun POP-UP JAMS had us grooving to beloved motown songs…we donated $5 for everyone who came out to each jam for a total of $1700 to the food bank in the month of may!

april 2012: APRIL FLOWERS KARMA CHALLENGE for AFRICA YOGA PROJECT
when you made it to class 12 times during the month of april and we pledged $24 to Africa Yoga Project’s Seva Safari! plus…POPUP FLOWER POWER JAMs throughout the month added additional $5 for everyone who attended to the total! we ended up sending more than $3700 to AYP! boy did that feel good!

march 2012 – SHARE THE LUCK DAY for Equi-Ed Therapeutic Equestrian Program
on St. Patrick’s Day we all got LUCKY! we asked everyone to show up to class and to benefite Equi-Ed Therapeutic Equestrian Program, in order to help them keep their scholarship program. we put on a “luck o’the Irish” jam, FAMILY FUN HOUR and B. Love/Be Lucky gallery. all in all, we sent $1,130 to Equi-Ed, which allowed them to keep their scholarships for summer 2012!

february 2012 – SHARE THE LOVE DAY for Redwood Empire Food Bank
on February 14, we hosted LOVE JAMS all day, a Family Fun Hour in the afternoon and donated $10 for everyone who came to class and brought a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank. all in all, we contributed $1,700 and one huge barrel of food!

january 2012 – MLK for AYP
on January 16, we donated $15 for everyone who came to class to the ongoing work of Africa Yoga Project. at the end of the day, we sent $1975 to Nairobi, including some extra donations from our amazing students!

december 2011 – 12 DAYS OF YOGA for FORGET ME NOT FARM
for our annual holiday karma project, we challenged our members to come to class 12 times during the busy month of december and bring a “wish list item” for Forget Me Not Farm when they did. for everyone who completed the challenge, we said we’d donate $24 to the Farm. we ended up with more than 300 items and more than $2000 for the farm, plus some extra donations from our generous members.

november 2011 – THANKS+GIVING JAM for REDWOOD EMPIRE FOOD BANK
on thanksgiving 2011, we hosted a packed house (yes, even the lobby was full) for an amazing thanks+giving themed JAM…we challenged members to bring food items for the REFB and donated $15 for everyone who came out. with members food and cash donations, we sent two big baskets of food and more than $1000 to the Food Bank from this event.

september/october 2011 – YOGA AID CHALLENGE for AYP
wow! we went all out for the YogaAid challenge. we had a full-scale lead up to the event with events throughout september, including Anna’s Karma Day, which raised more than $2,000, an awesome event at the DeTurk Round Barn, led by Paige Elenson, founder/director of Africa Yoga Project. we Skyped with Kenya for meditation, viewed the AYP documentary and had a blast breathing, moving and, yes, dancing. with the lead up in September, members donations and the October event, we sent $10,000 to Africa Yoga Project’s work in Kenya!

july/august 2011 – SUMMER OF LOVE
we challenged you to make it to 22 classes throughout the months of july and august and bring a food item for the Redwood Empire Food Bank…and you showed up BIG! we sent in 7 barrels of food and $3946!

june 2011 – DAVID’s KARMA DAY for A LEG UP
for david’s birthday, we asked you to show up and shine with us. for everyone who got on a mat, we donated $10 to A Leg Up Rescue, where we got our super-rescue-dog, Pebbles. we ended up with $700 for the lucky pups that get loved up and placed in good homes by ALUR!

may 2011 – BREAKTHROUGH BOOTCAMP for Forget Me Not Farm
on Memorial Day weekend, we had a blast…a two-hour sweat-a-thon! for everyone who showed up, we pledged $20 to Forget Me Not Farm. with your participation and additional donations, we sent $1,110 to the Farm, which provides a safe haven for animals and at-risk children and youth.

april 2011 – ACROYOGA WEEKEND for Africa Yoga Project
we were SO lucky! Brian Lam from Boston came to share the fun of Acroyoga with us…and we donated all proceeds from the weekend to Africa Yoga Project, sending $500 to help them further their mission of possibility, empowerment and peace!

march 2011 – KARMA DAY + T-SHIRTS for FORGET ME NOT FARM
due to the rainy winter, Forget Me Not Farm got flooded! we stepped up as a community for this one. Debra Sheppard Designs created some awesome “go with the flow” t-shirts and we hosted a Karma Day, pledging $15 for everyone who came to class. we sent $1,445 to the farm to help them replace some of the equipment that got damaged in the flood!

february 2011 – BREAKTHROUGH BOOTCAMP for the REDWOOD EMPIRE FOOD BANK
we showed up, we stretched, we sweat — for two sweet hours…and when it was all said and done, we donated $1362 to the Food Bank!

january 2011 – MLK for AYP
we challenged you to show up strong on MLK to celebrate the extraordinary life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King. we got it ON…and sent $740 to Africa Yoga Project’s ongoing work in Kenya!

december 2010 – twelve days of yoga: our holiday karma challenge to benefit the YWCA Safe House
here’s how the program works: get yourself to 12 classes during the month of december and bring a “wish list” item for the YWCA’s Safe House to each class. the items are small, but together they will have big impact for women and children fleeing domestic violence. for every member who completes the challenge, we’ll donate $25 to the YWCA’s ongoing efforts.

november 2010 – three dog birthday/thanksgiving karma days for Redwood Empire Food Bank
…on november 6 and 25 we are celebrating our gratitude for a great first year in business by challenging our members to come out and help us raise funds for the Redwood Empire Food Bank! for every member who comes out to play on these two days, we’ll donate $10 to the Redwood Empire Food Bank, which helps more than 70,000 needy families in our county.

september 2010 – anna’s karma day for forget me not farm
…on September 27, we celebrated Anna’s birthday by challenging our members to come to class and celebrate! for everyone who showed up, we donated $10 to Forget Me Not Farm, a safe haven for abused animals and children. members showed up in force, bearing gifts, practical jokes and extra donations! in total, we were able to donate $550 — go team!

september 2010 – YogaAid Challenge
…on September 19, we joined yogis around the country in supporting YogaAid, an international event that supports yoga charities doing work in third world countries….we chose to support Africa Yoga Project and got all six of our three dog teachers together and taught two power-packed classes…the teachers donated their hourly rates and we donated $10 for each of the 51 yogis who came out to play — plus students kicked in by making their own donations and purchasing Africa Yoga Project t-shirts — at the end of the day we were able to send more than $1,000 to Kenya through the event! go TEAM!!

august 2010 – outdoor flow – karma in action!
…on August 8, we got 60 yogis together for an experience like none other…for a great cause! Paradise Ridge Winery lent us their beautiful front deck for a very special FLOW class to support the Redwood Empire Food Bank! in all, students donated more than 243 pounds of food and $200 to help feed the more than 70,000 people who use the food bank each month…and three dog kicked in $10 for every yogi who came out to play, making our total donation $800! great work, everyone!

july 2010 – 108 Sun Salutes and Community Power for the Africa Yoga Project
…on Independence Day, we celebrated with 108 Sun Salutations and throughout the month we taught inspiring Community Power classes all to benefit Africa Yoga Project, which uses the power of yoga to foster peace, improve well-being, facilitate self-sufficiency and create opportunities across the communities of East Africa. we send more than $2,800 to AYP!

june 2010 – david’s karma day
for david’s 35th birthday on June 8, we challenged our members to come to class and celebrate…and for each member who came to class, we donated $10 to A Leg Up Rescue, the organization where we got our dog Pebbles…it was a great day, and we ended up sending more than $500 to A Leg Up!

february 2010 – kindness everyday
in February, we challenged YOU to commit random acts of kindness throughout the month! this could be as simple as helping someone with groceries, giving someone an unexpected smile or letting yourself off the hook for that slice of cake or missed workout….or you could step it up and spend a day at the food bank, give blood, volunteer at a local school or donate money to needy causes. we had over 50 of you commit to the project…that’s a lot of kindness!

january 2010 – MLK celebration to benefit haiti’s earthquake victims
to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, we challenged students to come to class on MLK Day by donating $10 for everyone who came to class to the Red Cross Efforts in Haiti. With matching funds from our members, we donated more than $750!

december 2009 – twelve days of yoga – our holiday karma challenge to benefit the YWCA Safe House/Preschool
in 2009, we donated over $500 and 300 items to the YWCA! we can’t wait to do it again in 2010!

here’s how the program works: get yourself to 12 classes during the month of december 2009 — instant karma for body and mind.
bring a “wish list” item for the YWCA’s Safe House/Preschool to each class — instant karma for the soul.

the items are small, but together they will have big impact for women and children fleeing domestic violence.
for every member who completed the challenge, we donate $10 to the YWCA’s ongoing efforts — with our donations and student matches, we were able to give more than $500 to this great cause.

august-november 2009 – the three B’s and the three R’s
even before three dog yoga opened its doors, our teachers worked with Mark West Elementary School teachers and students offering weekly classes to teachers and students. we are still there and are having a BLAST!