DEEP THANKS TO ALL OF OUR SUPPORTERS!
This was by far the most rambunctious, dancing fun frenzy party of explosion we ever had mainly due to the spirit of David Bowie and rockin DJ tunes by Senor Amor! Of course the crowd is beyond special and the reason we're celebrating momentous. Five years of UpRising means that we were able to show up continuously rain or shine, especially on the holidays, to share yoga and mindful meditation's healing.
I would like to thank Tim and Neda Disney for donating this heartfelt space we celebrated in. Next I would like to thank all of the wonderful artists that donated their work: Steve Gifford, Noel Alumit. Lisa Moneypenny and Ronna Pearl who donated works from her personal collection. A special thanks to Chigusa Mares for donating many of our silent auction items and to Senor Amor for creating most awesome groovy vibes for us to dance to!
The uprisingyoga board members played a critical role in making this event happen - I am grateful everyday for their love and strong support of our mission. Finally, I want to thank the uprisingyoga instructors. They are the heart and soul of this organization. They are out there teaching our classes and they put up with me and my crazy schedule! But they do so much more to shape and guide our work: developing the special programs that we have, brainstorming with me at all hours, and doing so much behind the scenes work. I cannot thank them all enough!
Five years ago, we embarked on an incredible journey to bring yoga to kids locked up in jail and to communities that don't have access to Yoga's healing. Now we teach over 40 classes a month across the county and we've trained thousands of teachers in our approach. Uprising yoga is at the forefront of juvenile justice reform and the social justice movement. But I believe at our work is just beginning. When we started, not many people believed yoga had a place in jails. And not many people knew that yoga could be shared in places outside of the Silverlakes and the Pasadenas of the world. Now we have to keep moving forward and spreading UpRising Yoga's healing. There's plenty of need for it, now more than ever. When URY turns 10, I hope to see it as a driving force in helping people overcome trauma.
I'm so grateful for all of the energy and time each of you has put into this movement. Yes, people, this is a movement. A movement of love.
Thank you to all of those who donated that could not attend. If you missed our celebration and wish to donate or participate in our end of the year holiday online auction please donate at http://www.uprisingyoga.org/donate.htm and shop at: https://www.32auctions.com/UpRisingYoga