March 7th, 2022

Yoga Lab Ukraine Announcement

Outreach > Ukraine

Written by Jay Koh

Dear Friends, As we bask in the warmth of the first sunny 60+ degree day in a long time, the joy of this warm day and the feeling that spring has arrived is tempered by the horror going on in Ukraine. One week ago, the Yoga Lab announced that we were going to embark on a fundraising drive to raise money for medical supplies to be sent to Ukraine through a reputable organization.

There is now one week left, and I encourage everyone to donate. The question has been asked about how much to donate? The answer is that any amount is appreciated. But in keeping with the spirit of the citizens of Ukraine collectively joining forces to create the unique spirit that has inspired so many, I’m asking that people donate class passes (or an equivalent amount of money) to our fund. In other words, 20 students each giving 2 passes ($24) captures the spirit of unity far better than 2 students giving $300 each.

The other announcement which was just made today is that the Yoga Lab, in honor of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and his leadership, will do a 100% match of all funds collected.

What is the power of all this?

It means that if students contribute a total of $300, the Yoga Lab will also contribute $300 for a grand total of $600. And because of the organization we are using, our $600 will result in $15,000 worth of medical supplies being sent to Ukrainian hospitals. There are no typos in that previous sentence.

One might believe that yoga studios should not get involved in political issues. Agreed. However, this is not a political issue but rather a humanitarian one. The goal of this fund is to use it to help people heal, and that should be the purpose of all of us, regardless of whether or not one formally trains in yoga.

Therefore, I’m opening up this fundraising drive to the public. If you are a member of the Yoga Lab, then you can contact me through the normal channels. If you are someone who is not a member, you can still donate ($12 or $24 is recommended) by texting us at (781) 291-3930.

On Monday, March 14, 2022, the Yoga Lab will announce the total raised.

Thank you and together we can help affect the change we wish to see in the world,

The Yoga Lab of Hingham

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