Raising money for Myanmar

How Yoga has helped those who are worse off in the world

A huge thank you to everyone who came to our Charity Class on 3rd May 2020 to raise money for the poverty-stricken street traders in Myanmar. We had more than 25 people attend the class over Zoom! A number of our members who couldn’t attend also made donations taking the total raised to over £400.

It was an idea from Melanie Oliver (one of my regular Yogis) who does a lot of voluntary work around the world and had been in Myanmar in February working with some of the poorest communities in the world.

The current COVID crisis has demonstrated that in the UK we are extremely fortunate - we have an amazing national health service, a huge network of social support schemes to help those in need as well as grants and other schemes to help our businesses.

The theme for the class therefore was gratitude. I shared at the beginning of the class a quote from Oscar Wilde who said “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

In Myanmar, as a consequence of lockdown, the street traders (who constantly live on the breadline) now have, literally, nothing. They are without money, food and shelter - completely penniless. The money raised will help feed more than 40 families for a month.

Thank you to everyone who took part, for your enthusiasm in supporting this worthwhile project and for your donations which have already been distributed into Myanmar.


By Melody Beatty

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough and more.

It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

A house into a home,

A stranger into a friend.

Gratitude makes sense of our past,

Brings peace for today,

And creates a vision for tomorrow.

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