A big part of Moksha Yoga means taking your practice off the mat. Our studio supports a number of important organizations making a BIG difference in our communities through Karma Class funds and studio events.
Free the ChildrenApril 2012 - Moksha Yoga Barrie raised........
Free The Children believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. We are a charity and educational partner that empowers youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens. Our domestic programs educate, engage and empower hundreds of thousands of youth in North America and the UK. Our international projects, led by our holistic and sustainable Adopt a Village model, has brought over 650 schools and school rooms to youth and provided clean water, health care and sanitation to one million people around the world, freeing children and their families from the cycle of poverty.
Learn more about FREE THE CHILDREN by CLICKING HERE!
Big Brother/ Big SisterMarch 2012- Moksha Yoga Barrie raised $1480.50
($920.50 from our Karma Classes + $560.00 from our 1 Year Anniversary funds)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie & District is committed to providing children and youth with valuable mentoring programs vital in fostering their full potential to succeed.Mentoring is about the power of friendship. The volunteers and young people in our programs experience the magic of everyday moments when they are shared with a friend. Everyone needs someone to laugh with, share a dream with, and just hang out... with friends it's the little things that mean the most.
For more information about Big Brother/ Big Sister of Barrie CLICK HERE
Grocery Assistance Program (G.A.P.) - Elizabeth Fry SocietyFebruary 2012 - Moksha Yoga Barrie raised $1030.50
The Grocery Assistance Program is a community program and anyone who is in need is able to use our services. Almost 11,000 people benefit from our services annually, with food that was donated solely by the community. If it wasn’t for community food drives and donations, the Grocery Assistance Program would not be able to operate. If you are interested in organizing a food drive, or giving an in-kind or monetary donation, contact Amanda at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County.
For more information about the Grocery Assistance Program CLICK HERE!
New Leaf Yoga Foundation:January 2012 & December 2011 - MYB raised $1473.15
To read more about New Leaf's work, check out www.newleafyoga.org
Hospice Simcoe BarrieNovember 2011 - Moksha Yoga Barrie raised $711.00
Hospice Palliative Care aims to improve quality of life for those living with life threatening illness. This comprehensive model of care includes pain and symptom management in conjuction with social, psychological, spiritual and practical support.
For more information about Hospice CLICK HERE
Easter SealsOctober 2011 - Moksha Yoga Barrie raised $402.00
There are over 20,000 children, youth and young adults in Ontario with a physical disability.
Easter Seals Ontario began in 1922 as a vision to create a better life for children and youth with physical disabilities. Today, Easter Seals continues to offer programs and services to help these children and youth achieve a greater level of acceptance and independence. Services include: financial assistance for mobility equipment and communication devices; fully accessible camp and funding for other summer recreational programs; providing access to information and resources, and public education and awareness.
At the core of Easter Seals is a common passion for caring, shared by its staff, thousands of volunteers across the province, and by those who support its mission. This heart-felt desire to serve children, youth and young adults with physical disabilities and their families, is what Easter Seals is all about.
Click here to be directed to their website.
New Leaf Yoga Foundation:
September 2011 - Moksha Yoga Barrie raised $362.00
Yoga Tour for the CureAugust 2011 - Moksha Yoga Barrie raised $279.00
In April 2011, Andrew Misle fell very ill and underwent major surgery resulting in the removal of my large bowel.
This year is Chapter 1: Andy's Cross-Canada educational tour to find a cure. Andy will start his ride in Charlottetown PEI and will culminate it in Victoria BC.
Our mission is to empower young people affected by Crohn’s disease and IBD, he wants to help build confidence by removing the stigma surrounding those living with intestinal disease or an ostomy. Our purpose is to provide physical and spiritual tools so our youth may be uplifted and free to be who they were born to be. Just as yoga teaches us that we are equal at the core and paradoxically unique at the same time, we will help young people understand that they are not alone in their illness, which is among the fastest growing diseases in North America.
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Season's Center for Grieving ChildrenJuly 2011 - Moksha Yoga Barrie raised $480.00
Seasons Centre for Grieving Children will be recognized as the Canadian Leader in children's grief support, providing training to individuals and organizations seeking to assist grieving children.
Mission Statement: To provide peer to peer support programs to grieving children and their families. Our atmosphere of acceptance and understanding provides compassionate support as they regenerate a sense of self and reconstruct their world when a loved one dies.
Values: Children and their families are our focus. Our environment is safe and supportive. Our programs and services are delivered by professional staff and trained facilitators. We never charge participation fees for children, but donations are most welcome!CLICK HERE to check out their website.
Kenya Study and Leadership ProgramJune 2011 - Moksha Yoga Barrie raised $605.00
The Kenya Leadership Program provides a once in a unique opportunity to partake in service learning, volunteerism, and educational programs in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Participants will travel to Kenya and be located in a safari camp on the edge of the Maasai Mara, Africa’s richest wildlife reserve. The Masai Mara is home the Big Five mammals: elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard, and is situated within diverse fauna and flora. The Maasai Mara is also home to the world’s greatest migration of zebra and wildebeest, with millions of wild animals crossing to and from the Tanzanian Serengeti to the Kenyan Mara, between the months of June and October.
Participants will have the opportunity to explore and enhance their leadership by combining meaningful service learning and educational activities. Participants will spend the majority of their time volunteering at local schools, teaching, building classrooms, and helping in practical ways to improve the local community, while interacting intensively with the local Maasai people. Moreover, concrete learning about development, world issues, leadership, environmental conservation and biodiversity through interactive seminars will engage individuals to consider the importance and challenges of much needed development, while ensuring the protection of the world’s most wondrous flora and fauna.
CLICK HERE to watch SCDSB Kenya Study & Leadership Program
RVH Cancer Center ResearchMay 2011 - Moksha Yoga Barrie raised $895.00
Upon opening, the Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre (SMRCC) will offer area residents a full service cancer centre “closer to home”. The new outpatient building will be built as a separate wing on the North West side of the existing hospital. It will be physically attached and interconnected with the hospital and has been planned in a way that it will enable future expansion with relative ease. The new cancer centre will be three stories high with each level planned with the patient as the focus. Level one will house the Radiation Therapy Program, level two will include the supportive care program and outpatient clinics, and level three will accommodate the new chemotherapy suite and the clinical trials program.
For resources and information on the current Cancer Program at the Royal Victoria Hospital please CLICK HERE.
C.O.P.E Service DogsApril 2011- Moksha Yoga Barrie raised $777.00
Canine Opportunity, People Empowerment
C.O.P.E Service Dogs raises and trains dogs to become partners for people with disabilities.
Through our unique youth program, C.O.P.E. engages students experiencing challenges at high school. Each student is matched with a C.O.P.E. puppy and taught how to train it more than 90 tasks, like: to open doors, turn on lights, retrieve out-of-reach objects. As part of the training, the youth take their C.O.P.E. dogs to elementary schools to help struggling students with reading and math, and they make therapy visits, too.
Volunteer Puppy Raiser families foster the dogs in their homes during their 2-year training period.
At the end of the 2 years, a C.O.P.E. dog is matched with a Life Partner to begin a career as a Service Dog.
CLICK HERE to check out their website