September is like a warmer version of New Years. Fall is the perfect time to hit the refresh button, recommit to your goals, revitalize your spirit and reset your intentions. As the kids get back to school, it’s time to get back to YOU!
Last September, I offered a series of yoga fundraising classes and started training for the BARCS 5K
with my two rescue pups Stella and Luna. We raised $3K for this amazing Baltimore area rescue organization, that saves over 10,000 of animals each year!
It took just the right reason to inspire me to start running again. It had nothing to do with fitness, weight loss or health (althose those are positive “side effects” 🙂 My goal had to do with what we yogis call “karma yoga” (selfless service, right action and good deeds).
The interesting thing about doing for others is that it’s one of the most uplifting, healing and empowering things you can do for yourself. I guess that’s the meaning behind the quote “giving is better than recieving.”
Helpless animals is one of those things that get me in the heart. It never feels like I can do enough to help these helpless souls. These animals were my “why” for training for the BARCS 5K and for offering a series of yoga fundraiser classes.
Running isn’t easy for me. My schedule is busy and I didn’t know how I was going to fit in all the fundraiser classes plus the “couch to 5K” training. But knowing my “why” and keeping these rescue pups at the front of my mind was all I needed to create time and space in my life to do more and give back.
Setting an intention is greater than just a goal. Knowing your “why” behind what you’re doing can make all the difference on the days you don’t feel like showing up. Some days I got up at 5:30AM and ran in the rain before my 7AM client. It was uncomfortable. Yet, there was something in that discomfort that brought me great joy. You know what I mean?
The race day arrived, and my friend, fellow rescue pup momma and massage therapist Jordan Meadley
and I ran proudly through Patterson Park with hundreds of other supporters, many with their dogs. We smiled from ear to ear. It was an awesome day.
After the race, I met up with my husband and our two rescue pups at Hereford Farmer’s Market for a post race treat. While we were hanging out and chatting, a little pup walked up to us to say “hi”. Turns out he needed a home and his foster mom said “looks like he fits right in with your crew.” Uh oh…
Next thing you know, we had a third rescue pup! Adopting this little guy has brought my husband, me and our other two dogs so much joy! You can see the silly rescue mutt trio in my of my Flexible Warrior YouTube videos
and follow their rescue pup adventures on their Instagram.
This year my yoga fundraiser classes will benefit TRU RESCUE
, a small local shelter on a mission to save hundreds of dogs, including our new little guy Leo.
Join us at one of our donation-based Yoga Fundraiser Classes to strengthen and stretch your body for the rescue pups…
FULL MOON YOGA (Sunday Aug 26th from 7 – 8:30PM ) outdoor class at a beautiful scenic pond in Parkton, MD (address provided when you register)***
BACK TO YOU YOGA (Thursday Sept. 6th from 9 – 10:15 AM) outdoor class at Oak Spring Farm in Freeland, MD (20633 Mt Zion Rd. Freeland MD 21053)***
BARRE & YOGA CROSS TRAIN (Friday Sept 7th from 9 – 10:15AM) outdoor at Prettyboy Dam in Parkton, MD (17038 Pretty Boy Dam Rd. Parkton MD)***
ALUMA YOGA + FLEXIBLE WARRIOR (Saturday Sept 8th 9:30-10:45AM) at Aluma Yoga, 10151 York Rd #108, Cockeysville MD)
This fall, as you setlle back into a routine, reset your goals and get back on track with your fitness routine, consider your “why” and set a positive intention around how you want to feel and the positive impact your self-care has on your family and the world.
I hope you’ll join us at our Yoga Fundraiser Classes 🙂
P.S. studies show volunteer work and good karma is good for you health and wellness so that’s another bonus “side effect” 🙂
Stella, Luna, Leo and I thank you for your support!
XO & Namaste