What do Halloween and Yoga Aid have in common?
On October 31st my husband and I were driving home and for whatever reason we changed our route and drove down a street of Willoughby, a suburb on the mid north shore of Sydney.
It was early evening and the normally quiet street was filled with children and teenagers dressed up in their Halloween costumes. We drove slowly which, while a matter of safety, afforded us the opportunity to drink in this Halloween experience. It seemed the whole street and more was outside talking, playing and laughing. A number of front yards had become the outdoor dinning room and were filled with adults sated from their evening meal , sitting talking and watching the events of the neighbourhood.
I was reminded of our three Halloweens spent on the north shore of Chicago, not so long ago. My family had revelled in the sense of fun and community that Halloween evoked. Here was that same sense of community coming together to have fun.
This year on 14th November across Australia, thousands of people will come together to share the gift of yoga and be grateful for all that yoga has given them. Whether you practice yoga or not, anyone can join in this event. Just by coming, you are saying “Yes, life is good and I am grateful for all that I have.”
Yoga Aid is a fun, fund raising event whereby each participant or “challenger” receives sponsorship from friends and family. That sponsorship supports a number of lesser known charities that need our assistance to continue their good work.
For me, this year’s Yoga Aid event will be held on stunning Lindeman Island. As part of the Body & Soul Festival, the event will start at 7:00am. We will enjoy two hours of yoga, laughter, breathing and meditation, pausing to notice how the gifts we have, enrich our lives.
Any event which brings people together in a peaceful harmonious way, enables us to connect with each other and affirm that life is indeed good.
I encourage you to join this national day of community celebration by participating in the Challenge of by contributing directly to Yoga Aid.