ONE lOVE, Off the Mat, Into the World, The Seva Challenge: TEXAS is into YOGA

Via on Jun 15, 2010

One thing I’ve noticed since I’ve been in America is the sensation that Americans experience when Texas is mentioned in conversation (especially the Texans) usually there is an ironic and uncomfortable moment where they look at you as if you knew why they feel disconnected from their hometown.Through time I’ve learned to understand that this injury has been done through politics and very bad decisions made by the Bush Administration who happens to be from Texas and by the Texans that were lured by his point of view and supported all nonsense. A black aura of environmental destruction and materialism seemed to smoke the Texan perception of reality. Plus no need to mention the racism that display in ignorance within the communities of the city.This being said, I am very happy to share with you the letter I got this morning from Melody Moore about this beautiful yoga happening in Texas…blessings to the Texans and may love keep blossoming.

Hi Yessica (via Anna),
Thank you for offering to write about us in Elephant!  My family live in Denver, so I am familiar with the great magazine!  One Love Dallas is a brainchild of my collaborator Jen Chitwood, owner of Uptown Yoga Studios in Dallas, and myself, a psychologist in private practice in Dallas.  The two of us each took Off the Mat, Into the World’s Global Seva Challenge 2010.  In doing so, we pledged to raise a minimum of $20,000 EACH towards Off the Mat’s endeavors in South Africa, including four non-profit grass roots organizations:  The GOLD Peer education, YouthAIDS, South African Whole Grain Bread Project, and the EarthChild Project.  Each of these organizations has as its mission the eradication of the spreading of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, where, during the month-long FIFA World Cup, 4,500 S. African babies will be born with HIV and over 20,000 S. Africans will die from AIDS.  Over 40% of those under 20 years old are HIV/AIDS positive in South Africa!  These numbers are scary, and we wanted to join Seane Corn, Suzanne Sterling, and Hala Kouri at Off the Mat in making a difference if we could.

We decided after attending an Off the Mat leadership intensive training in San Francisco this March that not only did we want to see change in South Africa, but also in our local yoga community.  Dallas, as a rule, has numerous yoga studios and thousands of practicitioners, but there does not seem to be a “community” feel, a place where yogis and yoginis can come together and feel part of a collective, a powerful collective that can do good by doing it together.  And so, with both missions in mind, we came up with One Love Dallas, which is a 108 sun salutation practice fundraiser that will be a reward for those who have raised a minimum of $108 to participate.  The 108 Salutations will be led by 12 teachers from across Dallas, representing 10 yoga studios.  Each has pledged to bring at least 12 of their students.  Therefore, by design, One Love would have raised at least $16,000.  Already, with five days to go, we have 175 people signed up.  The yoga community has been incredibly generous in giving their time and talents.  We had volunteers who created a beautiful interactive website (www.onelovedallas.org) as well as PR materials, sound design, gift bags (courtesy of Lululemon), water donations (courtesy of Glaceau and Starbucks), and snacks (Corner Market).  It should be quite a celebration, for One incredible cause.

I am happy to tell you more about One Love, Off the Mat, Into the World, the Seva Challenge, or anything else.  Please contact me at the email above or at 214.912.8693.

We are welcoming donations that can be made via our website at www.onelovedallas.org

Thanks so much and namaste,
Melody Moore

THANK YOU Melody!

Love

yeye

About Yesica Pineda

My name is Yésica Pineda-Moreno, though some people call me Yeye. I was born and raised in Mexico City. My mom and dad are wonderful people who raised me to believe that loving-kindness, peace of body, mind and soul ~ real happiness ~ are the only worthwhile goals in life, the rest is just history. At the age of 20, I was chosen a Mexican Musical Talent (Valores Juveniles = American Idol) between thousands of young people in the country. Such opportunity gave me the chance to travel to The United States and meet incredible famous people from whom I've learned plenty about the hard work involved in the public life and the challenges it represents to our spiritual growth. I recorded my solo album with 10 time’s Grammy winner engineer Rafa Sardina rafasardina.com, and the talented songwriter Rafa Esparza-Ruiz. You can find it in any digital store by searching "Yeye Organic Pop". When I thought there was nothing else to be achieved, I found Yoga, or Yoga found me. In 2000, I started training with Bryan Kest and educated myself in his school of Power Yoga, which eventually led me to the practice of Vipassana meditation with teacher S.N.Goenka dhamma.org, training which I consider my foundation. For more information about my Yoga Practice visit yogichocolate.com My current music project is called Planetary Moods ~ Pop Sanskrit and the exploration of different frequencies resonance. You can hear my music on on myspace Listen at our website Planetary Moods.

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6 Responses to “ONE lOVE, Off the Mat, Into the World, The Seva Challenge: TEXAS is into YOGA”

  1. Jessica Irvin says:

    Being a former Texan myself….I very much relate to what you are saying here about the dissonance between Texans and the rest of the states (ok, the world), Yesica.

    Melody and Jen have followed in the footsteps of Seane Corn and have truly taken their yoga off of the mat. They are going to do great things in S. Africa from their heart and from other's living out their yoga and sharing their love.

    I am so proud of my little sister and fellow yogini, Melody, and so inspired by Jen, Seane Corn and the whole team!!!!! (Especially delighted to see her in Elephant!!!!)

  2. Magda says:

    …and know a couple of beautiful Yoginis from the great state of Texas!
    ~sending all my love to TX~

  3. Chelsea Roff CDR says:

    So proud of the Dallas yoga community for coming together to rally behind Melody and Jen in their Seva Challenge and efforts to support our entire global family. Thanks, elephant, for sharing this beautiful story, and I hope One Love will inspire others around the nation to create similar events for grassroots social change.

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