Kiss Me, I’m Irish! Celebrate St.Patrick’s Day Like St. Patrick.

Via on Mar 16, 2012
The Imagine Foundation fights to end Human Trafficking

St.Patrick’s Day is one of the oddest holidays we celebrate in America.

Generally, there is a parade and the bars are open by 7 A.M. The highlight for me is all the cute Irish women wearing “Kiss Me – I’m Irish” buttons (truth be told I’ve never gotten the Luck of the Irish Kiss). As Yogis, we struggle on St.Patrick’s day. We want to “Live In The Moment” as Yeah Dave tells us to, yet we know there is something wrong with drinking right before the first yoga class of the day ends.

Who was St. Patrick anyway?

St.Patrick was a British guy (now we know why we drink—technically he was from Wales), who was captured and brought to Ireland as a slave. Eventually he was freed and returned to his family, he became a priest and dedicated his life to the Church.

It is here where we find the true meaning of St.Patrick’s day. Take this as an opportunity to drink for all of those who are enslaved and celebrate the freedom you have. Then, take social action and actively work—like St.Patrick did—for the people.

Below are some organizations you can start with. And if you happen to see me,

Kiss me, I’m Irish!

How can you get involved in making a change this St.Patrick’s Day?

  1. Support The Imagine Foundation, start by liking their Facebook Page! Researching and Fighting Human Trafficking in Ohio.
  2. Maybe you are ready for Seane Corn and Off The Matt’s 2013 Seva Challenge—Human Trafficking in India.
  3. Support The Nepal Orphans Home—rescuing orphans in Nepal from Slavery and giving them a home and an education.
  4. Check out The Africa Yoga Project—actively creating yoga teachers in Nairobi and creating mentorships with teachers in the U.S. (Freeing people!)
  5. The Urban Lotus Youth Yoga project—local to Cleveland—teaching Yoga to kids in lock-up and in schools.
  6. The Yoga Freedom Project—Using Yoga as a healing tool for survivors of sex trafficking.

 

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Editor: Andrea B.

About Jamie Ginsberg

Jamie Ginsberg is a yoga teacher and the co-founder of Marin Power Yoga. He is a technology and education evangelist focused on using the social web to increase interaction and engagement. Jamie is a yogi (200 hour teacher training at Cleveland Yoga and Level 1 & Level 2 with Baron Baptiste) and has shot and produced videos and photography for Baron Baptiste, Yoga Journal Conferences and yoga studios across the United States. Jamie’s expertise is a rare blend of creative, business, legal and technology. Jamie has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the The University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate from The Cleveland-Marshall School of Law. Link to Jamie here and like him on Facebook.

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5 Responses to “Kiss Me, I’m Irish! Celebrate St.Patrick’s Day Like St. Patrick.”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul says:

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  3. Roger Wolsey says:

    Amen. On a related note, here's my Slave Patty's Day post from last year! http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/03/happy-slav

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