This is what Community Means: Michael Joel Hall: How we can Help.

Via elephant journal
on Jul 26, 2012
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Via Peg Mulqueen

Last weekend, Washington DC yoga teacher Michael Joel Hall  was attacked.

Michael and his boyfriend were brutally beaten by a group of teenagers as they walked home. Michael’s injuries were extensive, requiring surgery. Like many yoga teachers, Michael does not have health insurance.

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When we say we have a “yoga community” this is what it means:

Via Facebook group organized by Michael’s friends and colleagues

Dear friends,

Michael Hall and Michael Roike were attacked Saturday night in a random act of violence. Thankfully, they are both alive and were not injured beyond repair. Sadly, Michael Hall was taken to the hospital and required surgery to repair a broken cheek bone.

To help support Michael Hall’s recovery and required surgery, I have created this event to share your thoughts, prayers, love and well wishes.

I have also created a PayPal donation link to help pay for these unexpected and unnecessary hospital expenses. Feel free to donate any amount you want and pass this event to other friends of Michael’s.

The Donation link is located here:

In more news – Cobalt/30 Degrees is hosting a fundraiser this Thursday evening where all proceeds from the door ($3 cover) go to the MJHFund. Thank you Mark and the Cobalt staff!

639 R Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

Flow Yoga in Logan Circle will be hosting a “In the Name of Love” fundraiser on Friday Night July 27, 8:15pm

Where: Flow Yoga Center
What: We will be offering two donation classes featuring Flow’s Mimi Rieger, Rob Hess, Greg Marzullo and Brittanie DeChino.
Reserve Your Space:

STROGA – Scott Westbrook Simpson is hosting a fundraiser for MJH on Sunday, July 29.

Where: STROGA at 1808 Adams Mill Rd. NW (18th & Columbia)
What: 11:00 AM Budokon Flow class

Please join the entire DC yoga community for a special donation yoga class benefiting Michael Joel Hall.

Sunday, August 5th at 5 p.m.
Meridian Hill Park – 16th and W St NW
12 Teachers – 108 Sun Salutations – Bring Your Own Mat

Thank you all for your love and support.

If you are local to Washington DC, please consider attending one of these events.

If you would like to give, but are not in the area, please consider making a donation via Paypal.




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10 Responses to “This is what Community Means: Michael Joel Hall: How we can Help.”

  1. Sheila says:

    Every Monday I teach yoga, in order to raise funds for Leukemia. This Monday… our funds will be given towards Michael Joel Hall.

    This should not have happened.
    All the best in healing.
    Shei xo

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  3. yogasamurai says:

    I live in Washington, DC. The police are not investigating this attack as a "random act of violence." They are investigating it as a Hate crime – but that aspect has ZILCH to do with yoga. They are investigating it as an attack on two openly gay men by a band of Black teenagers.

    Because of the proliferation of these attacks over the years, which have racial as well as gender/lifestyle aspects to them, the police set up a special Gay and Lesbian investigative unit which does quite a good job, most people seem to think.

    Better reporting please, from a web-site with journalistic pretensions? It really has nothing to do with yoga, and the teacher in question is really not that "well-known." I understand, though, why people will avail themselves of any media resources to raise money for this cause.

  4. yogasamurai says:

    No, I really think good honest reporting is good honest reporting. You do it without fear – or favor. It's a journalistic ethic – like a Hippocratic oath. You either embrace it – or you don't, and that's what defines you.

    Unfortunately, it's getting harder and harder to distinguish yoga from yoga "hype" – it's become endemic to the enterprise. This is what "spiritual materialism" naturally engenders, and there's an upside, especially for those in a position to benefit, but overall, a powerful downside, too. Yoga sages have been quite clear on this for a very long time.

    This is going on everywhere in the yoga blogopshere, though. At Huff Po, where I frequently write, most of the posting in the yoga section read like infomercials. EJ, Yoga Dork and Yoganonymous all have their favorite celebrities and businesses and do their level best to help market them. And it brings in the page views, and the advertisers.

    Yoga is very much a social media marketing phenomenon. Now what that actually has to do with day-to-day, lived community and deeply held values and meaning? Another discussion perhaps.

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