We yogis are a force worldwide. Those who practice yoga represent about 3% of the adult population in Australia. The numbers in the United States are likely to be even higher. We who do yoga can do good and we do.
It makes me happy that we yogis want to give back after having received so much from our practice. We join organisations with a social conscience like Yoga Off the Mat and Into the World and Care2Causes. We give money and share our energy in outreach programs and support those in prisons and veterans of war.
Yoga may be a personal and introspective journey and at the same time it makes us want to spread the blessings we have received.
Here’s an opportunity to share yoga’s gifts in a way that will ripple out into a part of the Australian landscape that has not yet been impacted: the Aboriginal community.
Wayne Tompkins, ‘a proud Wiradjuri warrior’, is asking for crowd funding assistance so that he can fulfil his dream of becoming a yoga teacher. It’s likely that he will be the very first Aboriginal yoga teacher.
Here’s how Wayne describes what yoga means to him:
My traditional Wiradjuri country is in SE NSW. But I grew up in Sydney and NSW country towns. I am a modern day urban black fella.
I never got to know my tribal land, language, law, culture, dance or song. These were taken from us by white man a long time ago.
Yoga has become my new culture, my new song and dance, my new corroboree.
I started doing yoga five years ago. Yoga has changed my life. It has become my new way of living. Yoga is my well being: my physical, mental and spiritual strength and truth.
Yoga has energised me, and made me flexible, physical and active again. It has given me more confidence, self-esteem and control in my life. It has connected me to myself and to my spirituality.
Would you like to join with me to help realise Wayne’s vision of teaching yoga? You can donate through the crowd sourcing organisation, Pozible.com. Click here to find out more about Wayne, Pozible.com, and pledge your donation.