December Service Project

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Unity in Community ~ Taking Our Yoga Off the Mat

All month we are gathering in small groups to go out into the community and practicing Seva Yoga, the yoga of service. There are endless opportunities to help others and remember our connection with one another during this holiday season and beyond.

Get a bunch of friends and family members together, invite other yogis from the Center, and spread the joy of loving kindness and connection. Then post on our Facebook page and tell us what you did and how it made you feel. Photos would be great too!

Let’s expand our hearts and community through service this month!

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

Celebrate our AMAZING teachers!

Sunday, November 27th through Saturday, December 3rd

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Pot Luck Dinner

Friday, December 2nd at 7:30 PM

Bring a yummy dish to share

Socialize with other community members and get to know your teachers

NOVEMBER SERVICE PROJECT – COLLECTING FOR MANNA

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Each year, Asheville Community Yoga collects non-perishable food items for MANNA FoodBank of Western North Carolina. MANNA FoodBank distributes the products to more than 200 charitable organizations that feed people in need throughout Western North Carolina. These include food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, day care centers, and senior citizen feeding programs.

Please bring in non-perishable foods ONLY and place in the bin outside the door of the Center. If you are willing to volunteer to take the food to MANNA when the bin fills, please contact Wendy at wendy@ashevillecommunityyoga.com

 

OCTOBER SERVICE PROJECT – Helpmate Domestic Violence Services

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. We are once again collecting items from Helpmate’s Wish List. Please be sure you bring only the items mentioned for each week. We also need volunteers who are willing to deliver the items to Helpmate each week. Please email Wendy at wendy@ashevillecommunityyoga.com if you have any questions or wish to volunteer.

WEEK 1 – OCT 1 thru 9

Kitchen Supplies: Aluminum Foil, Plastic Wrap, Coffee, Dish Detergent

WEEK 2 – OCT 10 thru 16

Diapers & Baby Wipes

WEEK 3 – OCT 17 thru 23

Pocket size Kleenex, Hand Sanitizer, Appointment Books, Combination Locks, Umbrellas

WEEK 4 – OCT 24 thru 31

New & Gently Used Seasonal Items – Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Socks

Fall Clean Up!

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SEPTEMBER SERVICE PROJECT – Fall Cleaning!

Saturday, September 10th from 3:30 to 6:30 pm

Help us clean up the Center from top to bottom! Keeping our practice space clean is an important part of our service to the community. Join us as we bring sparkle and shine to every nook & cranny, every bolster and blanket, floor and countertop!

Sign up at the front desk or email Wendy@ashevillecommunityyoga.com to get more info.

Taking It To the Streets ~ The Yoga of Service: Outreach to the Homeless Population

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 20th from 10 to 12 noon

Our August Service Project is “Taking It to the Streets, The Yoga of Service”! Once again we will hit the streets of Asheville to practice compassionate communication with people who live on the streets. We’ll be handing out water, summer supplies, and smiles. Volunteer by donating items from the Wish List or plan to meet us downtown on Saturday, August 20th from 10 to noon. Sign up at the front desk or email Wendy@ashevillecommunityyoga.com for more information. 

If you have a rolling cooler we could borrow for that day, please bring it to the studio on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning before 10, labeled with your name and phone number.

Wish List Items:

•Gently used water bottles (we discourage handing out plastic water bottles – reusable bottles only please)

•energy bars

•small first aid kits

•rain parkas

•collapsible umbrellas

•flashlights

•Friday, August 19th ONLY – apples, peaches, pears

EVERYONE is welcome to join us. All ages, well-behaved dogs, and extended family members are invited to come along and see what Yoga Off the Mat is all about!

July Service Project – LEAF Art Dash

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 THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT TO HELP RUNNERS AND DISTRIBUTE GOODIES!

Saturday, July 30th, 8 to 10 a.m.

The race is at 9am and volunteers need to be in place by 8am. One set of volunteers will man a water station – to offer water to runners.
Others will be in small groups along the road for the race to make sure runners are going the right way and to assist as needed.
All done by 10 a.m. and free to enjoy the rest of the day!
Please contact Wendy or sign up at the front desk. This is a firm commitment, so please do not sign up if you are unsure you can attend.

Beautification Project for Zen & Now

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Sunday, May 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We are looking for people to help spruce up the front of Zen & Now, adding flowers, bushes, and maybe a tree or two. If you have extra plants in your garden to share or would like to donate time or money toward this project, please contact Wendy. Gift cards to garden supply stores are also an option if you want to help, but have a brown thumb and can’t help plant the flowers and shrubbery. wendy@ashevillecommunityyoga.com

April Service Project ~ Building Community with Habitat for Humanity

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SATURDAY, APRIL 30th, 8 am to 4 pm

 

We had an amazing time and learned so many new skills! Best of all we developed new friendships and worked with some of the wonderful people doing their sweat equity to buy their very own Habitat home. Special thanks to Elizabeth, Shawn, Carson, Ryan and Jamie for your hard work, dedication, and skills. We will definitely do this on a regular basis, so look for an opportunity to join us sometime soon!IMG_7087IMG_5341
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March Service Project ~ Spring Cleaning

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GIANT Thank You to ALL of the Yogis who came out to help us clean and paint!

SATURDAY, MARCH 19th, from 3:30 to 6:30

Show your love for the Center and dedication to our practice by keeping things clean, tidy, and fresh!

We will be super cleaning those little nooks and crannies where dust bunnies love to hide, washing bolster covers and wrangling them back on, getting to know one another, stopping periodically to dance, practice, grab a snack, and just have a great time of fellowship, cleaning & fun!

Sign up at the front desk, so we know how many will be helping out. Feel free to stay the whole time or drop in for an hour or two and bring something yummy to snack on and share with others, if you’d like! Dress comfortably, so you can periodically stop to dance, practice, and stretch, and of course, clean!

Questions? Email Wendy at wendy@ashevillecommunityyoga.com

February Service Project – Manna Food Bank

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Join us on Tuesday, February 23rd, from 9 a.m. to noon, as we pack food boxes at Manna Food Bank.

Space is limited to 8 volunteers, so sign up at the front desk TODAY! We will carpool from the upper gravel lot adjacent to the church, leaving at 8:30. If you live closer to the facility at 1370 Tunnel Rd., please meet us there. Dress comfortably and WARM (layers are a good idea) and wear closed toed shoes.

Please email Wendy at wendy@ashevilleyoga.com if you have any questions

January 2016 Service Project: Spreading Warmth This Winter

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Compassionate Communication ~ Taking Our Yoga Off the Mat

Deep gratitude to everyone who came out to support this wonderful event. Lots of requests to do it again, so look for this service project again during the summer, as we hit the streets with water, daily necessities, smiles and open hearts.

Throughout the month of January we will be collecting gently used and new gloves, hats and scarves. Then, on Sunday, January 31st at 1 pm, we will hit the streets of downtown to engage in compassionate communication with people who are often overlooked as they sit upon the sidewalks throughout our city. Sharing a smile and perhaps a pair of gloves or a warm hat, while looking into one another’s eyes with heart-felt compassion and kindness will expand our community and our practice in a whole new, beautiful way. [Read more…]