In October 2014 I wrote the following blog post on my dear friend Rachel Kuhn which inspired the column Beyond the Podium:
A Bikram Yoga Teacher Takes a Hike to Raise Hunger Awareness
I first met Rachel at Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Fall 2011. We didn’t hang within the same group of people and didn’t have much interaction within the 9-week period. Honestly, during teacher training you’re […] Read More
With the support of her friend Noah Anast, who helped her co-create what is now the Feed the World Yoga Tour after her initial fundraising during the hike did not meet her goals, Rachel is reaching out to the yoga community to help feed children in need for an entire year. Seem too good to be true? Read on to hear about this year’s tour!
What began as a 500 mile walk across Spain, El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, is now a global tour to end hunger. We walk. We yoga. We unite communities from around the world to feed their spirit and feed the children.
In direct partnership with the non-profit organization Feed My Starving Children that provides meals to children in nearly 70 countries around the world, Feed The World Yoga Tour raised nearly $8,000 in it’s inaugural tour, feeding 92 children for one year.
And now we begin again…this time in Lisbon, Portugal.
Yoga instructors Gina and Rachel will walk El Camino Portugues, Lisbon, Portugal to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, ending in Muxia, Spain, spanning 400 miles. For every mile walked, one child no longer goes hungry for a year. 400 miles walked. 400 children nourished for a year. $32,000 in contributions, feeding 4 villages for a year!
But wait, we’re just getting limbered up!
The global yogi community will take the torch from there, hosting a series of karma yoga, transformational events, where we get to feed our spirit and feed the children…ending hunger for 600 MORE children for a year! In total, that’s $80,300 in contributions, feeding 10 villages, 1,000 children, for a year! Miraculous and completely possible.
We invite you to make the journey with us…go beyond your edge and walk, yoga, serve, contribute, however YOUR pilgrimage looks for you and feed your spirit! And together, we feed the children. The future forever altered. One, loved, nourished world.
Our first stop on the 2015 Tour was in Des Plaines, Illinois’ very own Twisted Tree Yoga, Saturday, July 25th, 2015, in which 20 yogis participated and raised enough money to gift 2,460 meals to children around the world. Incredible!
2nd stop: Feed My Starving Children’s Schaumburg, Illinois’ location, 1072 National Pkwy, 11am-1pm…a soulful and spirited morning dedicated to packing meals for children around the world! Local communities standing for one loved, nourished, world community.
Other stops already confirmed on the tour are:
Bikram Yoga North Shore, Sunday, November 22nd, 4pm
26Hot in Glen Ellyn, Sunday, December 6th, 4pm
All proceeds from these Karma Classes go directly to the Feed the World Yoga Tour!
If you are interested in hosting a Karma Class to support this event please contact Rachel through the Feed the Yoga World Tour Facebook Page.
If you would like to send a donation to the cause please click here.
The mission statement for the Feed the World Yoga Tour reads as follows:
To empower and enable yoga practitioners to live their yoga practice beyond their mat and make a global, lasting impact. To breathe new life into the yoga community’s capacity to make a profound and ever-giving difference on a global scale. United and fortified as a community of yogis, in service of communities in need around the world and in our own backyards. Daring to go beyond our edge, feeding spirits, feeding children, the future forever altered. One loved, nourished world.
Get inspired and get involved – together, as a yoga community, we can make a global impact!