The Sanskrit name for selfless or community service is Seva and it is definitely something that Yoga Kula believes in. Each holiday season, we choose a charity to focus on and our students always respond wholeheartedly. We have an amazing group of yogis and they are extremely generous. We truly are a family and we work together to strengthen our community and support those who are less fortunate.
For Thanksgiving 2014, our students donated money, food, blankets, and coats to a local church for distribution to fellow Lawtonians.
In June 2015, we participated in The Longest Day sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. We taught 3 classes that day and all proceeds were donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Many of our students and one of our owners have been affected by Alzheimer’s in some way. In 2015, Kim Isaac formed a team called Yoga Kula Memory Keepers to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Students responded by donating money and walking. In that first walk, our team raised just under $2,000, which was the third highest amount in the Lawton walk.
For Christmas 2015, we adopted an Angel Tree family with four boys. Our students donated enough money to get clothes, shoes, and toys for each child.
In the Summer of 2016, several students donated shoes that were given to Rainbow Bridge Can Wait Animal Rescue. The shoes were sent to needy people in developing countries and Rainbow Bridge Can Wait received money to assist with their ongoing expenses in saving dogs and cats in the Lawton/Fort Sill community.
In August 2016, Yoga Kula Memory Keepers participated in the 2016 Walk To End Alzheimer’s. Another great turnout and more money raised!
For Christmas 2016, our students donated toiletries for the residents of the Lawton VA Center. We collected quite a bit.
In June 2017, we held a special candlelight class in support of the Longest Day. All proceeds went directly to Yoga Kula Memory Keepers in preparation for the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
In August 2017, we participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the third year.
In December 2017, the Salvation Army was running critically short of canned foods, so we asked our students to donate. As usual, they responded wholeheartedly and donated two carts full of non-perishable food.
Outside of the studio, our students are involved with a number of charitable organizations, including United Way of Southwest Oklahoma, Alzheimer’s Association, Salvation Army, American Cancer Society, and many more. We are so grateful to have such generous and selfless students as part of the Yoga Kula family.