At Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, the concept of community is more than common ground. It’s a shared sense of purpose that reveals itself as karma yoga, or rather, the desire to heal and serve the world via selfless service. This desire’s current manifestation is the Laughing Lotus Summit Raffle to benefit Lineage Project—an organization that brings yoga and meditation to at-risk and incarcerated youth in New York. (See below for details.)
What happened was this: Dana Trixie Flynn, owner and co-founder of Laughing Lotus, and I were discussing the upcoming Lotus Summit (a weekend in-house yoga retreat/reunion happening over the weekend of June 14-16) and we decided that it would be the ideal locus to raise money and funds for Lineage. What’s more a raffle seemed the perfect way to involve the entire Lotus community plus local vendors in a grassroots endeavor that would keep kids out of the system and put the fun back in fundraising.
So I called in a few Lotus people to assist me in this endeavor, Lotus teacher Annie Mulgrew, Lotus student Lisa Merkle and Lotus teacher ABC Cooper Chou, and together we put together a cadre of eighteen raffle bags stuffed to the brim with prizes that any New York yogi would want including a one-year unlimited membership to Laughing Lotus, a Breville Juice Fountain Plus, yoga pants by Victoria Keen, cosmetics from Benefit, ten-class card to Broadway Dance Center, Tube Dress by Anne Kothari, three-class card from Barry’s Bootcamp, massages, haircuts etc. Who wouldn't wanna shell out a mere ten bucks a raffle ticket for amazing swag like that?
“What’s fantastic about this raffle is that the tickets are only ten dollars, the contents of each raffle bag are worth 500 dollars and the money the raffle raises is being matched three times by corporate matchers,” Mulgrew says. “So if you buy one ticket, it’s the equivalent of donating forty dollars. This makes it possible for everyone to make a sizeable donation and a difference in a kid’s life. It’s a karma win-win.”
Here’s 411: raffle tickets are $10 each and $100 for 12. Tickets can be purchased online at https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=137 or at the front desk at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center. Raffle drawing is June 24th, 2013. For Summit schedule and info see http://nyc.laughinglotus.com/summitschedule.html or call Laughing Lotus for details.
Please help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 so we can give Lineage Project $40,000. Your donation holds a triple value in every sense of the world.
WATCH A VIDEO ABOUT LINEAGE PROJECT HERE
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Born in New Orleans and raised in Brooklyn, Emily Stone is a writer and yoga teacher living in New York City. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College in 2006. Currently she is a senior teacher at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC and SF where she also teaches teacher training. Books include: Visvamitrasana: Volume I of the Sage Series (Inflextion) and Did Jew Know? Forthcoming from Chronicle Books in the fall of 2013. Up next: writing an ebook about the Hindu sages and gathering oral histories for The Whole Hole.