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Seva

Change Your Life, Change the World. All of our events this year will raise money to help others. Off the Mat, Into the World is about taking everything you learn on the yoga mat strength, compassion, focus, flexibility and extending it out into the world to ignite grass roots social change.

Co-founded by Jen Chitwood and Melody Moore, One Love Dallas is the local Off the Mat, Into the World Organization providing fund raising and community service events in Dallas. One Love Dallas raised over $70,000 during 2010 for HIV/AIDs prevention and relief in South Africa.

Our Benefactors

The Linawo Childrens’ Home

Linawo Children’s Home is a residential home that cares for abandoned, neglected, and orphaned children as a result of substance abuse, poverty, and/or HIV/AIDS. Included in this group are children with disabilities and HIV. Thanks to funds that were raised through Off the Mat and Dallas yoga community, they were able to move from a very small, 2 room home in Khayelitsha, Cape Town to a home more capable of housing the 15 children and 3 caregivers in a secure and stable environment.

In 2002, Ivy Konisi responded to the desperate need of some of the children in her community. These childrens parents were unable to care for them due to ill health or poverty while other parents neglected their children in favour of substance abuse. Since this time, Mama Ivy and the amazing caregivers who assist her have cared for more than 20 children on a full-term basis.

Linawo currently provides temporary and permanent residential, physical and emotional care for 15 children between the ages of 1 and 14 years. Care will continue until the children are 18 years of age when they hope to further support them through higher education. Education funds have been started for this purpose. The long term mission of the home is not merely to provide food and shelter for children but rehabilitate their lives and develop good and honest characters so that they can become adults that make an effective contribution to our society. Their vision is to have a number of satellite homes in different communities around the country where not more than 20 children are cared for on one premise so as to maintain a family environment.

Mama Ivy and Linawo’s director, Heather Wonnacott, are absolute inspirations and embody the meaning of SEVA (selfless service). They have given their lives to bettering the lives of these children. The love they share shines in the faces of the children.

Please help support them by joining us for the 108 Sun Salutations event on March 20 or dropping off items for donation at the studios. Below is a list of needed items we are collecting for a care shipment to be delivered after our event:

  • New or gently used pajamas (winter and summer)
    New or gently used slippers
    New socks

    Nappies (M & XL)

    Wet Wipes

    Fitted sheets (17 single & 2 double)

    Flat sheets (17 single & 2 double)

    First Aid items

    Sanitary pads

    Ink cartridges (HP Officejet 6500)

    Plastic sleeves (for filing)