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Support One Love

Dear Editor:

I would like to urge all of you to contribute and connect to make a difference. Local 911 dispatcher and yoga teacher Dawn Dexter has committed to raise $20,000, and she needs your help. Dawn has created an inspiring event called One Love Colorado, a 108 Sun Salutations Community Yoga Event.

This is an act of seva, or selfless service, and you too can contribute to the Seva Challenge.

On Saturday at 2 p.m. a group of local yoga instructors and members of the Roaring Fork Valley community will gather at the Eagle County Community Center in El Jebel to help raise $20,000 for Off the Mat, Into the World (OTM), a nonprofit organization that helps communities in crisis. Dexter is looking for upward of 200 participants. You can register and get more information at http://www.coloradoonelove.org.

This event is open to anyone; it will involve doing 108 Sun Salutations. If you feel that is too difficult, you can participate anyway and modify the poses to your ability. The point it to be a part of something larger than yourself and to give back.

The funds raised will help children who have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa and organizations who work to address this crisis in a holistic way. If Dexter reaches her $20,000 fundraising goal, she will personally go to South Africa in February 2011 to work with the children and organizations that the money is helping.

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Participants in the event are asked to raise $108-plus for OTM. These participant will collectively follow 12 local yoga instructors through 108 Sun Salutations. This is no easy task! The yoga practice is followed by food, live music by local musicians and a silent auction.

If you can’t make the yoga event, please come to the silent auction and dance party; contribute what you can.

One Love Colorado is a local group seeking to make a difference through yoga and service. They are partnering with the nonprofit organization Off The Mat, Into The World, a group with a mission to use the power of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism and ignite grassroots social change. OTM helps individuals take yoga “off the mat and into the world,” expanding the sphere of change outward to local and global communities. Look for more inspiring events in the future with One Love Colorado.

Gina Murdock

Aspen