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Yoga community comes together

Dear Editor:

The second annual Yoga in Action Day, Aug. 19 at Paepcke Park, is something that gave me great hope. It was people coming together to learn, engage and participate to make the world a better place.

The Aspen Yoga Society and the Shakti Foundation – in collaboration with AREDay – offer Yoga in Action as a way to motivate the yoga community to get off the mat and support important causes. This year, we raised money and awareness for the “Off the Mat Into the World Yoga Votes” campaign, the “Off The Mat Into the World Global Seva Challenge” to eradicate sex slavery worldwide, 3Generations’ campaign to eradicate sex slavery and the documentary “10,000 Men,” Thompson Divide Coalition to stop drilling in Pitkin and Garfield counties, the Cambodian Children’s Fund, AREDay and more.

Last year, we collectively sponsored a child from Cambodia who is now thriving in her school. Yoga in Action would not be possible without our “talent,” the awesome teachers Aaron King and Ashley Turner, musicians Chris Phillips, aka Biff, and Eden Vardy on drums, Jan Garrett and JD Martin and the fabulous sound hero Bo Hale. All of these team players gave their time and talent to create a beautiful community event.

Very special thanks to King Yoga, O2 and the Aspen Club for canceling their morning yoga classes and asking all of their students to join us under the sun in beautiful Paepcke Park, honoring “The Aspen Idea” of connecting mind, body and spirit. The city of Aspen and Tom Rubel deserve big applause for maintaining the parks and for being cool to work with. Finally, I’d like to thank Chip Comins and Ginna Kelly for putting on AREDay, an inspiring and critically important summit addressing the most pressing issue of our time. Please look up these causes and consider taking action. And, please make sure to vote!

Be the change you wish to see …

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Gina M. Murdock

Aspen