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Yogis unite for change

Dear Editor:

The Aspen Yoga Society was formed to unite community through yoga. We are a diverse group of yoga teachers, studio owners/managers and community members all interested in making the world a better place. We believe, at our core, that we are stronger together than apart. We also believe in seva, or service, to our community and to one another.

It is because of these beliefs that we hold events to bring the community together and highlight and support different causes. Earlier this month, the Aspen Yoga Society partnered with Aspen TREE to support the Aspen Eco Fest. The Yoga Rave at the Wheeler was a big success after Rod Stryker’s awesome talk on his book “The Four Desires” (great, important book).

Many thanks to River Morgan, Evan Soroka, Kellyn Johnson and Courtney Smith for volunteering their time. The next morning we awoke early, set up an awesome sound system, thanks to Karen King and Glenwood Music, and held a beautiful yoga practice in Paepcke Park with Sharon Caplan, Erica Odlaug, River and Shayne Morgan, and others.

On June 12 we went for a big event down in Carbondale at the awesome PAC3 venue (support PAC3!), knowing Carbondale is a place built with a strong sense of community. We had an incredible talent coming to visit us, Suzanne Sterling, the co-founder of Off The Mat Into The World. My dream was to get every yoga studio to come together to support one cause, Yoga for Freedom was an evening dedicated to raising funds and awareness to eradicate sex slavery worldwide, and it worked!!! We are stronger together and have a bigger impact; there is much more that binds us than divides us. The Aspen Yoga Society is dedicated to raising awareness and funds to combat sex slavery. Please join us.

It is with so much gratitude that I thank every studio in this valley for rallying with us behind this important cause. The Shakti Foundation is RAD and is our partner organization, supported by The Aspen Club and Spa, Arjuna Yoga, O2 , King Yoga (thanks to Aaron King and Evan Soroka for teaching an awesome class), le circle community studio in Basalt, Bikram’s Yoga College of India in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood, Aspen Health and Harmony, True Nature, and Kula Yoga on Main in Carbondale and our friends at The Yoga Space in Glenwood, Lululemon, Heidi Hat, Restaurants Six89 and Phat Thai, Heather Vandiepan, Wilderness Workshop, Dj Lior and Eden, Scott Cook, All The Pretty Horses including Olivia Pevec, Mateo and Ashton, Janerator on photos, and Sopris Sun (a non profit newspaper, needs support!) and of course Josh Behrman (and Alta) for making a space for big fun times. Most importantly to Suzanne Sterling and to every person who came out to support Yoga for Freedom, thank you, thank you.

We are making a difference and it is a process and let’s keep going until we live in the world we want to live in. Never, ever give up.

Gina Murdock


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