A Day of Celebration
Prior to building the houses in 2015, we organized a Yoga Fundraiser to raise funds for the local Habitat affiliate and to raise awareness about the work that Habitat for Humanity Zambia was doing in the community. It was an all-day event, yoga in the morning, an info session presented by Habitat, a vegetarian lunch, yoga in the afternoon and then a fun raffle with many prizes. It was amazing, so many generous yogis showed up to support us.
Yogi’s coming together and generating positive energy, thoughts, and actions by practicing Karma Yoga, the path of selfless service to benefit the community of Lusaka, Zambia. Their kindness and generosity helped to raise 10,000ZMK ($1,000USD) to support the work of Habitat for Humanity Zambia.
And we accomplished this together by giving ourselves the gift of Yoga. The gift that connects us to ourselves, to others, to nature. The gift that touches every aspect of our lives in a positive way and brings out our full potential so that we may better ourselves and our community.
A perfect day started us off following a path lined with brightly colored paper lanterns weaving through the stunning Wayside Guesthouse gardens of exotic flowers, trees, and bamboo. We joined together to share our yoga practice under a draped tent, hand sewn prayer flags strewn along the walls, and filled with flowers and beautiful yogi’s. An invigorating morning session, followed by a most delicious vegetarian Glory Bowl lunch served in the cutest Chinese takeout boxes, stopping for a bit of fun to raffle off amazing prizes of a luxury weekend safari, yoga starter kits, and yes we even had a wheelbarrow filled with beer that was a big hit! and much more. We ended our day with a gentle therapeutic afternoon practice, a guided meditation and feeling grateful for our time together and all that we have.
Behind the scenes, there were many people who worked very hard to make this all possible. Our core team Rick (brother-in-law) and the 3 sisters, Louisa, Peggy, and Kathryn. Rick was our man of all trades, driving, picking up supplies, set up, tear down, and always being there just when you needed him. Louisa was the number one and only chief cook who worked endless hours to prepare the absolutely scrumptious meals that was so nicely presented and enjoyed by everyone. Peggy who tirelessly handmade beautiful decorations, gift bags, and table settings. Kathryn who prepared the yoga sessions and taught the classes, and all the team collectively for the prepping of the million and one logistical things-to-do from start to finish. The Wayside B&B for generously providing the space as well as supporting us to make sure everything was just right, and Cheba Chakulya, Event Planner who took care of the tickets, calling, arranging and bringing all those yogis to us! The generous businesses who donated prizes, Sanctuary Lodges, Lululemon, Foodlovers, Leila Stuart Yoga Therapy. And Habitat for Humanity Zambia for participating.
Thank you Yogi’s of Lusaka! Till’ we meet again.