Grow Your Yoga 2018

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For the 9th annual GROW YOUR YOGA campaign, Moksha and Modo Yoga studios worldwide have partnered with the David Suzuki Foundation, Junglekeepers, and One Tree Planted to help raise funds for habitat conservation and reforestation. The goal is to raise a collective $200,000 by the end of April. After nearly 15 years of weekly by-donation karma class funds and donating to social, political, and environmental justice organizations, meeting the goal this year will put this world-wide community closer to its BIG goal to raise $5 million since the first Moksha yoga studio opened its doors!

Known for their commitment to sustainability, human rights and social activism, Moksha and Modo Yoga studios are using this year’s GROW YOUR YOGA campaign to put more trees in the ground and protect critical habitat in the Amazon Rainforest, Costa Rica, and Canada. Each studio will donate 100% of their March and April Karma Class funds to benefit one of the three organizations. Here at Moksha Yoga St. John’s, we have chosen to support One Tree Planted – a non-profit based in Shelburne, Vermont who works with amazing reforestation organizations around the world that need financial support to help them get more trees in the ground. They started in 2014 with a mission to make it simple for people to help the environment: one dollar = one tree.

Grow Your Yoga is about taking the practice of yoga – a contemplative, peaceful practice – off of the mat and out of the studio, to help effect real change in the world. In addition to inviting people to attend Karma classes (by donation) at studios across Canada, the United States, Australia, and France, Moksha and Modo Yoga studios are encouraging students to get involved in spreading the word about their studio’s events to get even more people involved in raising funds for forests.

Trees, like us, exist in communities; and like the very forests that sustain our planet, you also create thriving communities at your studios. Our goal this year is to celebrate community – both social and ecological – by highlighting our Live Green and Community Support Pillars and lending our collective support to three incredible forest advocacy organizations.

There will be a 30 Day Challenge April 1 – 30: Registration opens Sunday, March 11

There will be a sticker board of course, community building and support as we sweat together and challenge ourselves to set our own personal goals of what is possible for this on-the-mat challenge (ie. practice once a day for 30 days, 25 of 30 days, or whatever you desire!) The 30 Day Challenge is for the month of April, and we encourage you to have days off and to set a goal for what you feel is do-able for your personal day journey. We want it to be challenging, but more importantly provide the opportunity for you to create a sustainable practice of getting on the mat – a 30 Day Challenge is a fun way to explore that! There will be prize draws for free unlimited month passes, Yogassage, MYSJ logo tank tops, plus lots of super sweaty high fives along the way!

Grow Your Yoga Challenge Pass Fees:
$140 for non-members
$112 for students (full-time with valid ID) + seniors (55+)
$10 for VIP + Club 365 Members – be sure to login to your profile with us for the $10 pricing option to show as an option for purchase.
Fee includes your name on the sticker board + BINGO card, and entry to win some amazing prizes!

How will we fundraise at MYSJ for One Tree Planted?
1.  Karma Classes
All donations from Karma Classes held during the months of March & April will be supporting One Tree Planted.
2.  30 Day  Challenge April 1 – 30
50% off total Grow Your Yoga Pass fees will be donated to the One Tree Planted. This includes the option to play challenge BINGO for an opportunity to win prizes.
3. A Clothing Swap + Bake Sale: April 14 from 10am-2pm
Both the bake sale and clothing swap are pay what you can + open to everyone!
All proceeds collected will be donated to One Tree Planted.
4. Earth Hour Candlelight Yin + Eucalyptus Karma Class: April 22 @ 8:30pm
$5 donation to attend with all proceeds in support of One Tree Planted.
5. Teacher Takeover Day: April 27
$10 Drop-in fee (per class) to attend special themed Teacher Take0ver classes (offered throughout the day) with all fees donated to One Tree Planted.
6. Community Get Together + Silent Auction
Silent Auction: April 27 @ 8am thru April 29 until 6pm

Community Get Together: April 27th from 6pm -8pm
This is open to everyone, not just challengers so bring your friends, family or strangers even! There will be snacks, tea and some door prizes. Admission to this get together is free but we will take donations in cash form with all proceeds going to One Tree Planted.
7. Workshop “How & Why We Practice” to Grow Your Yoga: April 28 @ 4pm with Jill 
This workshop is open to everyone!  All proceeds collected from Grow Your Yoga Workshops will be donated to One Tree Planted.
$20 for non-challengers
$10 for 30 Day Challengers
** No discount for this workshop for VIP Members – all proceeds are donations for One Tree Planted**

So getting involved is pretty easy! You can sign up online or in-studio to join this awesome 30 day challenge and know that your practice is giving back. If you are not participating in the 30 day challenge, no worries  as we are offering lots of events, special workshops + classes open to everyone by donation (see above). You can also follow our studio’s social media posts on Facebook and Instagram about One Tree Planted and reshare on your social media.

At MYSJ, our studio our goal is to raise more than $2,500 for One Tree Planted. That’s A LOT of trees!
The Moksha and Modo Worldwide community goal is to raise $200,000 combined for all three organizations.

Whether you choose to join the challenge or make a donation – just reading this note is also a powerful action on your part. Being informed is crucial to creating change and protecting the earth.