When I trace back through my spiritual lineage I return to the Himalayas, to India, Nepal and Tibet and Bhutan. I am inspired by past present and future meditators, yogis and yoginis who devote their life to enlightenment, self realisation and helping others. Their teachings, and embodied wisdom offers insights that seed the growing practice of living mindfully, of breathing easy, of waking up.
In the spirit of gratitude, friends and I have since 2007 run special restorative classes, or ‘rest gatherings’ to raise funds for Himalayan region children living in India and Nepal. Funds go toward education, much needed environmental initiatives and the children’s well being.
I have had the honour every few years since 2009 of personally delivering funds raised and also to live, learn and teach Yoga and English within two Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Nepal. Many of the monks and nuns from as young as five come from remote villages, inaccessible by roads, some having to walk for over a month to reach the monastery. Here they live as a community immersed in the study and practice of Buddhism, and other general school subjects such as English, Tibetan, mathematics and social studies.
What inspires me is that from such a young age the monks and nuns live with a genuine motivation to be kind and compassionate to all beings, inspired by great Lamas such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness the Karmapa.
I will be in Nepal November and December 2016 to be part of rebuilding efforts post the earthquakes. Friends from Christchurch and I have now created ‘YOGA COMMUNITY NEW ZEALAND” to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Monasteies community support efforts.
If you would like to be involved in any way to support the young monks and nuns, please feel welcome to join the rest gatherings 2017 or contact Karla.
2017 ‘rest gatherings’
Rest gatherings offer time and space to dive deeply into the practice of restorative Yoga. Restorative Yoga is a powerful and simple practice to nourish and calm the nervous system, enhance breathing, circulation and digestion.
As in previous years, all Sunday ‘rest gatherings’ and the two Friday events held in 2016 proceeds will go to supporting the education of Himalayan region children, Monks and Nuns from India, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Funds will also be directed to a rebuilding project in Nubri, Nepal.
As 2017 marks the 10th annaversary of ‘rest gatherings’ we thought we would add lots more dates!! Rest gatherings will mainly be on Friday nights and some Sundays later in the year. Part of the proceeds for all the Friday ‘rest gatherings’ will go towards Karla’s Tibetan Buddhist Monk and Nun friends in Nepal and we are looking to support a local NZ community initiative too. 2017 dates are: 10th and 24th of February. 10th and 24th of March. 5th and 26th of May. 9th and 23rd of June. 28th of July. 11th and 25th of August. 8th and 22nd of September. October 20th. November 10th and 24th. December 8th. Bookings essential and recommended, $25, organic teas provided.
Venue: Contemporary Yoga Centre, 351 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland.
If you would like to book in to any of the above gatherings or contribute to the project please contact Karla.
Please view Karla’s blog for images of her travels and activities both here and in Nepal.