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 was last in Nepal November and December 2016 distributing funds for building materials post the devistating earthquake. We were gifted funds for new bedding for over 120 monks and also created a small library for the young monks. Friends from Christchurch and I have now created ‘YOGA COMMUNITY NEW ZEALAND” to raise awareness and funds for the Monasteries community support efforts. Our focus in the next year will be on helping the monks secure funds for PPE, food and medicines so that they remain safe during the pandemic.
If you would like to be involved in any way to support the young monks and nuns, contact Karla.
2021 ‘rest gatherings’ dates to be announced…
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.
‘Rest gathering’ 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 toward PPE, food and medical supplies in the pandemic.
Please view Karla’s visual journal for images of her travels and activities both here and in Nepal.