Go Give Yoga

OUR MISSION

The Go Give Yoga Foundation empowers children to maximize their physical, intellectual, and emotional well-being through yoga. This is accomplished primarily through providing yoga classes to children and educational tools and leadership materials to the adults who support them. Our work focuses on under-funded schools and communities in need.

Yoga sparks a growing spiral of energy through the children to their parents and to the community at large. By training adults who work with children, we maximize resources to create a sustained impact.

 
HISTORY

Founders Marsha and Don Wenig believed that every child is like a diamond; beautiful, bright, multifaceted, priceless -- a precious gift. Unfortunately, for many children, this is not the image they see when they look in the mirror.  All too many children don’t know what it is to feel good in their own body, let alone feel good about themselves. They may have a hard time learning, feel dis-empowered, disadvantaged and less worthy than others. Imagine the results of growing up with those beliefs.

When children understand their own precious qualities they are able to perceive the same qualities in others. Marsha created a pose in YogaKids where children reach up and hold hands to make the shape of a diamond. This “bridge” connects our worlds. Yoga is about union, joining things together.  As we learn about each other, we bring this unity to ourselves, to our relationships, to our community. We embody the true essence of Namaste. Herein lies the magic of “The Bridge”.

(GoGiveYoga was originally founded as Bridge of Diamonds (a 501c3 non profit organisation), and relaunched under its current name in 2012. Our goals remain the same.)


HELPING, FIXING AND SERVING 

Helping, fixing and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul.

Serving makes us aware of our wholeness and its power. The wholeness in us serves the wholeness in others and the wholeness in life. The wholeness in you is the same as the wholeness in me. Service is a relationship between equals: our service strengthens us as well as others. Fixing and helping are draining, and over time we may burn out, but service is renewing. When we serve, our work itself will renew us. In helping we may find a sense of satisfaction; in serving we find a sense of gratitude.*

Go Give Yoga aims to serve the children and communities who are most in need.

*Extract from an article by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. is Associate Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at U.C.S.F. Medical School and co-founder and medical director of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program.