What makes me most sad about yoga is how people see it as a hobby for the rich. Here in the Philippines, studio rates can get pricey and for the general population, that’s all they know.
Randomly and through doing my barter classes, I’ve met people who tried yoga once using a beginner’s trial and never got to go back to it because of a lack of funds – I was one of these people up until over a year ago. Some people don’t even want to go near it, writing it off as “expensive stretching.”
Yoga is much more than that and ultimately, for me, it’s such a life-giving practice. Once they get off the mat, I see yogis who are all about striving to be kind in whatever way they can – be it in a small personal way, or a huge service to people they don’t even know.
To share this beautiful people-oriented side of yoga, my fellow White Space Yoga teacher training graduates and I are starting Oms Giving. It’s our way of reconciling our love of yoga, our desire to teach and spread the practice, and to just be helpful human beings.