Dear friends, family, neighbors, and believers in equity everywhere,
cOMmunity Yoga & Mindfulness is a grassroots nonprofit organization striving to co-create a supportive yoga community in City Heights, San Diego. Our goal is to increase access to yoga & mindfulness by offering free classes that connect people within a healing context. We believe that yoga should be accessible and affordable to EVERYONE, and are fundraising to make that a reality in City Heights.
Our neighborhood of City Heights has a rich cultural fabric of diversity beyond compare; we are immigrants, refugees, people disproportionately affected by mass incarceration, family separation, inequality, and trauma. These adverse conditions weigh heavy in the lives of individuals and take a toll on our community at large. Our organization provides a pathway for healing with free yoga classes, while organizing to reduce systemic factors that negatively impact public health.
There is significant evidence that the regular practice of yoga & mindfulness can build a person’s resiliency factors and improve overall health outcomes including mental health. Yoga and mindfulness are our vehicle to nurture healing at both the individual and community level. In our practice of yoga we are body positive, LGBTQIA+ affirming, inclusive of all religious beliefs, and welcoming of ALL people.
The average yearly income for a family of four in City Heights is between $19,393 and $24,400, within the range of the federal poverty level of $22,050. Our efforts to make yoga accessible in City Heights will only be made possible by the generosity and support of our larger community. That’s where YOU come in! Your donation will help us launch the first nonprofit yoga studio in City Heights. By donating, you will help us provide access to yoga in a place where healing options are needed but lacking.
Help us reach our goal of raising $20,000 before 2020! Your generous donations will help us launch our nonprofit, open our yoga studio, and add classes to the schedule. Below is a breakdown of how money from this campaign will be used:
$6,500 - Five free public yoga classes per week for 6 months
$4,500 - Studio startup costs
$3,000 - Studio management software for a year
$2,000 - Equipment
$1,500 - Nonprofit Business Consulting
$1500 - Insurance
$500 - Supplies
$500 - Board Development
Money raised by this online campaign will make it possible for us to realize our dream of opening a nonprofit yoga studio in City Heights as a sanctuary for hope & healing. Thanks for your support and for being a part of our journey!
Brianda, Louise, Hannelore, Giselle, & Gris
cOMmunity Yoga & Mindfulness Founding Team