All of our staff get great satisfaction from helping others through yoga. Since we opened our doors in Cork, we have continued to make a huge impact in the local community through our corporate social responsibility initiatives which include Yoga in the Park, Yoga for a Healthy Mind and our Christmas Giving Campaign. To date these initiatives have raised over €78,000 for our charity partners.
Yoga in the Park is a donation based outdoor yoga class which takes place every Saturday morning over the summer months in Fitzgerald’s Park in aid of Cork Simon Community and the Regional Park Ballincollig in aid of Pieta House. It runs from June-September from 10:00-11:15am in Fitzgerald’s Park and from 10:15-11:30am in the Regional Park Ballincollig. To date the event has raised over €76,000 for our chosen charities thanks to the generosity of the people of Cork and our amazing team.
Last October, we held a sold-out Yoga for a Healthy Mind event at the Cork City Hall to mark World Mental Healthy Day. 100 people joined us for a yoga class in aid of Pieta House and on the same day we had graduates of ours in 22 countries around the world also running Yoga for a Healthy Mind classes in their local towns in aid of mental health charities.
At Christmas time we have a Giving Tree at our Penrose Wharf centre where we collect gifts for children living in Direct Provision. Last year we collected 50 gifts thanks to our generous clients and staff. Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre support Better Together Cork by hosting a weekly Social & Support Group for women in Direct Provision. These women are asylum seekers in Direct Provision and they come to our Penrose Wharf Centre every Thursday morning where they do various activities such as practicing yoga, knitting, having cups of tea and just generally getting away from the stark reality of living in Direct Provision in a comfortable, supportive environment. These women have been marginalised and segregated from society in general and we are supporting this group to find some positivity in their weekly routines. We hold fundraising workshops where the proceeds have funded necessities like tea, coffee, travel to and from the centre, etc.