All 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. This is a donation based yoga class open to all members of the community in aid of the Cork Simon Community. It will take place this year at 10am on Saturday mornings at Fitzgerald’s Park in Cork City from June 2nd to September 8th. To take part all you have to do is bring along your yoga mat, water and a minimum donation of €5. Yoga in the Park brings the whole yoga community together to help the Cork homeless crisis. We also run meditate by donate classes at our centres in the Winter/Spring period and to date both of these initiatives have raised over €40,000 for the Cork Simon Community.
This year we are delighted to extend Yoga in the Park out to Ballincollig Regional Park and run an outdoor yoga class at 10.15am every Saturday morning from June 2nd-September 8th. All funds raised from this class will go to Pieta House who provide therapy services for suicide and self-harm in Ireland.
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.