Operation Shanti Yoga Fundraiser Shout Out!


Teachers at The Operation Shanti FundraiserThis post is really looooooong overdue and I apologize!

I wanted to post to acknowledge the amazing-ness that transpired in March for the Operation Shanti Yoga Fundraiser! (To view a photo album of the event click HERE or click on Garth’s name to view another album on his facebook page)

My good friend and yoga teacher Garth Hewitt has taken it up the commendable task of holding yoga fundraisers to build an orphanage for underprivileged children in Mysore, India!

I feel really honored that I was one of the teachers that he chose to be a part of this event. The other incredible teachers were  Suzy Nece , Jo TastulaJulie Rader ,Genevieve Fischer , Marla Wedge , Greville Henwood
and himself Garth Hewitt.


There were also a lot of others who put in a lot of time, energy and love into the fundraiser they include  Greta Recinto-Casino (organizer) Michael Jammerz Callon (DJAlex Yogitoes (Yogitoes, and organizer) Karen Komenkul (organizer) Hale Davis (photographer) Susan Singer (Yoga Earth), Nu (organizer, … think I spelled her name wrong) and the Manduka team (donated yoga mats and goodies) and many more that I don’t know their names.

The event was amazing! We had around 85 students that came (or that is what I counted anyways) and managed to raise over $8,000.00 to go towards building a new orphanage for these adorable children!

Afterwards there was a healthy shot of vitamins from Yoga Earth (beats jagermeister any day) and then a raffle and a live auction. I want  to give a shout out to some of my wonderful and incredibly generous friends who came through with donations!

Operation Shanti Yoga Fundraiser. Photo of students taking Yoga Earth shot

Thanks to all of my talented friends…

Josh Gil who auctioned off a dinner for 7 where he takes you to the farmers market helps you choose ingredients and then cooks for you and 7 of your lucky friends. He also gave away two tickets to Supper Liberation Front which is a Los Angeles based collective of professional chefs who offer one four-course menu for $35 at an unknown location in LA. The menu changes weekly.

Leelu Morris who contributed an all day photo shoot session. I just did my second shoot with her and she is so fantastic to shoot with!

Raffle items at the Operation Shanti Yoga Fundraiser Event

Jennifer Paquette with EV Vintage clothing, she donated several super soft yummy pieces of her clothing line. (and even gave me a piece for myself!)

Seda Aksut who gave a Reiki healing session. I am looking forward to doing a session as well one of these days!

Frank Gjata with Conscious, Ink a temporary way to wear your personal positive intentions! Here is an earlier post about Frank and what he does Get a Tattoo and Change Your Point of View

Students getting ready for some yoga at the Operation Shanti Yoga FundraiserJasper Johal contributed a beautiful piece of art, that was a popular auction item.

Robert Sturman blessed us with some of his amazing art, I gotta admit I was a little jealous of the person who went home with the praying monks!

In closing, I know some of you weren’t able to attend, but not to worry, Garth is having two more fundraiser before the close of the year! Below I have included Garth’s contact info and link to his website if you are interested in attending, participating in and way or have an item or service you would like to contribute to the auction or raffle!

Garth Hewitt at the Operation Shanti Yoga Fundraising Event
To get involved or stay up to date on the next fundraiser contact Garth Hewitt
By e-mail: mail@garthhewittyoga.com
Phone: 310-800-8614
Sign up for Garth’s newsletter HERE

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