Monday, August 22, 2011

Lesley Ronson Brown serves selflessly!

We want to acknowledge long-time volunteer and key Speakers Team member, Lesley Ronson Brown, for conducting a school supplies drive for the HSP. Lesley is a fantastic yoga teacher and teamed with the Yoga by Degrees yoga salon where she teaches to encourage their patrons to help needy kids get the school supplies they urgently need. They put together a beautiful email announcing the school supplies drive and Lesley's husband created a great sign for the donations collection box at the studio.

I’ve included a copy of the email to show how some creativity and effort can benefit the community and help the HSP make sure that the students in our schools have the necessary tools to do their best in the classroom! They included all of the requested supplies and the HSP website. Please call if you need some ideas on how you could do the same at your place of work, etc..

Way to go, Lesley!

You can contact Lesley at

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Dear Fellow Yogi,

We wanted to let you know that Yoga by Degrees is taking part in a great local charity event and we want YOU to be a part of it too!

The Humanitarian Service Project is a not-for-profit organization servicing the needs of DuPage & Kane county locals that puts on an annual school supply drive for local, impoverished children. Join us in supporting our community and the next generation by helping these kids get the supplies they need for school.

On behalf of The Humanitarian Service Project, Yoga by Degrees will be accepting the following materials at the studio starting Saturday, August 20th :
  • Backpacks
  • Pens (Black, Red, Blue)
  • Crayons
  • Rulers
  • Trapper Keepers
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Colored Folders
  • Notebooks
  • Safety Scissors
  • Highlighters
  • Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Glue (Regular) & Glue Sticks
  • Index Cards
  • Calculators
  • Protractors
  • Post-It Notes
  • Notebook Paper (Wide-ruled & College-ruled)
  • Pencils & Erasers
  • Pencil Boxes

For more information on The Humanitarian Service Project visit their website:

Giving Back is a part of our Yoga practice...

Karma Yoga means the "discipline of action." Simply put, karma yoga is the practice of serving others selflessly. When we take up a path of karma yoga we are taking our practice off the mat and putting our yoga into action.

The true spirit of selfless service is an expression of the heart rather than an act driven by obligation or ego. When we give back and expect nothing in return we are truly giving to ourselves as well as our community. Without it being an intention, karma yoga helps to reduce our ego and experience feelings of pure contentment.

"Is the intention pure, selfless, and born out of love? Is it based on truth? Does it result in peace? If so, it is a right action." Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Thank You for Supporting The Humanitarian Service Project and for doing your Karma Yoga!

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