Our friends at Spira Yoga & Wellness just wrapped up an inspiring event. Throughout the month of June, they offered 22 free yoga classes to the public in exchange for donations of food. This food drive was done in partnership with the Community Action Agency of Butte County and Feeding America.
We love it when businesses in our community get involved in our mission to help the 1 in 5 families that struggle with food insecurity. Yoga is a practice meant to nourish both the body and the mind. Though their food drive, Spira Yoga & Wellness was able to help spread that positive impact to the greater community. The food they collected will help feed the hungry and the very act of giving will benefit the metal and physical health of the students themselves. Helping others stimulates regions of the brain associated with social connection and trust, improving mental state and resulting in lower blood pressure in many cases. There are long-term health benefits to the act of giving.
We had a chance to speak with Amanda Correa, Program Director and Lead Trainer at Spira Yoga, about her experience. Here's what she had to say.
One aspect of the yogic lifestyle is seva, or selfless service, which is work performed without any concern for reward or repayment. Every year yoga teachers in training through my Registered Yoga School, Spira Yoga & Wellness, are required to teach yoga classes to finalize their curriculum and graduate from the course. Spira's Food Drive Donation Based Yoga Classes are an act of giving that benefits everyone involved. It's a seva practice and an opportunity for newly minted yoga teachers to refine their new craft. It creates affordable, accessible yoga for the community and empowers those who attend classes to invest in their health and wellness by bringing a food item to attend class rather than just accessing the class for free. It increases our community equity by raising food for families and individuals in need.
I was surprised by the generosity of the various students who attended the yoga classes. Our only requirement for attending class was for them to bring a single food item and yet some students came with a whole bag of food. It showed how much people want to invest in and care for others within their community.
At the end of the 22 classes, Amanda reflected on the great turnout by the students whose values aligned so well with the goal of Spira Yoga & Wellness; to come together as a community to support one another. They supported their community by raising food for those in need, they supported the yoga teachers in training who instructed the classes, and they supported Spira Yoga & Wellness in their goal of promoting affordable and accessible yoga to our community. In total, they collected 84 pounds of food, which equates to 70 meals for hungry families!
We want to thank Spira Yoga and Wellness for their contribution to the community. We hope their experience will inspire other local businesses to get involved as well. It's good for the community and it's good for your health! If you are interested in partnering with the Community Action Agency of Butte County for a food drive please contact us here and fill out the form letting us know how you are interested in getting involved.
Don't have time to setup a Food Drive? Here's a solution for giving made easy! Donate to the North State Food Bank via PayPal by clicking the red donate button below. When you donate through PayPal Giving, PayPal waives all processing fees so that 100% of your donation goes to help those in need. Your gratefully received contributions to the North State Food Bank are tax-deductible as allowed by the IRS. Tax ID#94-1640546. PayPal giving will email you an immediate tax receipt for your records.