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Pranamaya Community: Service, Outreach and Friends
Pranamaya supports the Ecosan Project, a service project by our friends at the Sukhasiddhi Foundation in conjunction with Wherever the Need. Ecosan is bringing eco sanitation and clean water to the people who live in the area around Bodhgaya, India, the place where the Buddha attained full and complete awakening. Helping the local people is a way we can give back for the blessing of this sacred place. This project not only produces great health benefits, it also greatly increases the self-esteem and self-confidence of women and girls by giving them access to clean and safe sanitation facilities.
Learn more and donate by visiting the Ecosan page here.
The JJK Gurukulam [or boys school] was inaugurated on 16th April 2006 by it's founder Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the world renowned traditional teacher of Vedanta philosophy. It’s one of the rarest places where teaching of Yoga, Vedanta and Sanskrit takes place.
The Gurukulam is overseen by our dear friend Swami Tattvarupananda Saraswati. He and the staff select children who come from poor families where often the father or mother or both are missing, or in such distress that they are unable to provide proper care and education. In addition to shelter, clothes, books and vegetarian food, the children are provided a value-based education, while also attending a local public school nearby.
The daily schedule in the Gurukulam includes: Hatha Yoga class, studies of Sanskrit, Bhagavad Gita, Lalita Sahasranamam and other Vedic chants. Due to the importance of English language, the staff have taken special care to provide language education so that the children are able to read, write and communicate in English. The children have regular contact with their families, and spend school holidays in their homes.
For more information, or to make a donation, please visit www.jjkgurukulam.org.
We're excited to be the home for The Sacred Cow, a new yoga blog by Karen Macklin, a long-time friend, yogi and accomplished journalist. To quote Karen's first entry: "The expression “sacred cow” typically means a thing or idea that is untouchable or unquestionable. The blog is intended to have the opposite approach, opening up for conversation any yoga topic, no matter how sacred, silly, or simple. We loved the idea of debunking sacred cows. We also liked that Om spelled backwards is kind of (sort of) like Moo.
Throughout the month, I’ll be writing on various yoga-related topics, and posting monthly interviews with respected yoga teachers and scholars. So, there will be plenty to read. (Hopefully you like reading and think this is a good thing.) But the real point is to start up a conversation. This is more than just a blog; it’s a forum, a place for people to talk about yoga openly in a communal online space. To philosophize, ponder, vent, wonder, whine, and revel. My posts will be independent of Pranamaya products, but they’ll have the same mission: To inspire yogis around the world to think more deeply about what they are doing on, and off, the mat. Even if it doesn’t always involve a cow. Read the blog here.
Carbonfree with Carbonfund.org
Pranamaya, Inc. has partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset the annual carbon emissions that we produce as a company. Everything from getting to and from work, running our lights and computers, and of course manufacturing and shipping our products produces some amount of carbon that enters the atmosphere and adds to the impact of global warming. Carbonfund.org works with individuals, businesses and organizations to assess their carbon footprint, and to offset that by investing in alternative energy sources, planting forests, and supporting public outreach on the effects and impact of climate change.
For more information about carbon offsets, please visit www.Carbonfund.org.