The Community Development Department’s goal of integrating the Hridaya Yoga Center with the local Mexican community has been rapidly gaining momentum. This interconnection was part of Sahajananda’s founding vision, and as the school has grown since its inception in 2012, so too has our capacity to reach out to our neighbors. With the help of sangha members such as Dee, Alba, Beata, and Sunny, our Community Development Department has created relationships with members of the local community that have expanded our understanding of the culture and allowed us to begin to share the non-dual teachings that we hold so dear.
We seek to:
- Create strong relationships with the local community, touching their hearts by showing interest in and care for their lives.
- Share the teachings of the Heart. This sharing can be formal (classes) as well as informal (modeling what it means to “Live with an Open Heart”).
Our Current Activities
- Weekly Hatha Yoga drop-in classes in Spanish
- Classes on the Hridaya Teachings at the local middle school
- An intensive English course for adults
- Educational workshops for local lifeguards
- PET recycling campaign (in collaboration with San Agustinillo Primary School)
- Seva Day tequios (service projects in the local community)
- Crowdfunding campaign in benefit of one our our beloved staff members (see below)
Get Involved—Crowdfunding Campaign
Celia Hernández Jiménez and her sisters Ana and Marcelina have been serving at the Hridaya Yoga Center since its founding. Exemplars of the Hridaya Attitudes of humbleness, perseverance, and pure intention, they are a beloved and vital part of our community. They are excellent cooks, fastidious cleaners, and joyful beings—if you’ve spent time with us, you’ve likely come to know and love them.
Right now, Celia, Ana, and Marcelina need our help.
Celia and her family have continuously faced economic hardship. Recently, their financial situation has worsened, resulting in a seemingly insurmountable amount of debt. The family’s financial difficulties are primarily the result of treatment for Celia’s deaf grandson, Johan. His condition has required costly surgeries, rehabilitation sessions, a variety of therapies, repairs to his implants, and other expensive procedures. Other factors contributing to the debt include insurance-related fees, health complications, transportation issues, loss of employment, and difficulties within the family structure.
With the income that Celia and her sisters earn working at our center, they take care of their entire extended family, financially supporting 9 children and 7 grandchildren.
Their current debt is approximately 329,000 pesos (roughly 17,240 USD).
Now is the time for our community to shower Celia, Ana, and Marcelina with all the love they have given us. If each of us gives what we can, we can help lift up this family. Imagine—if everyone who has eaten Celia’s tasty tostadas donates just $1, we’ll be on our way to ensuring a stable future for Johan and his entire family.
Please join us in honoring Celia and her sisters’ service and easing their burdens by donating to our crowdfunding campaign.