Love Saves the Day is Laughing Lotus San Francisco’s commitment to give back to the community and benefit Non-Profits locally, nationally and internationally through volunteer programs and benefit classes. Fifty percent of the proceeds from our daily 2:30pm community classes and Jasmine’s Saturday 10am class go directly to a different monthly non-profit serving the community and world. It’s Love that make the world go round and Love that saves the Day!
From Lotus’s patron saint, Amma, to our planet Earth, to the creative feminine energy Shakti, the Divine Mother takes various forms. We may find her in the the warm embrace of Mata Amritaanandamayi, in quiet meditation in a green forest, or while practicing yoga asana and this month’s Theme: Karma Yoga, the yoga of self transcendent Action.
Mother is also a verb and we ourselves, no matter our gender, also embody the feminine divine. And verbs imply action. Karma yoga is the yoga of selfless service and as we watch current events unfold, with migrant children being separated from their families and held in U.S. concentration camps in horrific conditions, it is our opportunity to embody the Divine Mother and perform karma yoga through activism. To that end, this month, Love Saves the Day will benefit RAICES, The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.
Formed in 1986 in South Texas, Raices is a nonprofit organization that works on the front lines, providing consultations, legal services, and advocacy for migrants and refugees in need. In 2017 alone, RAICES staff represented and assisted 51,000 individuals free of charge. Lat year, over 3/4 of children in immigration court faced judges WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. RAICES' Legal, Education, and Advocacy Fund for Unaccompanied Children ensures that children will not face this alone (read more here. To support the work of RAICES and to mother our migrant children, please click here
Yoga means union. Yoga promotes clear seeing, freeing our minds of the illusion that is maya. Yoga is action. This July, we at Laughing Lotus ask you not to look away, but to unite (and to reunite parents and children); to embody the Divine Mother by acting now to stop the atrocities being committed against children at our southern border. Thank you and remember, Love Saves the Day.