PRESS RELEASE August 3, 2010
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Free Yoga Across America
Groundbreaking Civic Engagement with Hindu Americans
Hindu American Seva Charities (HASC) is leading the effort to organize a nation-wide YOGATHON campaign on Sunday, August 29th, 2010 with national partners.
Yoga has become a universal language of spiritual exercise in the United States, crossing many lines of religions and cultures. Now it is providing groundbreaking opportunities for civic engagement and service with the Hindu American community.
On Sunday, August 29, Hindu temples, ashrams and spiritual centers, across the nation will offer YOGATHON a free introductory yoga workshop. This event is open to everyone.
Hindu American Seva Charities (HASC) envisions YOGATHON in the spirit of President Obama’s “Active Lifestyle Challenge.” The day will be part of the Serve.gov initiative.
HASC has enlisted the support of significant partners in addition to the many temple communities, including, the Points of Light Institute, Art of Living, Patanjali Yoga Peeth, Council of Temples, ISKCON, the Network of Indian Professionals, and the Institute for Faith & Service among others.
By inviting the public to participate free of charge in the YOGATHON, Hindu institutions are developing their outreach infrastructure. The organizers also hope to reach across cultures and bring Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs, as well as Hindus and other Asian faiths into engagement with mainstream America, including governmental stakeholders. HASC is also setting up Seva Centers to promote service on college campuses, in temples and with underprivileged communities.
Rev. Mark Farr, who leads faith outreach for the Points of Light Institute, the nation’s largest civic service agency, says “This day not only promotes citizen service led by a wonderful faith community but brings together cultures in our society that have long been separated. How could we not support it?”
“Our community is just beginning to understand the leading role that faith-based organizations play in this country,” said Anju Bhargava, HASC founder. “As the broad and inclusive Hindu community, this is our time, and we are working to bring the very best of our culture to American civic life.”
PRESS RELEASEJuly 23, 2010
Hindu American Community Expanding Civic Engagement
- Free Yoga Classes Across America in Temples and Ashrams-
Yoga has become a universal language of spiritual exercise in the United States, crossing the many lines of religions and cultures.
In the spirit of President Obama’s “Active Lifestyle Challenge”, the Dharmic community, with help from Hindu American Seva Charities will combine faith and health through a Yogathon focused on youth, accompanied by adults, in a nationally coordinated open house event on Sunday, Aug. 29th. The open house will include an introduction of the temples to the community; explanation of yoga and its connection with philosophy and tradition, with a workshop on yog-asanas for youth and adults.
This Yogathon will be a part of the United We Serve – Let’s Read, Let’s Move campaign and will be featured on the serve.gov site
The Yogathon will offer free introductory yoga workshops with help from temples across America and many other partners including the Points of Light Institute, the Institute for Faith & Service and trained yoga teachers are available from Art of Living, Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yoga Peeth and others. We welcome more yoga teachers to sign up to offer services through faith based centers.
All temples across the country are invited to participate and register through http://www.hinduamericanseva.org/yogathon. Host temples confirmed to date include the Hindu Temple of Greater Wichita, Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Hindu Temple of Minnesota, Hindu Temple Society of New York, ISKCON (national) and Anoopam Mission amongst others.
“Our community needs to expand the role of temples beyond worship,” said Anju Bhargava, Hindu American Seva Charities co-founder and convener. “It is time for us to collectively leverage our strengths to create sustainable seva centers through which to serve all communities. We hope the August event will enhance health and raise awareness through active participation of Yoga.”
“Our community has been expanding the role of temples and ashrams beyond worship,” said Anju Bhargava, Hindu American Seva Charities co-founder and convener. “It is time for us to collectively leverage our strengths to create sustainable seva centers through which to serve all communities. We hope the August event will enhance health and raise awareness through active participation of Yoga.”
By making Yoga available to all, HASC is achieving its goal of fostering and promoting interfaith communication and collaboration and improving faith-based civic engagement.
HASC aims to assist in infrastructure development while collaborating with all faiths.
Hindu American Seva Charities (a registered 501 (3) c not-for-profit organization). You can support it though your tax deductible donations sent to 118 Route 9 North #123, Englishtown, NJ 07726 or 53 Trocha Avenue, Livingston, NJ07039; Tel: 732‐972‐1489/973-992-5210
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