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Local studios, teachers, meditation centers and businesses have increased involvement, and the momentum is growing. The video above, created by partner Elephant Journal, provides a great recap to the first collaborative event on Tuesday, May 12th, at Naropa's Nalanda Campus, aiming to help those in need.

The schedule included the following:

Event Schedule*Bell

  • 6:00 - 6:30 - Opening Remarks
    • Barbara Grossman - University of Colorado
    • Nataraja Kallio - Naropa University
    • Waylon Lewis - Elephant Journal
  • 6:30 - 7:30 - Vinyasa Flow Class
    • Gina Caputo - Colorado School of Yoga 
  • 7:30 - 8:15 - Pranayama
    • Richard Freeman - Yoga Workshop
  • 8:15 - 8:45 - Tonglen
    • Judy Lief - Naropa University
  • 8:45 - Closing Remarks, Gratitude

Please keep using the hashtag #YOGAforNEPAL, donate what you can, and spread awareness to help those devastated by tragedy. 


Gina Caputo Gina Caputo // Founder and Director of the Colorado School of Yoga, and Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, Gina Caputo has been passionately teaching with an emphasis on transformation since 2002.
Richard Freeman Richard Freeman // Yoga Workshop's founder and a Certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher. All classes at the Yoga Workshop are taught with a dynamic, focused, and deeply organic approach to the 8 limbs of classical yoga.
Nataraja Kallio Nataraja Kallio // Assistant professor and director of the Naropa Yoga Studies & Teacher Training program. He completed advanced trainings with a wide variety of teachers earning degrees in Religious Studies and Psychology. His teaching integrates the breadth of Yoga, from practice to philosophy.
Judy Lief Judy Lief // Former president of Naropa, Buddhist teacher, writer and editor. She was a close student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who empowered her as a teacher, and was given the title of Acharya, or senior teacher, by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

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The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25th, 2015, left more than 7,000 Nepalese dead, and 450,000 are now displaced or homeless as a result. Nepal is in dire need of emergency shelter, food, water and sanitation, and aid for the long process of rebuilding that will take years.

We’re inviting the yoga community to help raise critically needed money for supplies and shelter for earthquake victims, particularly children and families—the most vulnerable members of the population.

Join the #YOGAforNEPAL Relief Effort

Earthquake Damage
Photo Credit Kendra Curcio

#YOGAforNEPAL is an ongoing movement for earthquake relief. The first event was on May 12th, at Naropa University; related events designed to bring together yoga enthusiasts at all levels. This includes local yoga and guided meditation events and online activities to raise awareness and funding.

The Concept is Simple

On Tuesday, May 12th, yoga enthusiasts on a global level were asked to donate their practice, share the message with social networks, and encourage friends and studios to participate. This is not a one-time call for help and aid. The people of Nepal need ongoing support and funds to help their lives and communities get back on track.

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