The UBC Yoga Club is proud to run what we call Karma classes every Saturday afternoons. The monthly proceeds of Karma classes go toward charities in and around UBC and the greater Vancouver area. It’s our way of introducing new instructors to our club, giving back to our community, and spreading some good karma to those who are doing great things!
Karma classes are $2 for members and non-members alike, and the classes this term take place on Saturday from 2pm – 3pm. Please check our calendar for live locations and cancellation updates, and feel free to use our online google form to suggest organizations you think deserve some good karma 🙂
Our Karma organization for March 2018 is: Sprouts UBC!
|Month||Organisation||What they’re about|
|January||The Looking Glass Foundation||The Looking Glass Foundation is an Vancouver-based organization created in response to overwhelmed health care systems and the few remaining options aimed for treating eating disorders in Canada. They strive to fundraise for affordable camps, treatments, and support systems surrounding body image and mental health in Vancouver, and we think that deserves some good Karma their way! https://www.lookingglassbc.com/our-story|
|February||The Looking Glass Foundation||Description above|
|March||Sprouts UBC|| Sprouts is a 100% volunteer and student-run organization at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Through their many initiatives, Sprouts endeavours to make healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food accessible to everyone on campus. Sprouts runs two cafes (Seedlings, and the currently under renovation cafe, Sprouts), a bulk buying club, a free lunch on Fridays (Community Eats) and free workshops.
FB @ UBC Sprouts
OUR WONDERFUL TEAM FOR 2017/8
My name is Rayna and I am in my second year in the faculty of Arts. Yoga is an extremely important part of my life and has really benefitted me in improving my mental, physical and emotional health. I believe that everyone can benefit from this amazing practice and I am so happy that the Yoga Club provides an affordable way for students to enjoy yoga.
I’m a 2008 UBC grad with a major in Biopsychology and minor in English Language. Currently, I work at the Career Services Office at the Allard School of Law. I joined the UBC Yoga Club because I see it as a beautiful way to connect with and build community within UBC. Outside of yoga, you’ll find me dancing, hugging cute animals, and eating all the delicious foods.
Now in my final year of UBC’s First Nations and Indigenous program, I’m honored and moved to have the opportunity to share the sacred practice of yoga with the UBC Yoga Club on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Musqueam people. For 6 years I’ve proudly been part of the movement to make yoga accessible to the UBC community as a student, volunteer, and yoga club executive.
My classes focus on coming home to stillness and centering oneself in the heart through meditation, pranayama (breath work), asana (postures) and yoga nidra (the yoga of sleep). I encourage those who practice with me to cultivate connection with the Self and Mother Earth on and off the mat.
I send gratitude to my teachers, Aarti and Nirav, at Anuttara Ashram and to their teachers, Prem Baba and Guruji Raj Kumar, for their selfless love, support and sacred teachings. You can also find me surfing, snowboarding, dancing in the sunshine and under the moon in my tent.
I’m a full-time MBA student – yoga, to me, is the way I balance out the disparate parts of my life. When I’m on my mat, I’m at ease. I love pushing myself and others outside of comfort zones, which is why I joined the UBC Yoga Club. In my spare time, I love spending time in nature.
Lianne first stumbled upon yoga some thirteen years ago and truly believes in the power of a regular yoga practice to help align the mind and body, and build mental, emotional, and physical strength. An avid Vinyasa yogini, Lianne encourages students to playfully explore their edge while linking breath and movement in a fun and energizing class. She includes the use of props and modifications to help make yoga accessible to everyone. UBC Yoga Club was key in helping Lianne maintain a steady practice during her years as an undergrad student at UBC; she is thrilled to be giving back to the club as a member of the Karma teacher team!
Some organizations we have worked with in the past include the following! If you would like to support these organizations again, feel free to let us know in our suggestion form.
- Beneath One Sky UBC
- Period UBC
- Lace Up For Kids
- 30 Yoga Challenge
- Writer’s Exchange
- Heart and Stroke Foundation
- Writer’s Exchange
- Red Cross
- Ocean Karma Project
If you have any questions, inquiries, suggestions, or want to become involved with club by volunteering as a Karma teacher, feel free to email the Karma Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to inquire about a collaboration, there is some more info on our collaborations page!