The Importance of Giving Back

It’s impossible, at least for me, and I hope for you too, not to want to make a difference in people’s lives, to make the world a better place.

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In my connections with others and in being of service to others lies my self realization and my happiness.

It happens in small acts of kindness and solidarity, like reaching out to friends going through difficult times. It happens in helping strangers in the street, or silently wishing my students in my classes to find peace and tranquility amidst life’s challenges.

On a more concrete level, this weekend, this wish to give back is manifesting as a yoga event fundraiser for Kula for Karma that I will be teaching in Manhattan at Ca’ d’Oro Gallery.

Kula for Karma is the non-profit organization who taught me about trauma, depression, and addiction when I was struggling with my own demons.

I am excited to share that starting in November, I will be teaching on behalf of Kula for Karma a weekly therapeutic yoga and meditation class for physicians and medical residents at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami.

You might think of doctors as a privileged economic class, but the reality is that they struggle with some of the highest levels of stress, depression, and burnout, and a suicide rate up to 3x higher than the general population.

I am honored to extend my teaching into a completely new context where it is much needed.

In this spirit of generosity and giving back to those who give so much of themselves to care for us, I invite you to help me fundraise this weekend for this program and other Kula for Karma initiatives in Miami and NYC by donating any amount to this fundraiser.

Every dollar you give will go towards the creation and maintenance of programs like this one, bringing the gifts of yoga to populations in need.

If you happen to be in NYC, you can join me on Saturday Oct 6th at 10:30am at Ca’D’ Oro Gallery for a yoga event and fundraiser for Kula.

Gallery owner Gloria Porcella is donating the space for us to flow, surrounded by art. The suggested donation is $45 but we appreciate any amount. For this particular event you need to RSVP by emailing, and bring your own mat.

And for everyone who would like to support this cause, whether you are in Miami or NYC or anywhere in the world, your donation to the online fundraiser is so appreciated.

As a token of appreciation to everyone who donates to this cause from now through Monday, you are automatically entered into a contest to receive a private yoga session with me via Skype.

This is a cause that’s dear to my heart.

I came to understand the power of community and crowd-sourced fundraising when, under extreme circumstances, my husband created a GoFundMe campaign to support my mom’s medical care in her last days. If it weren’t for the generosity of students, friends and strangers during that difficult time, I don’t know how we could have gotten through it.

I hope this resonates in your heart like it does in mine. Here’s a link to help me fundraise for Kula in preparation for our new program at Mount Sinai and other Miami and NYC programs.

Adrian Molina

Adrian Molina has been teaching yoga continuously since 2004. He is a well-known and respected instructor in Miami and New York, with an extensive worldwide following through his platform and school of yoga, Warrior Flow. Adrian and his husband Dennis reside in Miami and frequently lead workshops and international retreats in NYC and around the world. Adrian is also a writer, massage therapist, Reiki healer, meditation teacher, sound therapist, and a Kriya yoga practitioner in the lineage of Paramahansa Yogananda. Adrian is recognized for the community-building work he does in Miami and beyond.

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