Read on to learn about our charity partners: if you’re interested in getting involved, please get in touch.
Power Living Indigenous Yoga Project
The Power Living Indigenous Yoga Project is a scheme to support communities and share the love of yoga around Australia. Teacher training scholarship places will be offered to indigenous yogis around the country, covering all tuition, travel, supporting materials and accommodation. The aim is to give them the tools they need go back into their communities and teach, offering the benefits of yoga to people who may otherwise not have the chance. We’re not trying to ‘solve a problem’ or ‘fix’ anything, it’s about working together and offering support.
Located in Rishikesh, India, under the spiritual guidance of Pujya Swamiji, this is one of India’s largest and most renowned spiritual institutions. Parmarth Niketan is dedicated to bringing health to the sick, education to the illiterate, food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless and hope to the downtrodden.
This was created by a group of yogis (our dear friends Clive and Eriko) who wanted to give something back to the world through their love of yoga. Yoga Aid sponsors the annual global event the Yoga Aid Challenge. Its aim is to raise not just awareness about the benefits of yoga but also money for various charity projects. The challenge itself is a two-hour yoga practice of 108 sun salutations at sunrise. Want to get involved? Check out the closest venue to you and have a go.
One of Australia’s most respected children’s charities, Barnardos has been around for over 120 years and works to find real, permanent solutions for Australian children in desperate need. It helps build relationships between children, young people, their families and the community, and is an advocate for children and young people in need.
Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute
The Institute is one of the largest centres of research on the brain and nervous system in Australia and conducts crucial research into mental illness, including depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness. They are about creating a world where mental illness is treated with the same level of concern, immediacy and seriousness as physical illness; where scientists work to discover the causes of illness and new treatments, and where discoveries are immediately put into practice through health services, technology and community education. Their vision is a mentally healthier world and their mission is enabling mentally healthier lives through innovations in science, medicine, education, public policy and knowledge translation.
Surf Aid was started by a group of surfers in 2000 who were struck by the needless amount of suffering and preventable death in the Mentawai Islands. Surf Aid works with and in support of the community – from ideas through to implementation of necessary programs. It supports bringing positive change to remote communities and creates opportunities for learning and working together towards a common goal, encouraging people to take an active role in establishing their own healthy and resilient communities.
Rise As One is a global yoga community that connects people to projects, enabling yogis to reach the next level of practice: to be of service to others. Rise As One collaborates with social enterprises, charities and NGOs to co-ordinate people and projects that champion diversity, gender equality and that empower women and children to live healthy, sustainable lives. Its aim is to rejuvenate the spirit of others and to provide economic empowerment.
Can Too Foundation is an independent health promotion charity committed to funding cancer research.
Can Too employs qualified and experienced coaches to offering fitness education programs tied to fundraising commitments. They train all levels, from beginners to those more experienced, in structured training programs tailored to specific physical challenges such as run, ocean swim, or triathlons.
In return for professionally coached training programs, ‘Can Too-ers’ fundraise much-needed support for Australian cancer research to fund the most brilliant, innovative cancer research projects nationally.
Can Too is on the road to raising $20 million this year! They believe life is what you make of it, that anything is possible, and if you’re willing to take that first step, you CAN TOO!