Now, I do realize that we are surrounded by some pretty incredible things here in Southern California - the beautiful beaches, the majestic and wild desert, and some great canyon hikes, and I will enthusiastically be exposing our little sprout to those wonders as he or she grows. but that sense of natures, well wildness i guess, will not be a part of their day to day world. And I must admit, that makes me feel a bit sad. But within that sadness, there's also an opportunity. A chance to look at and perhaps see with fresh eyes, the nature that is present with us here in the middle of this big crazy city.
My mind and my heart immediately turn to our own Los Angeles River. Yes, in some places it looks like a cement storm drainage canal. But in other places, you can see the power of mother nature, returning to her rightful place; river beds turned back to mud bottoms, birds and fish and frogs returning to nest and grow and live. Nature, fighting to regain her foot hold, despite the overwhelming crush of plastic bags, shopping carts, beverage containers and other rubbish that sadly clog our city's major water way.
Last year we raised over $200 from the fundraiser class and over 20 people from our beautiful yoga community showed up on clean up day. An exciting new addition this year is that FOLAR's brand new River Rover mobile education center will be on site during the river clean-up. It will be a great chance to educate yourself and your family about the history of the L.A. River and all of the exciting possibilities that lie ahead for our city and it's river. Even if you're unable to attend either event, we will have a basket out at the studio for the next two weeks to collect donations in the form of cash or check (made out to Friends of the Los Angeles River).
If you would like more info about either of these events, please reach out! You can sign up for either event by visiting the Yoga Blend website or feel free to contact me with specific questions if you have them!