About a year ago, I went from teaching yoga just to my beloved in our tiny kitchen to teaching a public class.  The first week no one came, it was a new class on the schedule, and at an odd time.  The next weeks I’d have a student or two or three, often my friends coming to support me.  I went on a two month business trip and canceled the class.  A few months later, at the well-placed encouragement and urging of my beloved, I started teaching again, creating a Saturday late morning class, free to all, at the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View.  The Dojo is a techie community center, an open space for folks to learn and create, to work on startups and connect with others in the tech community (and it had never had yoga or anything like it).  It’s an open, airy space though very much not a traditional studio: we move furniture, sweep and mop the floor before we start, and then move it all back after we finish.  Several months in, we have a very steady core group (and brand new yoga straps and blocks for all).  My original purpose in creating Yoga Hacks was to gain experience teaching, and to get comfortable teaching.  It has been awesome to offer yoga to the Hacker Dojo community, a group of techies and engineers like me, and who are my local community.

Now, as I see my teaching improving and my confidence and comfort teaching increasing, it’s time to expand: I’m transforming the class to be donation-based, and I’m giving the proceeds to charity.  I’m committing to continuing the class into October, which will be a year.  I’m excited about this next chapter and have picked our first charity: http://www.worldreader.org/, which is a non-profit bringing digital books and e-readers to remote villages in developing countries, including some in sub-Saharan Africa.  I can’t wait to see what we can do for this group; it’s so rewarding to do something I love to raise money that helps a worthy cause.

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