In partnership with Meadowlark Yoga and lululemon Edinburgh Here to Be we ran our biggest fundraiser to date on the 27th of October 2017. We brought together 84 fundraisers who between them gathered 604 donors to raise a whopping £13,496.83!
We have now updated our event offering to find a fun, safe and easy way for us to ‘get together’ while we can’t get together. Our One-O-Eight Challenge is running virtually in 2021 with the same focus on community spirit, solidarity and supporting access and inclusion in yoga. This 108 challenge will be on Sunday 6th June 2021 at 10am.
108 people. 108 yoga salutations. £108 each.
In 2020, the pandemic had a devastating impact on our ability to raise income through our public classes and corporate wellbeing programmes. This year, in partnership with Meadowlark Yoga, the One-O-Eight challenge is back to raise £12,000 so we can run our Outreach Programmes and heavily subsidised public classes for the next year.
“Even though I love yoga so much, taking yoga classes that are not specifically trauma focused has always felt like a bit of a risk. My relationship with my body is not simple and I worried that the practice might unexpectedly trigger my trauma symptoms in a setting that wasn’t really designed to deal with that. But the beautiful thing is that when my worst fear was realised in tonight’s class I was able to draw on all of those weeks of practicing with you and the other women on Thursday nights and all the amazing tools that I have learnt. I can kind of bring my own trauma informed approach to other classes – even zoom classes when I’m 500 miles away from the studio!”
-participant, subsidised ECY class
The challenge – are you in?
We want 108 people to come together on 6 June 2021 (virtually or in small groups), to do 108 yoga salutations, and raise £108 each!
The One-O-Eight challenge is a fun, safe, easy and inclusive way to bring our community together online and raise urgent funds. It won’t be long before we can all be together in person but until that time we’re determined to harness the wonderful community spirit and solidarity that has seen us through this past year, and come together to support access and inclusion in yoga.
There are four versions of the salutation including a seated option to suit all abilities. See here for video demos of all the different options
Working together toward equal access to yoga for those who need it most.
Every penny you raise through taking part in the One-O-Eight challenge will pay for yoga programmes that are free at the point of service and run in partnership with the organisations that support them. You are giving people the opportunity to improve their mental and physical health through the practice of yoga and to take part in enriched and supportive group based practices that can reduce social isolation and foster connection. It’s thanks to you, and kind and generous people like you that this work is possible.
Will you help reach our target of £12,000?
I’m in! What next?
Signing up is easy.
1. If you haven’t already signed up do so here
2.Set up your personal fundraising page here. Select ‘fundraise for us’ OR you can create a team page by selecting ‘create a team’ and fundraise with others. If you want to join a team that’s already been set up, scroll to the bottom of this page and select the team you want to join.
3. Join our 108 challenge group on Facebook to connect with the 108 community
4. Start fundraising! Share your personal fundraising page with friends, family and colleagues.
We’re so delighted you’ve decided to join us. You’re doing an amazing thing ❤
A full guide is available 108 Details
If the challenge isn’t for you, no problem! You can still support us by sponsoring someone else.
Have a look here and find someone who hasn’t raised any funds yet and pop them a wee donation to get them going towards their target or find the ECY team and back us to raise £1000. It’s a cliché but every little really does help.