Aiming for good karma

Kaia Yoga has done its fair share of bending over backwards for the community, hoping to fulfill its mission of spreading a message of compassion while working to end suffering and violence, which recently culminated in the establishment of the Kaia  Foundation. According to Kaia founders Gina and Stan Woodman, the foundation was formed as a means of giving back to the community, and in yoga speak, creating good karma.

“It’s simple. We are all in this together,” Mr. Woodman, who began Kaia Yoga with his wife in 2006, said. The studio now has two locations in Greenwich and one location in Westport.

“We started Kaia Yoga and Kaia Foundation as a means to support our family because that is what we all really are — family,” Mr. Woodman said. “I would do anything for my family so instead of thinking ‘community,’ I like to think ‘family.’ When one suffers we all suffer. It is that easy — helping another is helping all of us. One person can make such a huge difference in so many people’s lives. If we all spend time in our daily lives making a difference, we can create a better world.”

On Saturday March 9 as part of a global and united effort, Kaia Yoga will host a Yoga Stops Trafficking hot studio benefit at both Greenwich and Westport locations to raise awareness and provide support for the Odanadi School in Mysore, India. Hot yoga benefit donation classes cost $20 and will be held from 2 to 3:15 p.m. with Peggy Berenblum in Greenwich at 328 Pemberwick Road and from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. with Cheryl Simcox in Westport at 1200 Post Road East. Odanadi house is responsible for rescuing and rehabilitating men and women who have been trafficked, prostituted, enslaved or abused. A $20 donation and a yoga mat is expected to unite 3,000 people across the globe with the residents of the Obanadi School as they join in the practice of yoga and compassion. For more information, call 203-532-0660, e-mail [email protected] or visit kaiayoga.com.

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