At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we believe every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential – both as individuals and citizens. We believe that by changing the course of young lives we can in turn be changing the course of a community’s future.
Start Talking is a place where we want to raise awareness of key issues that face today’s youth. We will sometimes advocate, sometimes educate, sometimes inform, sometimes ask questions and always invite discussion about the pressing concerns that involve the younger generations of today.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Healthy Children Lead to Healthy Communities

Moksha/Modo connects strongly with the values held by Big Brothers Big Sisters and feels the work they are doing is vital to the present and future health of our global communities.

Moksha/Modo Yoga is an international community of yoga studios rooted in these 7 Pillars: Be Healthy, Be Accessible, Live Green, Community Support, Reach Out, Live to Learn, and Be Peace.

To say that “growing up in the world today is not exactly easy” would be a true understatement! Society is in such a rush all the time, and more often than not we see people competing against each other, rather than working together. There is too much pressure to “be this” or “ be that” and not enough encouragement to just “be you!”

Within our ecosystems, our economies, our cities, our communities, our families, and ourselves, suffering exists. One could see this as a total burden, or one could see the world’s problems as a number of incredible opportunities to create positive change.


Today’s youth are the future leaders of our communities so it is crucial that they learn how to value themselves first and foremost. This way they can live up to their fullest potential as individuals and become empowered members of their families, their communities, and therefore the world. Making the world a better place starts with the individual. This is why Moksha/Modo supports Big Brothers Big Sisters in what they are doing to mentor today’s children and youth.

Developing a regular yoga practice is a great way to be healthy and feel good in your body. Yoga has endless health benefits and science is always discovering new ones as time goes on. Physical benefits include helping with: back and knee pain, arthritis, poor digestion and constipation, pregnancy, poor posture, and scoliosis.

Mental/emotional benefits include helping with: stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and self esteem.Yoga helps us to take time for and take care of ourselves, so that in our lives we can be our very best! And the awesome part is that anyone can do yoga.

So, if creating positive change to make the world a better place begins with the individual, then why not encourage our children and our youth to develop healthy lifestyle choices early on!

This year marks Moksha/Modo’s 6th annual Grow Your Yoga Campaign. In each of our local communities participants will practice yoga everyday for 30 days. In a community supported challenge like this there is a lot more encouragement to show up everyday. Not only that, it is really inspiring to see lots of other people doing something good for themselves! This inspiration spills out into the individual’s relationships, families, and community, making the world a bit better, one yoga class at a time.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is bettering our global communities by creating positive change one Big and Little at a time, so this year we’ve decided to donate 100% of our collective funds raised through Grow Your Yoga to them.

By the end of May our goal is to raise $200,000 with individual donations of just $5.

You can sign up for or donate to Grow Your Yoga at your local studio or here.

Martha Deeks, Student, Teacher, Owner
Moksha Yoga Kingston

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