At Azul, we do everything from the heart because when you do things with love and care, true and lasting connections are made. The practice of Pilates and yoga helps to connect us with our highest potential, and allows us to recognise we are all connected – and as such, we must serve one another to raise our collective ‘vibration’.
The concept of Seva (selfless service) is an essential part of the devotional practice of yoga. This also builds strong bonds within communities and Azul’s goal is to spread yoga, Pilates and community as far and wide as we can, to match the beautiful and diverse students, guests and team that we have.
Azul supports the following charities and projects:
Azul is happy to team up with the incredible David Sye of Yoga Beats, for his incredible mission – Yoga Beats Conflict. By teaching his healing method to teachers in conflict areas, through his foundation course series, he is spreading the healing powers of yoga to areas where they need it most. His method incorporates powerful meditation techniques, teaches teachers to use music as a tool, as well as many profound exercises used to heal and create a sense of connection, love and community and empowering teachers to carry this message to the areas in need.
In November 2015, Azulfit & the Yogabeats conflict team flew David Sye and 25 Palestinians to the retreat in Fuerteventura to complete their Yoga Beats Conflict Teacher Training at Azulfit. Azulfit donated our retreat center, staff team and all meals to the cause. The mission was challenging but the teachers are now back in Palestine and they are bringing the much needed benefits of yoga to their communities.
We will be hosting a fund raising retreat with David Sye in the second half of 2016 to enable him to continue his work in Israel and Palestine this year.
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Manchester: Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK is a leading cancer research and awareness charity in the UK that aims to reduce the number of deaths from cancer – a disease that affects so many of us or those we are close to. As the world’s largest independent cancer research charity, it conducts research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
To support this great charity, we are proud to offer a donation-based community class, in conjunction with our partners and friends One Yoga in Chorlton. Email us for details… changing to Sunday Mornings soon!
London: London community classes coming soon. Get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to register interest 🙂
Fuerteventura: Fuerteventura Dog Rescue
Fuerteventura Dog Rescue exists to help the many homeless and abandoned dogs found on the Canary Island or Fuerteventura. As well as raising money to support sick and injured dogs on their journey back to health and happiness, the charity aims to rehome all dogs where possible with new foster or adoptive families. Azul are very proud to support this local charity on the island where we are based.
Fuerteventura: ‘Catwoman’ – Lynn rescues cats all over the north of the island, and has them spayed or neutered, then finds them a loving, adoptive home. The Azul family support Lynn in her mission and it’s a mission close to Lisa’s heart. Our team have been known to take home some of the cats themselves (thank you to Erika, Lisa, Frauke and little Hendrix for helping with the mission!)
Madrid: Oceano Blanco
El Oceano Blanco is a fantastic charity supporting underprivileged communities in India. They work to support women and children at risk of harm by providing water, food, medicine, shelter and clothing. They educate young women and children by providing the opportunity to go to school or college in order to learn valuable professions, which can enable people to leave the streets and find homes for their families.
Southern California: The Sean O’Shea Foundation
The Sean O’Shea Foundation is a non profit organisation that is designed to empower youth through a yoga curriculum, focusing on providing memorable programmes aimed at enriching young lives, and providing invaluable instructors who will be a positive role model while developing long-term relationships with educators and community. Empowering youth through yoga, nutrition and optimistic teachings, the foundation supports young people in San Diego and Los Angeles to develop life skills that support them to take responsibility for their life, develop respect for themselves and others, and have confidence in their own potential.
USA: Humane Society
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organisation. They and their affiliates provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and they offer wider support through education and training for local organisations. They are the leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for people and animals alike. They are driving transformational change in the U.S. and around the world by combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and the wildlife trade. Proceeds from Jamie Isaac’s Pilates Flow DVD are donated to the Humane Society
USA: Give Back Yoga Foundation
Classical yoga is a tangible tool for transforming human consciousness. The experience of yoga is to go beyond separateness, alienation, and diversity and fully recognise the fundamental unity of the universe and the underlying connectedness among all beings, communities, nations and religions.
Give Back Yoga Foundation brings yoga to veterans, at risk youth, those recovering from eating disorders, and prisoners and uses yoga as a tool for change. Yoga takes us from “self-centered” to ”community-centered” and beyond. Give Back Yoga believes we can pass the gift of yoga, one person at a time, thus empowering individuals and building communities, and helping to reduce suffering in this world.
Mysore: Yoga Stops Traffic
This worldwide yoga event raises awareness to help prevent human trafficking. Over the years the Odanadi Seva Trust has been a huge force in closing brothels, bringing traffickers to justice and rehabilitating children. The trust provides sanctuary and a supported future for survivors of human trafficking. Our classes on 15 March 2015 will be dedicated to victims of human trafficking worldwide, so join us wherever you are for a series of sun salutationss in support of this amazing cause and donate if you can.