We believe companies are vehicles for good in our communities.
That's why we choose to give back by donating a percentage of each sale to the not-for-profit organization Karma Teachers.
Karma Teachers Yoga & Meditation Centre is a Vancouver based organization whose mission is to provide FREE yoga (and community) to those less fortunate. They do this by offering yoga, meditation and other healing arts with trained teachers in a clean, safe studio space in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Canada's poorest postal code.
Providing those in need with a venue to find balance and peace through yoga is an important part for the organization but it is ultimately the sense of belonging that people feel - of being a part of an uplifting community - that makes the organization so special. Below we've answered a few common questions:
Q. So how exactly does my KOOSHOO purchase help Karma Teachers?
A. From every product sold we donate a percentage of profits to Karma Teachers. In our first year of operations this resulted in over $1000 going to Karma Teachers. That’s enough to provide yoga (and community) for up to 1000 people in need.
Q. Who does Karma Teachers help?
A. Karma Teachers is open to anyone and everyone. Yoga is FREE though as an organization that runs off private
donations, those able to donate are encouraged to do so. The studio is located in a diverse community called the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver. Officially listed as Canada's poorest neighbourhood, the studio is well positioned to help those in need. Some of the groups that have been particularly involved at the studio are Vancouver's homeless gay youth, children with autism, ADD and ADHD, impoverished women and those suffering with eating disorders, mental health and addictions.
Q. Where does the organization get its funding?
A. Karma Teachers is a community focused organization and, in turn, relies on the greater community for its funding. Private donations from businesses and individuals alike have thus far sustained the organization. They have also run some creative fundraising initiatives, such as the extremely popular biannual Yogathons.
Q. How do I get involved with Karma Teachers?
A. To attend a FREE yoga/meditation class, donate, propose an initiative or ask a question visit Karma Teachers Yoga & Meditation Centre at www.karmateachers.com
or in person at 45 West Hastings in Vancouver.