Using yoga to help those severely impacted by COVID-19

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SALISBURY, Md. – On Sunday morning, yoga enthusiasts gathered to not only meditate and exercise but to raise money for families in India. “They’ve passed on this beautiful practice to us and we should help our brothers and sisters in need,” says Soul Yoga owner, Lauren Gilmore.

People around the world have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. One country in particular is reportedly dealing with a 64% rise in poverty since it began, that country being India. “I have had friends and family members impacted by COVID, we all know people impacted by COVID but our lives are still for the most part not at a $1.90 or less,” says fundraiser organizer and yoga instructor, Cinzia Lombardo.

Now a former Salisbury University professor, the 5th grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and a local yoga studio are teaming up to help from thousands of miles away. Organizers tell us, the pandemic left families in India with an extreme lack of food, water, shelter and most importantly, health resources. “To give a ton of compassion, and a bucket of sacrifice,” says peace farmer, Dr. Arun Gandhi. ” Whatever little help you can give, will go a long way,” he adds.

Soul Yoga studio held a class on Sunday morning, which brought regulars and new faces. We’re told 100% of the proceeds will go to the organization called AVANI, to help those in India. “People on the other side of the world are willing to come out to donate, to help people they’ll never meet, really shows me how much love there is in the world,” says Lombardo.

While Dr. Gandhi calls Salisbury his second home, he says we’re all neighbors and should help one another when in need.
Organizers add that, sometimes when we are faced with life’s biggest challenges, a little faith and a whole lot of love can go a long way. “I think kindness matters, it doesn’t matter where people are. They can be next door to you, they could be in another country; we have to be kind and helpful to everybody,” says Gilmore.

Event organizers and yoga instructors also tell 47 ABC, they hope to continue helping those in the community while also reaching out to countries with those less fortunate.

A gofundme page to help Dr. Gandhi and his partnership with AVANI’s India relief fund will be open for two more weeks.

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