So I’m feeling a bit philanthropic. I’ve just been writing about Asteya, the 3rd Yama or restraint. Asteya means non-stealing. Not only does it mean not shoplifting or stealing tenners out of your husband’s wallet (I would never do that :-p)… but there are many deeper meanings too, that I may write another blog post about at some point.
Anyway, I got to thinking about what I give back. Yesterday I took part in the International Women’s Day Celebration Get Together at The Grove in Malvern. The whole day had been put together by a group of women who wanted to give something back and to help other women not as fortunate as themselves. I just rocked up at the end with some yoga mats and candles and taught a Moon Flow class… but I didn’t really contribute to the day.
I’ve been toying with this idea for some time. I was going to do it for my 40th birthday…and I still will, but I also want to do something now – well, in a few months. To celebrate my 36th birthday on 14th August 2013 I am going to do 36 Sun Salutations on top of the Worcestershire Beacon. At 425m, the Worcestershire Beacon is the highest point in the Malvern Hills.
I am hoping to raise £360 (£10 per Sun Salute) for the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Trust. I have suffered from HS since I was about 15 years old. It is a chronic, debilitating skin disorder estimated to affect around 1% of the UK population. People often suffer in silence because the areas affected tend to be of an “intimate” nature and they are too embarrassed to seek medical advice about it.
The aim of the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Trust is to increase public knowledge and educate the medical profession on the symptoms, treatments and severities of Hidradenitis Suppurativa, and to provide vital funds for the purpose of research into causes, prevention and treatment.
So why 36 Sun Salutations?
I’m a Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher. I began yoga in the first place as a way to lose weight (something that can exacerbate HS), plus I found that yoga is an excellent way to manage stress (which also contributes to HS) and pain. A flare-up of my skin can cause chronic pain that can last for days, weeks or even months. Some people aren’t as lucky as me and they never, ever experience pain-free days. Whilst HS is a recognised medical condition, there is no cure for it and the medical profession remains mystified as to how to control it. I hope that by doing my 36 Sun Salutations and raising £360, I can contribute in a small way to the work done by the HS Trust.
Please give generously to help raise awareness and to help end the silent suffering. Thank you. Namaste. xxx