A few years ago I decided to donate some of my annual income from teaching yoga to different charities. I’ve chosen various ones over the years, including some local animal rescue charities, as well larger ones such as Badger Trust.
My two most recent donations cover my love for animals and my love for trees and the environment. The two charities chosen were:
- C.A.R.I.A.D. (a Welsh word meaning ‘love’ and the acronym means ‘Care And Respect Includes All Dogs’) who campaign against puppy farming, particularly here in Wales, and wider issues of dog welfare. Check out their website or Facebook page for more information.
- Trees for Life who are restoring the Caledonian Highlands of Scotland through re-wilding, planting millions of native trees and regenerating the natural ecosystem. You can find out more on their website or Facebook page.
These donations are only possible because people attend my classes. Through the Trees for Life online shop I was able to purchase ‘Plant a Tree’ gift cards which I then gave to those who have been attending classes recently. Everyone is delighted to know that there are many new trees in the Highlands of Scotland as a result of them attending yoga classes.
‘Prayer of the woods’ – to the person passing by (‘Ao Viandante’)
You that pass and raise your arm to me, before you hurt me, look at me well.
I am the heat of your hearth on the cold winter nights,
The friendly shade screening you from the summer sun,
And my fruits are refreshing draughts quenching your thirst as you journey on.
I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table,
The bed on which you lie, and the timber that builds your boat.
I am the handle of your hoe, the door of your homestead,
The wood of your cradle, and the shell of your coffin.
I am the bread of kindness and the flower of beauty.
‘Ye who pass by, listen to my prayer: Harm me not.
Source: ascribed to Veiga Simões, original in Portuguese ‘Ao viandante’ (1914). Apparently it’s inscribed in many forests in Portugal as well as north America.
If you like tree poems, here’s a web page with a whole load of them!