Yoga Gives Back to bestow author with inaugural Namaste Award in Malibu


Yoga Gives Back proudly announces that Mallika Chopra, author of “Living with Intent,” will receive the first-ever Yoga Gives Back Namaste Award at the foundation’s fourth-annual Thank You Mother India fundraiser on Sept. 26, in Malibu.

The Thank You Mother India fundraiser is an evening when 200 members of the Southern California yoga community come together for an altruistic cause and express gratitude to Mother India for the gift of yoga.

“The Namaste Award was established in 2015 to recognize special people who have gone beyond the practice and teaching of yoga to incorporate noble humanitarian service, which elevates humankind and helps make the world a better place,” said Kayoko Mitsumatsu, a Tokyo-born documentary film producer and practicing yogi, who founded the LA-based non rofit Yoga Gives Back in 2007. “I am thrilled to present our first Namaste Award to Mallika Chopra, who is passionate about the power of meditation and will lead a special meditation at the event.

While it’s common for many to perceive yoga as a mere physical exercise, through deeper study, we learn that the ultimate goal of yoga is to unite with the Divine Self—where meditation plays an important role in achieving this. Namaste, which means “the divinity in me salutes divinity in you” in Sanskrit, symbolizes Yoga Gives Back’s mission, which is to help others, and is the inspiration for the award.

Mitsumatsu founded YGB because she was deeply moved by the degree of poverty experienced by people in India.

“While benefiting so much from regular yoga practice and teachings, it hit me hard that 75 percent of India’s population still live on under $2 a day,” she said. “It became very clear to me that if everyone worldwide who enjoys yoga donates the cost of one yoga class to help those less fortunate, we can effect real change in the birthplace of yoga.”

The fundraiser will take place at the home of philanthropist Amarjit Marwah at 6 p.m. on Sept. 26, at 29057 Pacific Coast Highway.

Following a welcome reception, there will be a seated three-course dinner featuring the Namaste Award ceremony, followed by a short YGB FILMS presentation, silent and live auction, raffle and live performance by the Odissi dancers.

Each event attendee will receive a generous gift bag from the event sponsors.

This local Malibu fundraiser serves as the launch for YGB’s annual five-month, global fundraising campaign.

From September 2015 through January 2016, more than 150 YGB events will take place in over 15 countries heightening awareness of the realities faced by the poor, especially women and children India. “In 2014-2015, nearly $70,000 was raised globally through this annual global campaign. Yoga studios and communities hosted special yoga classes or fundraiser events whose proceeds raised the majority of funding for YGB’s programs,” says Mitsumatsu. “Including the proceeds of this year’s Malibu event, our end goal this year is to arrive at $100,000.”

“For the cost of one yoga class, you can change a life” is the organization’s mantra, which has grown 35 percent every year since 2009, and now funds nearly 700 mothers and children in Karnataka and West Bengal, India.

YGB’s micro-loans and educational scholarships offer a minimum five-year commitment to each recipient. 

Tickets for the event are $180 or $125 if purchased with a new membership. Complimentary valet is provided.

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Reposted from Malibu Surfside News

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