Support the Hope Chest for Women, AYC’s October Charity of the Month

One of Deepak Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga is the Law of Giving and Receiving. It states that giving and receiving are different expressions of the same flow of energy in the universe. The core meaning behind this law is that giving to others will bring the same joy, harmony and good karma into your own life.

Have you ever experienced that feel-good moment when you’ve helped someone in need? This effect of giving is called “giver’s glow” and actually begins in the brain. Acts of philanthropy release several different happiness chemicals, including dopamine and endorphins which are correlated to feelings of tranquility and serenity. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we invite you to support our Charity of the Month, the Hope Chest for Women. Here are a few ways you can inspire your giving spirit on the mat.

Giving on the Mat

Take some time to open your heart chakra to fuel the giving spirit inside of you. Any poses that open up the chest will target your heart chakra. Here are two poses to incorporate into your practice.

Camel Pose or Ustrasana

Kneel on the floor with your knees hip-width apart and thighs perpendicular to the floor. Rotate your thighs inward slightly, firm your buttocks and press your shins and the tops of your feet firmly on the floor. Rest your hands on the back of your pelvis with the bases of your palms on the tops of your buttocks with fingers pointing downward. Inhale and lift your heart by pressing the shoulder blades against your back ribs. Lean back and keep your head up.

Locust Pose or Salabhasana

Lie on your belly with your arms resting along the sides of your torso, palms up and head resting on the floor. Exhale and lift your head, upper torso, arms and legs away from the floor. You should be resting on your lower ribs, belly and front pelvis at this point. Raise your arms parallel to the floor, stretch backwards through your fingertips and keep your gaze forward.

Support Local Women in Need During October

AYC is proud to support The Hope Chest for Women during October in alignment with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The nonprofit offers financial assistance for both medical and non-medical expenses, along with information on community resources, education on cancer prevention, and emotional support to women in Western North Carolina living with breast or gynecological cancers.

According to, there are more than three million women who currently have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. By raising awareness for The Hope Chest for Women, we as a community can support women living with or recovering from breast cancer right here in our local area. We invite members of the community to join us on Thursday, October 24 for our Day of Giving where 10% of proceeds from community and drop-in classes will be donated. If you’d like to give a monetary donation, boxes will be available in the Studio and Boutique.

Whether you attend class in the Studio or just want to make a contribution, you can enhance your personal life and help someone else rebuild theirs.

Save 40% on blue and pink JadeYoga mats in the Boutique. These mats are eco-friendly and are made with natural rubber containing no PVC or other synthetic rubbers. Offer valid through October 31. Limited supply available.