I am so excited to have this be the first Wednesday post under our new name, My Yoga Scene. I believe that this article is perfectly aligned with our mission here at MYS, to encourage and enable commUNITY on and off the mat.
I was first introduced to the Caravan of Change (COC) by a friend who had a friend who was friends with Ayesha and the COC team. The concept immediately grabbed my attention. After several emails and a phone conversation we at My Yoga Scene have jumped on board to support Ayesha and the COC team in their endeavor to impact people in a positive way by imparting their knowledge and experiences to others. I am excited to have Ayesha write this blog not just because I believe that it will positively influence her mission of changing peoples lives, I believe that it will give us the opportunity to be inspired and encouraged to impart change in our community. Please enjoy and don’t hesitate to leave a comment about how this post impacted and/ or inspired you. Matt Porter
“When we realize the extent of the myriad of interconnections which link us to all other life, we realize that our existence only becomes meaningful through interaction with, and in relation to, others.” Quote from Soka Gakkai International
The very first car I bought with my own money was a 1974 Volkswagen Super Beetle. I was 23 years old. My dad went with me to pick up the car because I didn’t even know how to drive a manual transmission yet. Little did I know the community that was attached to driving my little dream car around. Suddenly strangers driving other Volkswagens were waving at me as they passed. Not just once but nearly every single time. I would get stopped when pumping gas and told stories of yesteryear and how “They don’t make em’ like this anymore.” I never had to worry about breaking down or running out of gas because every time I did a member of my new family somehow got the bat signal and I was always miraculously taken care of.
Since that time I have been profoundly aware of the human desire for family, connection, and community. I see examples with social media, clubs of all sorts, intentional living communities, and especially with my yoga family. Every since my first class in 1999 I was home. Even without words exchanged I have always felt the acceptance, the support, and the connection with my yoga community. Over the years as my practice has grown so has my involvement with the yoga community. So when I began telling people and particularly my yoga friends about this radical idea I had for something called Caravan of Change I again was touched by the love and support I received.
Caravan of Change was even born in community. I was finishing a 90 day vegan challenge coached by Lasse Larsen with three other participants who are now near and dear to my heart. During the challenge the support, connection, and changes I experienced lead me back to the desire I had to really get out and change the world. Caravan of Change is just that. We are a group of artists and advocates whose goal is to hit the road in a classic Airstream and radically change lives in every city we travel to. We plan to do this by running skill shops, inspirational talks, and hands on demos. Our mission is to give people the tools to live a healthier, happier, and more fulfilled life by simple changes in diet, lifestyle, and coaching all provided by our passionate team at no cost. We will directly address issues like: the arts, culture, conservation, healthy living, mind/body/spirit, environmental education, food deserts, and other social issues that are prevalent in our culture and neighborhoods today. The Caravan of Change crew plans to turn our first tour into a documentary to raise awareness about our innate ability to change the world using the unique talents we were blessed with. It will also highlight ten people who are ready to make some big changes, as well as the communities and people we meet in our travels. Our docuseries will take place over 30 days in cities like Atlanta, Chattanooga, Baton Rouge, Augusta, Jackson, Montgomery, and many more.
Since launching our project on crowd funding site Kickstarter and telling the world about Caravan of Change we have been blown away by the support we have received in the form of donations, emails, phone calls, and kind words. We know we cannot do this alone. We know it takes a village. A family of people lifting us up towards our goal. All of the communities that are surrounding our purpose with love and intention are allowing us to see how interconnected we all are, our need to be in communion with one another, and how our connections extend all over the world. From our yoga family, our neighborhoods and communities to the entire human family on the planet.
If you want to learn more our mission, each team member, or donate please visit: www.caravanofchage.com
Ayesha is a self proclaimed lifelong spark seeker. She has created a radical life for herself based on her empowering beliefs about life, LOVE, creativity, adventure, and spirit. By day she plans homespun weddings + events, by night her passion is helping people to live the BIGGEST most fun juicy version of their lives. To see her next big adventure go here: www.thesparkseeker.com www.caravanofchange.com