Feel Good, Do Good (Yoga + Charity)

It's amazing just how much good can happen when you combine feeling good and doing good! On Friday, May 13, 2016, 103 Hot Pilates & Yoga hosted a special fundraising yoga class benefiting Refuge for Women. Taught by Josie Sherwood, the class was a chance to make difference in the lives of women in the city of Las Vegas. 

Refuge for Women is very close to our hearts here at SHE Changes Everything. Co-founder Lindsey Raymond volunteers many hours of her time a week, and 10% of all the sales of the SHE Changes Everything collection in the Spoken for Shop are donated directly to Refuge for Women, as part of a long-term partnership to empower women in their places!

Refuge for Women is financially supported, almost exclusively, by the generous and committed giving of individuals through online donations and events like this. This is the first of many partnerships with gyms and fitness organizations around the city. Stay updated here.

More than $1400 was generously donated at the event! The money will help provide financial sustainability for the Refuge for Women safe house in Las Vegas to continue its work. The t-shirts for Refuge for Women are made by sex trafficking survivors, providing double support in the fight for freedom.

Josie Sherwood, 500 RYT, taught the class. She was born and raised in the smalll town of Sandpoint, ID where at the age of 11, her yoga journey began. After many years of building her own practice, Josie completed her 200RYT Yoga Alliance (YA) certification and 300RYT YA and International Association of Yoga Therapists certified training at a Yoga Alliance accredited yoga school in the depths of the Costa Rican rain forest. We were honored to have her as part of the event!

A huge thank you to Lindsey Raymond and Brooke Pizzo, Refuge for Women Las Vegas Team, and Josie for giving their time to create a successful evening! 

Women from across the Las Vegas area came together. The packed class of almost 50 people was full of old and soon-to-be new friends! This is what community and support looks like! 

She Changes Everything's Lindsey Raymond and Brooke Pizzo, Run for a Reason coordinator, opened the event with information about Refuge for Women and its greatest needs for growth. Funding helps Refuge for Women offer a 3-phase program that lasts up to 12 months. The Las Vegas home is a safe place has been created for residents to experience healing with few distractions. It currently costs about $66/per day to support each woman in the one-year program.

This event filled up our hearts and made a very real impact on the sustainability of the work of Refuge for Women! To each and every one of the men and women who came... thank you! We are stronger and can do so much more together. These photos show the power of community and what we can do when we come together.

If you missed out, don't worry. The Vegas team is planning a couple of events like this each month to benefit RFWLV at gyms around the Vegas Valley. Next up: Real Results Fitness Memorial Day Charity Workout downtown! Look for more details soon. Look for additional upcoming events at the Refuge for Women Las Vegas website and by following them on Facebook. 

You can join in the fight for freedom and justice for women at any time!

Or, shop the SHE Changes Everything collection in the Spoken for Shop.

The inspirational bookmarks, bracelets, and high-quality prints will motivate a sustainable, healthy, ethical life, lift your spirits, and donate 10% directly to Refuge for Women, as part of a long-term partnership with Spoken For Shop to empower women in their places!