It seems only yesterday that we sent you an appeal for support. We were a band of 4 people who barely knew each other, embarked on an adventure, a quest. None of us mentioned it, not even to each other…but you were our only hope.
We were processing a 501(c)3 to open the Reservoir Food Pantry. And, until it came through, we needed a sponsor willing to share theirs. So, you got the letter, and invited us to lunch at Zen Mountain Monastery so we could meet and make our appeal. We joined you at your table on Sunday, October 27, 2013.
We begged, really, but you never let on. We went away that afternoon energized by your openness, professionalism, interest, concern. Eventually you did what you did and we received the support from your group.
You gave us a raft on which we floated until we got our own 501(c)3 and gained acceptance with the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.
So, today, as a result of your efforts, there is now a pantry on Route 28 in the Ashokan Reservoir area of Ulster County in New York serving over area households every Monday afternoon at 2 and every Tuesday morning at 9.
The majority of these people are seniors. For the most part, they have worked and lived all their lives in this area. They paid their taxes, raised their children, and contributed to their community. And now, in the 21st century they are finding they don’t have the resources to feed themselves. They constitute the senior citizen faction of the new 21st century Struggling Class.
The pantry volunteers look forward to serving the hungry for many years to come. They’ve had the last year to become a very dedicated and close knit group. The community appears to accept the services offered by these very special people.
IN CONCLUSION: Thank you Konrad Ryushin Marchaj for all you have done for yourself and your fellow man. I saw you change the world around you for the better. That counts for a lot in my book.
I wish you well on your continued journey of spiritual growth. I am proud to have been touched by you. On behalf of all the hungry people volunteers feed weekly, I offer gratitude. It is an honor and a pleasure.
I cannot thank you enough for your trust, your support, and your confidence in our humble venture
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Tara Sanders, a Woodstock based yoga instructor, is the program director in the nonprofit Exhale to Inhale. Born in Woodstock, Tara has traveled extensively to faraway and exotic places such as Thailand and India.
Now, she’s returning to Woodstock to share her talents with area residents as she uses her yoga classes at Exhale to Inhale to empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as they heal through yoga. Exhale to Inhale yoga guides women through postures, breathing and meditation. Taught in trauma-sensitive style, students are enabled to ground themselves in
As this happens, the women connect to themselves and work toward empowerment and worthiness. This practice can be transformative for victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence when they shed the cloak of victimhood.
Healers and body workers have long known that when the body is traumatized, the event is stored in the muscles.
Tara teaches yoga without music. She does not touch the students to correct a posture. Lights remain on throughout the class. These sessions offer survivors an opportunity to reclaim their lives through the healing and grounding of yoga.
Tara uses the yoga classes to help her students feel safe, strong, and in the present moment. As she teaches, she is a conduit for healing and healthful programs in our community.
Tara Sanders is well trained for her position as program director at Exhale to Inhale. She received her 500 hour certification through YogaWorks in NYC and is trained in Divine Yoga Nidra. Other trainings include:
Off the Mat
Karma Kids YTT
Trauma Sensitive YTT.
She studied with David Emerson, Jenn Turner, and Bessel Van der Kolk.
Exhale to Inhale is a New York-based nonprofit offering free weekly yoga classes to survivors of domestic and sexual assault. Tara will offer free public yoga classes on 4 consecutive Saturdays beginning May 30th. These classes, held from 11 am to noon at the Center for Creative Education, 15 Railroad Ave., in Kingston, will introduce Exhale to Inhale to our area.
These 4 classes are open to the public. There is no charge and reservations are not necessary. The space is large. There is room for all.
After June 20th, Exhale to Inhale yoga classes will be taught free of charge to women in area shelters, halfway houses, and other venues where women victims of domestic violence will be comfortable.
Exhale to Inhale has partnered with Upstate Films to screen “The Hunting Ground”, a documentary about the huge, yet hidden problem of sexual assault on college campuses throughout our country.
“The Hunting Ground” will screen on Saturday afternoon, May 30th at 1:30 in Woodstock at Upstate Films. On Sunday, May 31st, “The Hunting Ground” will screen at Upstate Films Rhinebeck. The cost for the tickets is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and students.
$1 for each ticket sold will go to Exhale to Inhale. Funds are needed to support its programs which empower women.
To contact Tara Sanders: Tara.Sanders@exhaletoinhale.org
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