The Little Yoga Studio strongly believes in social responsibility and philanthropic work through Yoga for a Cause. Charitable efforts and community responsibility are two things we strongly believe and stand by as a studio. Yoga for a Cause aims to extend our effort and contribution to charities, people and non-profit organizations. All donations will be taken from profits only and will be available to view on our page.
WCK – World Central Kitchen
Yoga for a Cause with Melissa Gottschalk and Sarah Lieber supporting World Central Kitchen took place on April 5, 2022 and raised $335.00. World Central Kitchen is first to the frontlines, providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises.Millions of meals are currently being served to families across Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Moldova, and Hungary. #chefsforukraine
JDRF – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Yoga for a Cause with Melissa Gottschalk and Sarah Lieber benefitting the Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes was held on November 20, 2021 and raised $625.00. The JDRF was chosen for our co-owner Jean Paul. Jean Paul was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 7 while living in Mexico City. At that time, there was limited access to life saving medicine and supplies. With the JDRF and lifesaving research, his diabetes is now successfully managed daily. Type 1 diabetes is a serious autoimmune disease that impacts millions of people and cannot be prevented or cured – yet. To manage his T1D, Jean Paul regularly monitors his blood-sugar levels with a device called Dexcom, infuses insulin through a wireless insulin pump called OmniPod, and he carefully balances those doses with eating and all daily activities to prevent uncomfortable and dangerous side effects. Every single day. These devices are his artificial pancreas. Our hope is to find a cure so no other human will have to endure this disease.
The Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Yoga for a Cause with Melissa Gottschalk benefitting Warren Fogler and The Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center was held October 2, 2021 and raised $400.00. In early 2021, Warren, a close friend of Melissa and father of two, was diagnosed with melanoma. He was successfully treated and rode 100 miles with the BellRinger ride on Team Immunotherapy.
Home Start, Inc.
Yoga for a Cause with Melissa Gottschalk benefitting Home Start and their Maternity Housing Program was held May 4, 2021 and raised $525.00. Since 2009, Home Start has worked to provide affordable, supportive housing and individualized future planning to women who are pregnant or have small children and find themselves in unstable living environments. Maternity Housing Program offers these mothers a safe home and educational programs to give them the tools to become self-sufficient and develop healthy relationships with their children.
Yoga for a Cause with Melissa Gottschalk benefitting the Compton Cowboys took place on June 20, 2021, on our live virtual platform and raised $530.00. The Compton Cowboys are a group of African-Americans who ride horses as a way to get away from the violence in Compton. The Compton Cowboys are a collective of lifelong friends on a mission to uplift their community through horseback and farming lifestyle, all the while highlighting the rich legacy of African-Americans in equine and western heritage.
Feeding San Diego
Yoga for a Cause with Melissa Gottschalk benefitting Feeding San Diego was held December 24, 2020, on our live virtual platform and raised $430.00. Feeding San Diego is on a mission to connect every person facing hunger with nutritious meals by maximizing food rescue. Established in 2007, Feeding San Diego is the leading hunger-relief and food rescue organization in San Diego County.
Yoga for a Cause with Zaquia benefitting the Okra Project was held June 6, 2020, on our live virtual platform and raised $410.00. The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home-cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever they can reach them.
KN95 Mask Donation
The Little Yoga Studio partnered with Elum Designs, a local boutique online stationery shop based in San Diego to distribute KN95 masks during the pandemic. The collaboration resulted in 16,000 mask donations to local small businesses, sober living facilities, soup kitchens, unhoused individuals, Feeding San Diego, Alpha Project, Salvation Army, Jewish Family Services, Homeless Outreach, New Casa Entra, Neighborhood House Association, Downtown San Diego Partnership, Clean and Safe, San Diego Rescue Mission, Duwara Consciousness Foundation and NAMI San Diego.
Feminine Hygiene Products Donation
The Little Yoga Studio partnered with Intimate Health Yoga’s Courtney Avery to donate feminine hygiene care packages for local homeless women. This donation program has been successful ever since its 2017 inception at our studio. If you would like to donate to our care package team please contact our studio for assistance.