aleppoAs the news of Aleppo fills our TV screens and newsfeeds it’s hard to not feel effected by it. The absolute devastation to the city, the lives lost and the lives in ruins just breaks your heart. Families, children trying to flee the city, seeing children as young as my niece and nephew walking hand in hand with nowhere to go, babies as young as my son covered in blood just begs you to help. These scenes are appalling and we can’t just sit back and watch. Even if we donate a small amount this way we are showing our support that they are not forgotten.

This month I taught a special Candlelit Yoga class in aid of raising money for the Children of Syria. It was a truly wonderful night and I wanted to use this yoga class to raise funds and awareness, and dedicate our practice to those suffering out there, while we are here in the blessed luxury of safety and freedom.

The class included a gentle flowing yoga sequence built around the theme of Ahimsa (non-violence, non harm) reminding ourselves that we must treat this planet with respect but that begins from within and to those around us. The class was calm and beautiful amongst candlelight, the use of music and live devotional chants and music to soothe our souls.

This night won’t be forgotten by those that attended and you can read about ones experience here at

http://www.thefitbits.com/2016/11/10-things-ive-learnt-about-yoga.html

After some research and advise I decided to donate to the White Helmets a charity run by volunteers who are risking their lives to save others.

When the bombs rain down, the Syrian Civil Defence rushes in. In a place where public services no longer function these unarmed volunteers risk their lives to help anyone in need – regardless of their religion or politics. Known as the White Helmets these volunteer rescue workers operate in the most dangerous place on earth. Please donate to The White Helmets

We raised £100 on the night and still ask for your help and to donate too. Other charities helping the cause include

Unicef– they are using donations to provide children with blankets to stay warm

Refugees Support Greece– This a local Brighton charity run by Paul Hutchings . They are rebuilding lives in Greece, by proving children with shelter, climbing frames and a whole lot more.