We highlighted before that David Swenson had donated yoga mats and other material to Robbie Norris’ yoga teaching at the Richmond City Jail. And we’ve done a few other posts about Robbie and one of his students, Bryan Shull, and Eddie Stern’s interest and trip there to do some teaching.
Now, David has added some more information to the story in the third post to his new “news” section at his website. Here’s a bit:
In May of 2011 an article titled “Sweat and Surrender” was written in Style Weekly, a news publication based in Richmond, Virginia. The article told the inspirational story of Robbie Norris, a local Yoga Instructor, who in 2008 began offering free yoga classes to inmates at the Richmond City Jail. The article can be found here: www.styleweekly.com/richmond/sweat-and-surrender
Shortly after this article was published, Robbie approached AYP to inquire about product availability to assist the inmates with their practice. David was very moved by Robbie’s charity and without hesitation informed him that he wanted to donate mats, practice manuals, and DVDs to help.
The products were well received and several inmates were inspired enough to write thank you letters to David expressing their appreciation.
If you click on the link to David’s site, you can see three of the letters he received.
It may feel like we’re going on about Robbie and his work, but it obviously is a project that has touched a few of the Confluence teachers. If you read the letters, I think you’ll understand why.
I’ll also admit I appreciate seeing their efforts along these fronts and their desire to highlight the work and teachings of others. Probably it says something about their control of ego.
UPDATE: Looks like the link at David’s site is down; my understanding is they are getting the timing of his interaction with Robbie correct. Bottom line doesn’t change: David reached out when he heard about Robbie’s great work and offered to help, unsolicited. We’ll keep you posted.
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