At Sahaja Yoga Mats, we are a for-profit-for-a-purpose. Our luxury high performance, eco-friendly printed yoga mats are recyclable and for every yoga mat we sell, we donate a solar light to communities in Mozambique.
We are passionate about our communities and Mother Earth. So we hold in mind the ecological footprints we leave. We want to do more, to be more, not just for humanity but for our planet.
We purchase the solar lights from Illumination Solar, another Australian company. We choose Illumination Solar, as they're another social enterprise company like us, and they also have a giving program, called Give Power or BOGO: Buy One Give One. Which is one of Sahaja's core values, such synchronicity!
We donate the solar lights to Mega Marine Fauna Foundation, (MMFF) who are a non-profit and distribute the lights in Mozambique. One distribution channel is through MMFF's flagship education program, the Nemos Pequenos “Little Nemos”. Which teaches young people how swim, to live with and protect the marine environment. The children and trainee instructors participating in Nemos Pequenos, do not have electricity in their homes and this dramatically impacts their ability to learn.
Together we, you our Light Giver and Sahaja, the lights are being presented to children and instructors who graduate from the Nemos Pequenos program as Ocean Guardians. These young Mozambicans will, for the first time, have safe, clean light in their homes after dark.
Mozambique has one of Africa’s longest and most diverse coastlines. 54% of the population in Mozambique, live in poverty and there are many families who can not afford to pay for electricity. They can't afford to buy kerosene and paraffin wax to burn, for simply daily living during the evenings.
“With Mandarin 2 Solar Lights, our children will study longer. Our eldest likes to teach his siblings but has to stop when it gets dark,” says Joaqim Faniero from Bomba Village. The children will also be much safer. An incredible 1 in 3 of the residents have direct experience of their home or a friend’s home burning down due to kerosene lamps or candles.
By tapping into renewable energy with the solar lights we not only leave cleaner footprints on our planet, but we also light up peoples lives who have no electricity and move away from harmful kerosene or paraffin wax.
When you buy a Sahaja Yoga Mat, you aren't just receiving a luxury eco friendly printed yoga mat, you are making a difference in another persons life, you become a light giver.
Light must come from inside. You cannot ask the darkness to leave; you must turn on the light. Sogyal Rinpoche