Social Responsibility

I don’t just give lip service to corporate social responsibility, it forms the backbone of what I do. Corporations have a responsibility to individuals – customers, staff, suppliers and other stakeholders. Circles of influence spiral out from there. Flowing Life seeks to empower and support corporate people to do and be the best they can, through yoga and meditation.

I don’t stop there. Any action, done regularly, has the power to change the world. To encourage my clients to commit to a regular yoga practice in order to experience real, enduring benefits, ten percent of Flowing Life’s earnings from each company that signs up for two consecutive terms of yoga, will be donated to Motor Neurone Disease Association Victoria (MND Vic).

MND, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a little known, non-sexy illness that progressively renders muscles useless. Mobility, speech, swallowing and breathing are all affected. The mind and the senses are generally unaffected, leaving the sufferer trapped in a body without movement and with limited communication possibilities.

Why this organisation you ask? Founder Leonie Lockwood’s mother passed away from Motor Neurone Disease in 2012. She was an avid believer in the life-affirming properties of yoga and used yogic breath techniques to help her cope with her long, debilitating illness when she could no longer move her body or speak. Consequently, it wasn’t until she was 80 that the disease manifested.

Facts on MND, from MND Australia

• MND is a rapidly progressive, terminal neurological disease
• There is no known cure and no effective treatment for MND
• Each day in Australia two people are diagnosed with MND
• Each day in Australia two people die from MND
• People with MND progressively lose the use of their limbs and ability to speak,
swallow and breathe, whilst their mind and senses usually remain intact
• Average life expectancy is 27 months after the disease develops
• An estimated 1,900 people have MND in Australia and thousands more families
and carers live daily with the effects of MND