Loka-saṃgraha: “Holding Together the World”
Join our May 22 Benefit for Indian COVID Relief


As you know, India’s pandemic crisis is devastating. Across the country, people continue to face critical shortages of oxygen, medicine, and supplies needed to combat the surge in COVID-19 cases.

North Woods Yoga will be hosting a Zoom event to raise funds for India
Saturday, May 22, 2021, from 10–11:30 am ET

Loka-sagraha: Holding Together the World
A Benefit for Indian COVID Relief


Krishna speaks in Chapter 3 (Karma Yoga) of the Bhagavad Gītā about the importance of undertaking action to maintain the welfare of the world.

In that spirit, please help send aid to India by joining us as we savor some sacred sounds and visual art that amplify the teachings of the Gītā:

  • Mary Reilly will guide us to a conscious seat and receptive mind.
  • Bob Gilbo will share examples of the rich artistic imagery related to the Gītā, from painting and sculpture to folk art and the popular traditions.
  • Leslie Freyberg will lead us in chanting an invocation, selected verses, and closing mantra.


We suggest a donation of $18 to register for the benefit. If you have means, larger amounts are welcome: $36, $72, or any multiple of 9 is considered auspicious.

Vetted Charities

The Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States is suggesting members donate to UNICEF India.

Click here to donate to UNICEF India. 100% of your donation goes directly to UNICEF’s efforts to slow the spread of the virus and help those affected by COVID-19 in India.

Click here to donate to The Hope Foundation to support running costs of COVID wards or to help feed those affected by the COVID crisis

Click here to donate to Give India to help purchase and distribute oxygen supplies. This site is based in India, but you may contribute in US dollars, and 100% of your donation goes directly to procuring oxygen.

If you would prefer to support another Indian COVID-19 relief effort, you may make your donation directly to the charity of your choice. We are using the honor system.


Once you have donated, click here to register for the benefit. You will receive a Zoom link the day before the event.

Can’t Attend in Person?

Register anyway! We will record the event, and all participants will receive a link to the Zoom recording (viewable for two weeks thereafter).

Please share the benefit details widely with those in your community or other organizations that may be interested. Let’s come together to generate relief funds for our friends in India, a country whose cultural and spiritual traditions have immeasurably benefitted the worldwide yoga community and the population at large for centuries.

Mary, Bob & Leslie look forward to seeing you May 22 for Loka-sagraha: Holding Together the World!

Mary, Bob & Leslie