Yoga with Carla Fundraiser – Another success!

We had our second fitness fundraiser for Dollars For Development this morning – Yoga With Carla Rogan! 14 yogis showed up to Olympic Village, ranging in yoga experience from a first-timer to another certified yoga instructor.

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Our cozy venue had a beautiful view overlooking the Sea Wall and False Creek:

IMG_4230Carla took us through a well-rounded class, starting with some breathing to focus us into the session, and then flowing through several vinyasas to get us warmed up.



We then moved into our balancing series, where she busted out a challenging string of single leg poses including tree, revolved extended big toe pose, revolved half moon, and warrior III.

IMG_4222There were a variety of other poses to focus on hamstring lengthening (which we all needed!):


Next we stepped a bit outside of our comfort zones with the crow and side crow poses… but after some demonstration by Carla (top photo), check out the other two who nailed it!
Crow Pose

We ended with some back bends, core work, and a savasana:


After the session, we handed out a few door prizes for Matchstick Coffee Roasters gift certificates & coffee and a Planet Veg gift certificate. Most people stayed around for some delicious ‘Hot Chocolate Rooibos’ tea donated by Kerrisdale’s The Secret Garden Tea Company, and mouth-watering Brown Butter Blondies and decadent Brownies made with love and generously donated by one of my regular coffee/lunch spots on Main Street, The Last Crumb Bakery (be sure to check out their gluten-free sconewiches)! Simple Soap also gifted every participant with homemade soap that everyone loved 🙂

Last Crumb Treats


A big THANK YOU to Carla Rogan for donating her time and skill to lead us through the class, and to everyone who came out during this busy Christmas season – we are able to donate $195 towards Dollars For Development!! 

Only 3 more days until our online fundraising campaign is over – if you’ve been thinking about it but haven’t yet, please check out our link at

Fit By Francis Bootcamp Fundraiser – Success!

December 9, 2013: It was a cold and blistery Monday night in Vancouver, yet 14 faithful supporters of Dollars For Development walked, drove, sky-trained and bussed to Groundwork Athletics Inc. on Granville and Georgia for our fundraiser bootcamp class.


After some introductions and a quick warm up, we were ready to have Francis Dos Santos of Fit By Francis run us through an energetic workout filled with a wide range of exercises! After a quick explanation, we started with some lunges to warm up:



He followed that up with a circuit with some bosu agility exercises as well as burpees to get our hearts pumping:



The second circuit included some active planks on the bosu and resistance work with the bands:



Everyone loved the 30-second intervals of jump squats:


And we topped off the night off with some core burners!


Thanks to everyone’s donations, we raised $255!!! We are so thankful to everyone that came out to support Dollars For Development, and to Francis for starting our week off with a great exercise session! Thank you to The Secret Tea Garden Company for their goodie bag, Simple Soap for aromatic samples, and Matchstick Coffee Roasters for coffee and gift certificates for door prizes!


We’ve now blown past our original $5000 goal, and Dollars For Development sits at $8310 – We’re overwhelmed by everyone’s support!

#DollarsForDevelopment and #GivingTuesday

#BlackFriday has come and gone, #CyberMonday is here in a few short hours. After a weekend traditionally associated with sales, shopping and splurging, a new day has been created to bring awareness to social issues and good causes – #GivingTuesday is coming to Canada for the first time this year!


“It is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.”

I’m happy to share that #DollarsForDevelopment has been approved to be a part of Indiegogo’s #GivingTuesday initiative! For every $20 that our campaign receives on Tuesday December 3rd, Indiegogo will donate $1!


AND THE CHERRY ON TOP: Kids Physio Group has committed to matching Indiegogo’s contribution, which will multiply the effects – we will now get a bonus of $2 for each $20 that we receive on Tuesday! I am so fortunate to work at a clinic that is so supportive of this endeavour that Maegan and I are so passionate about!!


Please take part in this day of giving. If you’ve been thinking of supporting #DollarsForDevelopment in our quest in improve rehab services for kids in South India, Tuesday December 3rd will be a great chance to maximize your contribution 🙂

We’re at 90% of our $5000 goal!