Yogi be­gins ser­vice goal

The Wellingtonian - - Front Page - CHELSEA MCLAUGH­LIN

Welling­ton yogi Lizzie Dixon is about to take the trip of a life­time, but it’s not for her.

Dixon is one of six women, and the only New Zealan­der, go­ing to In­dia next month as part of the Rise As One project.

Rise As One is a global yoga com­mu­nity that con­nects peo­ple to projects, en­abling yo­gis to reach the next level of prac­tice: to be of ser­vice to oth­ers.

Dixon, who has been prac­tis­ing yoga for al­most a decade, says the trip is based on the idea of ‘seva’, mean­ing self­less ser­vice.

They will spend time in the slums of Nag­pur, and have part­nered with the Bod­hicitta Foun­da­tion to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion and job skills and to es­tab­lish a home for vul­ner­a­ble girls and women to help them es­cape child mar­riage, poverty and to be­come change-mak­ers in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Each yogi will be con­nected with a leader in the com­mu­nity who they will men­tor.

Dixon be­lieves the groups ex­pe­ri­ence with yoga, which she be­gan as a way to heal af­ter the death of her mother when she was 16, will help them to help oth­ers.

‘‘Yoga is this beau­ti­ful process and or­ganic process of chip­ping away the lay­ers so we can bet­ter our­selves … in that, the bet­ter we get at con­nect­ing our­selves, the bet­ter we get at con­nect­ing with oth­ers.’’

Dixon says the trip is the first step in what she con­sid­ers a ‘‘call­ing’’.

Af­ter In­dia, she wants to cre­ate a pro­gramme that takes peo­ple to Nepal in ser­vice roles. ❚ More in­for­ma­tion about Dixon and the Rise as One project can be found on chuffed.org.

Lizzie Dixon will spend times in the slums of Nag­pur, In­dia.

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