Yoga and meditation have been proven to help people in managing their mental and physical wellness, My Comunidad Foundation's mission is to create a space where yoga and wellness can be equitable, inclusive, and accessible while honoring the roots of yoga. To us, this means opening a space in an underserved community (our goal is somewhere in the East Los Angeles area/South East Los Angeles (SELA) area) and offering classes that are low-cost or free. Typically, wellness spaces are located in more affluent areas and the average cost of a class can be expensive at $20 or more per class. However, these spaces are beneficial to everyone regardless of socioeconomic status (SES).
In addition, My Comunidad hopes to be a space that welcomes every population. We will work towards the representation of teachers and students, and provide classes that are accessible to any individual wanting to practice yoga.
My Comunidad Foundation started December 2019 as Sangha Los Angeles. We had been looking for a physical location when the pandemic hit. Due to the restrictions resulting from the pandemic, we decided to put looking for a physical space on hold and started offering low cost or donation-based classes online. In January 2021, we changed our name to My Comunidad and decided to focus on establishing ourselves as a nonprofit organization. In the fall of 2021, our non-profit status became official. Now, we are focused on looking for a physical space to open up to the community and raising the funds for the start-up costs and funds to sustain beyond opening.