What is YogaVotes?
YogaVotes is a national, nonpartisan campaign to get yogis out to vote in 2012. Awareness, connection, and participation are core elements of yoga on the mat. They happen to be central to our civic life, too, whether that be at the most local level or in this year’s presidential campaign.
YogaVotes will encourage the 20 million Americans who practice yoga to take their values into the public sphere and into the voting booth. We will use traditional and cutting edge organizing tools to reach, activate, and encourage these folks to go to the polls on election day—especially in key states where our collective voices will have a noticeable impact.
Through YogaVotes We Will:
1. Show that yoga is voting: Uniting the work we do on the mat with the decisions we make at the voting booth.
2. Demonstrate that every vote counts: Encourage all yogis to participate in the voting process, no matter who they are or where they’re coming from.
3. Mobilize an emerging constituency: Engage, educate, and mobilize the 20 million yoga practitioners in the U.S. We will demonstrate that the yoga community is a block of conscious voters, engaging in politics in a new and impactful way.
Yoga Meets Politics
For many people who practice yoga, the mat becomes too small to hold our practice. We find our yoga affecting our experience of our bodies, what we buy, the way we treat people, and how we engage in relationships. Let’s extend that awareness to the decisions we make for our schools, communities and our country.
YogaVotes offers an opportunity to infuse politics with the values that matter to you. What if we all helped bring the practices of inclusivity, compassionate action, collaboration and unity to our country’s hyper-partisan politics?