Take it off the mat for global challenge

Published: Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 09:45 AM.

Santa Rosa Beach's Angela Ragsdale says that giving of yourself begins with needs closest to you, and then should extend further.

Ragsdale and her husband, Mike, have founded the 30A Charity Golf Classic, which will donate 100 percent of its proceeds going to charity — one local and one global.

The founding of the golf classic rises from Angela's commitment to raising $20,000 for the Global Seva Challenge, which is focused this year on the issue of environmental justice in the Amazon. Monies raised will go towards helping preserve the Amazon rainforest and protecting the rights of its people.

Off the Mat, Into the World is a worldwide grassroots activation of the yoga community connected through the Global Seva Challenge and the Global Mala Projectto to save energy, and cut down on carbon dioxide emissions and waste.

Ragsdale has taught yoga since 2009, presently at The Studio at Seaside. Ragsdale said what spurred her to sign up and commit to raising $20,000 was the empathy that arose in hearing the stories of the Ecuadorians who need help.

"I can't imagine being a mother and knowing that your homeland is being wiped out and tribes being asked to leave their homes. They don't want to be relocated. I correlate it to our American Indians. I feel badly for those people and their heritage. Some towns are committing community mass suicides. Being a mom of four, I could not imagine ...," she said.

Even though she committed to raise the money first, it then sank in that she didn't know how she would do that.

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