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Friends and family of Erica Abbott are uniting to raise money in her memory for a scholarship fund at Sarva Yoga Academy.

The Erica Abbott Sarva Yoga Academy Scholarship Fund:

On Tuesday, August 30th, we at Sarva Yoga Academy lost one of our dearest friends, Erica Abbott, in a cycling accident in our Brooklyn neighborhood. She was a profound dancer, a newly named Bodhisattva (think, Superhero), and our personal style icon.

In her memory, we join together to create a Scholarship Fund to enable future students to participate in Sarva Yoga Academy.

Our Aim: $4108 by Oct 17th. Rather than place it into the hands of one person, Erica's teachers' wish is to make the tuition cost less daunting so more people may immerse themselves into this unprecedented training. The scholarship also includes a Free Seven-Month Membership at Brooklyn's GO Yoga, where Erica practiced yoga daily.

Please help us meet and exceed this aim...


100% of donations will be collected by Erica's SYA Teacher, Michael Hewett, so that he and Co-Teacher Dushan Zaric can offer future students of Sarva Yoga Academy the opportunity for tuition or retreat scholarships in honor of Erica.

Many students are sincere practitioners of Yoga and Meditation, but they would not otherwise be able to afford the financial commitments to complete the rigorous training (including costs of tuition, retreat, and time away from employment obligations).

At Sarva Yoga Academy, we had been learning about the traditional teachings of death and after-life, and Erica's friend Haley remembers her saying… “but all that doesn’t matter, That’s why I’m going to reach Enlightenment in THIS lifetime.”

In reflection, Erica was always brave. When many of us were too proud to verbalize what we were feeling - when we were striving to keep face - Erica was raw, completely candid about her experience with these deep teachings. She questioned, disagreed, but surrendered wholly to the will of her teachers, and the teachers all around her.

In her passing, she has given us the clarity of our greatest lesson, the first step on the Path we studied hand in hand: Yes, this life is beautiful. There is so much to be enjoyed. We live in paradise, if only we see through what keeps us from it. Still, we never know which
breath will be the last. We must all take clear action to changing our world, Now.

At the end of our Yoga classes, we often practice a dedication, sending this Perfect Universe (our Mandala) out into the world as a great seed of Love falling into the still lake of our United Soul-Mind, and causing ripples, to become waves. In seeing the love that surrounds Erica… the thousands of people who she has shaped and
who in turn have shaped others, we are further resolved to bring ourselves to the Highest State of Being. In fact, we promise to. For her.

Erica, go. Realize your own Divinity. Enter fully- and come back to teach us again.

At the same time, we will offer your highest aspirations as inspirations to others. May the Erica Abbott Sarva Yoga Academy Scholarship also keep your spirit alive!
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