Help Gaiam TV Rebuild a School in Nepal
For: Sherpa Mountain Adventures Relief Project
Takasindu, Eastern Region, Nepal
After Nepal's devastating earthquakes destroyed the homes, schools, villages, and possessions of millions, we felt helpless. What could we possibly do to make a true impact for these communities of kind-hearted, mindful, humble, gracious individuals? Raise money to help our friend Karma Sherpa of Sherpa Mountain Adventures build a school in his hometown of Nepal, as well as teach monks yoga, of course!
Enjoy this interview with Karma and learn more about how you can help.
MT: Can you tell us a bit about your personal story? How you came to be living in America and what brought you here?
Karma Sherpa: My Name is Karma Sherpa. I was born and raised in a small remote village of the Mt. Everest region in Nepal. I grew up in very poor family. I came to America to learn about different cultures and how developed countries operate.
MT: What exactly is a Sherpa?
KS: The Sherpa are an ethnic group in eastern Nepal.
MT: What is your favorite thing about being a Sherpa?
KS: Most Sherpa people are very honest and hardworking people, and they are very motivated to help others. So my favorite thing is to help and benefit others.
GTV: Are there any mystical or religious deities that live in the mountains of Nepal? How do you approach them before taking people on a trek?
KS: Yes. Sherpa people believe that there are deities that reside in the mountains and they perform special ceremonies to ask for permission before hiking in the area.
MT: Do you have a yoga practice? How has it helped you navigate life?
KS: I have done some basic yoga and I think yoga will help connect mind and body together. This will help make our daily life much more meaningful, help us to use our body for right action. I believe that yoga is one of the best ways to learn how to live in the moment.
MT: Does yoga help you spiritually? How?
KS: Yes, it helps me grow on an individual and personal spiritual level. Yoga looks different for everyone, as we each have our own path on our life journey. Yoga helps us to find and connect with that path.
MT: Monks aren’t typically known for doing yoga. In fact, this effort could bring an exciting cultural exchange to their lifestyle. How do you think learning yoga will help the monks?
KS: I think there are some different kinds of yoga monks do practice, but as far I know, this type of yoga is more focused on spiritual growth. The different thing is the modern yoga concept will benefit both physical and mental development. Especially for the monk, yoga will help for physical strength and fitness as well providing potential income through yoga instruction.
MT: Tell us a little bit about your village - what is it like to live there? What do the people enjoy doing, etc.?
KS: My village’s name is Taksindu and is located south of Mt. Everest. This is a remote mountain village, and we have very limited material resources.
MT: What is the most important thing you’d like people to know about your village, or about Nepal in general?
KS: Well, I grew up with very limited material resources compared with the western world. I would like to let people know that it is very important to have balance with material and modern technology. When people take a break from all these material facilities, they can really feel true happiness and real life experience.
MT: Discuss why yoga would be beneficial to bring to your entire village
KS: Yoga is not only useful for physical and mental exercise. It will help you to grow into a deeper spiritual level, and one can also teach yoga to other people and have an opportunity to make some income. So yoga will be very important for the entire village.