Blossom-Project: A Friendship Blooms Around the World

Women from the blossom project

“Last year, I met a yogi whose friendship encouraged me to help homeless women at home and around the world.”

Yoga has seeded friendships that bloom love around the world. The mindful nature of a regular yoga practice encourages introspection, heart-opening, and resilience. The transformative gifts of yoga practice are evident in my life as a person who has shed 120 pounds naturally after fifteen years of crippling obesity. Yoga has also brought me lifelong friendships that awaken a deep love for myself and others. Last year, I met a yogi whose friendship encouraged me to help homeless women at home and around the world. I first met Tine Christensen in the roaring glow of fire at Zazen in San Francisco. Each morning I found myself looking forward to rolling out my mat next to Tine’s. Her sweet humor and Danish accent made me feel right at home, flopping around in the back of the shala.



Photo credit: Dana Lee

“Blossom-Project was born from the desire to lift women out of despair, to let them know that they are not alone, and to connect them with life-giving social services and the promise of a better life.”

One day, as she was forward folding in Prasarita Padottanasana, she invited me out to tea. Tine is a trained social worker and attorney who sees the world through her heart. At tea, she spoke of the hardships that thousands of homeless women face in San Francisco, New York, and around the world. In the U.S., homeless shelters often are not able to provide sanitary supplies to women, and thousands go without proper support. She had a vision to pull together sanitary napkins, tampons, and a handwritten card to give out to each woman on the street. Blossom-Project was born from the desire to lift women out of despair, to let them know that they are not alone, and to connect them with life-giving social services and the promise of a better life.

“With the help of many talented volunteers, we managed to distribute 300 bags of supplies through six partner organizations in April 2017.”

She needed me to take on the responsibility of coordinating Blossom-Project in San Francisco while she went to New York to plant seeds there. I agreed to help along with a team of dedicated volunteers. (Besides, how do you say no to someone asking for your help while upside down in Prasarita Pattonasanasa?) With the help of many talented volunteers, we managed to distribute 300 bags of supplies through six partner organizations in April 2017. We are distributing another 500 bags in September along with a fundraiser at Google, and other organizations. It feels good to help our homeless sisters manage their moon cycles, to let them know that they are not alone and they are valued. Tine is busy planting Blossom-Project seeds in Copenhagen, where the focus is on lifting women out of sex trafficking.

“In the words of Edward Everett Hale, ‘I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”

My friendship with Tine is a celebration of international friendship seeded by the beauty of yoga. Our friendship expands like a growing flower to include the global sisterhood of women, edifying one another in dignity and hope. I am grateful to Tine for her love and compassion. If you would like to help Blossom-Project too, visit our Facebook page, Instagram, or website today. We welcome your gifts of the time, talent, treasure, and spirit around the world. In the words of Edward Everett Hale, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”