Over the years, I’ve been involved with a number of different events, from winter festivals to summer soirées. Whenever I reached out for help from people in the community to lend a hand, there were always a number of talented folks that came out of the woodwork, including Kristin Damstetter, who I have written about numerous times.
Kristin, a certified New York State art teacher, was one of the first people to bring the hula-hooping movement to Buffalo. But she’s not just a hooper… she’s an artist, and a yogi. The latter interest has led Kristin to pursue furthering her education as a yogi, with the ultimate aspiration of creating her own community studio space in Buffalo.
Yes, there are a number of other yoga studios in and around Buffalo, with a lot of talented yoga professionals behind the efforts. At the same time, Kristin has been at the forefront of so many of these inspirational fitness movements in Buffalo, that, when she asked if I could spread the good word that she was looking for the community to help raise funds so that she could attend B-School with Marie Forleo (an online business/marketing school), I immediately said yes.
Kristin, who happens to be a graduate of Kripalu School of Yoga’s Yoga Teacher Training Program, has been teaching yoga and hooping classes in Buffalo for years. Many of those classes have been free (at Delaware Park, Canalside, etc.). Kristin’s ultimate goal is to open a community studio space in Buffalo, but first she is of the mindset that the B-School is of utmost importance before she can move forward with creating the studio.
If you’ve ever attended a music festival in Buffalo, or participated in a community yoga session, then chances are you have witnessed Kristin doing her thing – spreading peace, love, and fitness to everyone that she comes across. Kristin will readily say that in all of the years that she has helped out others, to build a better, healthier, happier Buffalo, she has never asked for much in exchange. Now, the time has come when she is asking for help to get to this next level of her life’s journey. She’s smart enough to know that without the proper business acumen, opening a community studio space will be an uphill battle. That alone tells me that it’s a worthwhile investment to chip in a couple of bucks.
If you want to pitch in, you can visit this GoFundMe crowdfunding page to learn more.