Animal Lover

YogaFit's Beth Shaw lives her karma yoga.
By Heather Boerner

 
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Before Beth Shaw ever stepped onto a yoga mat, she knew her life's work would be speaking for animals, who don't have a voice.

"I remember telling my boyfriend in high school that, when I had a lot of money, I wanted to have spay-and-neuter vans and go around and care for the animals," says Shaw, the founder of YogaFit. And now, almost 24 years later, she says, "I feel like I'm stepping into my dharma [life path] now." Shaw has turned her business acumen—YogaFit has certified 70,000 fitness professionals who teach yoga worldwide—into a vehicle for promoting animal rights. In her hometown of Los Angeles, she was instrumental in passing a new law that requires the spaying and neutering of pets, which helps prevent the killing of millions of unwanted animals. She backs a similar California bill.

And the success of YogaFit enables Shaw to put her money where her values are. In 2007 she donated $95,000 to animal causes, including Karma Rescue, which rescues big dogs; People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; and local animal shelters, where she also volunteers her time. In addition to these contributions, Shaw sometimes uses the opportunity to raise funds for animal groups when she guest-teaches classes.

 

Excerpt reprinted with permission of Yoga Journal. Read the full article here

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