BuddhiBox is happy to support the Fly Buddha Foundation this month with sales from the May boxes. I met the founder, Sara Krish in January and was instantly inspired to be part of her mission in some way. The Fly Buddha is an apparel company and a non-profit that assists women with gynecological cancer in the preservation of their fertility. Through financial assistance and community resources, they strive to create a possibility where one would otherwise not exist; the possibility for a woman to have her own biological child. Sara is a survivor of cervical cancer and was empowered to create a service to help her community. It is easy to admire her grace, beauty, and fearlessness and you cannot help but fall in love her with spirit. She was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for BuddhiBox.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Smiles. Believer. Strength.
You are founder of the Fly Buddha apparel company and the Fly Buddha Foundation. Briefly tell us about both. The Fly Buddha is an inspirational lifestyle brand that came to be after my cancer journey in 2012. I felt a strong responsibility to connect, support, and inspire other cancer warriors when I recovered so I started designing clothing with messages and graphics that moved me. After 6 months of spreading my word through cotton tanks and social media, I decided to bring my South Bay community together in a bigger way! In September 2014, we started hosting “GET LIT” yoga parties every 3rd Saturday of the month on the Redondo Pier led by local yoga studios. We raise money for The Fly Buddha Foundation who’s mission is to assist women with gynecological cancer in the preservation of their fertility. Through financial assistance and community resources, we strive to create a possibility where one would otherwise not exist; the possibility for a woman to have her own biological child.
Please share your personal story, for those who are just learning about you and your mission. The Fly Buddha Foundation is so near and dear to my heart. In 2012 when I was diagnosed with cervical cancer I was told that the chances of me carrying a child were slim, that the possibility of a hysterectomy were high, and that my ovaries would most likely be wiped out by the radiation. Putting this all together, I decided to freeze my eggs before I started treatment. I wanted to give myself the possibility of having my own biological children someday! The process of fertility preservation is extremely expensive, often accompanied by a price tag well over $10,000. Thankfully, my parents and I were able to cover the cost with credit cards. Now, almost 3 years out, I can’t imagine not having those 18 frozen eggs waiting for me. This is a gift I have to give other women who’s life has been rocked with a gynecological cancer diagnosis. I never want financial restrictions to take away the possibility of motherhood.
What are 3 things people can do to help?
1) Local? Attend our monthly “GET LIT” yoga parties on the Redondo Pier every 3rd Saturday of the month 10am-12pm. $5 suggested donation.
2) Shop our inspirational threads online at www.theflybuddha.com/shop. Post pictures of you and your friends rockin’ TFB on social media! Tag @theflybuddha using #getlit #fcancer
3) Visit www.theflybuddha.com and click DONATE on the homepage.
4) Tell all your friends!
What is coming up next for Fly Buddha? What initiatives are you working on? We’re working on a new collection for our clothing line full of color and fashion forward styles! We’ve been inspired by the 5 colors of gynecological cancer, using lots of purples, blues, and pinks. The design team has also been working hard to create a strong “get lit” message, meaning shining bright from an excess of happiness on the inside! Expect to see these new designs toward the end of summer.
What inspires you and motivates you? I am inspired most by strength and perseverance both in myself and in others. I think my favorite moments may be when I’m leading a spin class and I see the fight in my team to push a little harder or to finish strong. I get tears on my eyes often as an instructor. I love the fight! It’s so powerful to me now…more than ever!
You are also a yoga teacher, what do you love most about being a yoga instructor? When I was sick and during recovery I felt my body more than ever – the changes, the weakening, the reshaping. I became extremely aware, finding a connection stronger than ever. This body awareness is what I love most about yoga and movement in general. What muscles are firing, what postures are uncomfortable, where can tension be released.
What is your favorite yoga posture? Why?Pigeon is my favorite yoga pose. It’s a struggle every time to sit still, to relax, to breathe, to soften. When I send breathe into those tight spots, the release is powerful. I tend to release a lot of my junk in pigeon. 😉
What song is on your playlist, that you cannot get enough of? When Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” comes on, I sing from my toes! I can’t help but feel this song in the depths of my soul! I just love it!!!
What is your life mantra? At the start of 2015 I picked these 3 words as my mantra, my guiding light: unity, curiosity, truth-seeking. If I’m being this at all times, I am rooted in love and one-ness. xoxo
Anything else you would like to share? I am a TV star! 😉 On April 7th I made an appearance on The Ellen Show! You can watch the clip here: http://ellentube.com/videos/0_ibcn8pz1
Now to get her to invite me back so I can share The Fly Buddha with the world… 😉
Check out Sara’s Fly Buddha playlist on our spotify channel HERE. Please connect with Sara through the social media links below and support her cause. Every time you purchase a BuddhiBox, we donate a percent of proceeds to charity. It changes each month! Visit www.buddhiboxes.com/subscribe-yoga to sign up.