Free Yoga in the Park starts Saturday Asheville NC

by Dryridgeinn on June 7, 2014

The Asheville Yoga Center will host its second season of outdoor yoga classes in Pack Square Park starting Saturday to benefit two local non-profits.

ASHEVILLE Yoga in the Park is back.

The Asheville Yoga Center will host its second season of outdoor yoga classes in Pack Square Park starting Saturday to benefit two local non-profits.

The events are all free and open to the public, but 100 percent of donations collected will benefit Homeward Bound and Helpmate. The series last year raised more than $1,500 for Homeward Bound.

“Part of our inspiration for this series of outdoor yoga classes is ‘Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu,’ a sanskrit mantra used in the yoga tradition that has been translated to mean ‘may all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all,’” said Christine Thoemke Hart, Asheville Yoga Center studio manager.

“Our goal with this project is to put this mantra into action by raising funds for local non-profit organizations that help individuals in crisis.”

Homeward Bound works to provide long term housing solutions for individuals who are homeless and Helpmate provides services to victims of domestic violence.

Sessions will take place most Saturdays from 10 – 11:30 a.m. starting thise week and running through Aug. 30. No session will be held July 5.

Participants should bring their own mats.

Yoga In The Park for Homeward Bound

June 7 – Izzy Shurte

June – Sara Levine

June 21 – Michael Johnson

June 28 – Kate Lundquist

July 12 – Lisa Sherman

July 19 – Tanya Neplioueva

Yoga In The Park for Helpmate

July 26 – Rosie Mulford

August 2 – Hilary Drake

August 9 – Jane-Anne Tager

August 16 – Mackenzie Thomas

August 23 – Sierra Hollister

August 30 – Anna Levesque

Homeward Bound provides long-term housing and support for homeless individuals. Their mission is to work with others to end the cycle of homelessness. Learn more at homewardboundwnc.org.

For over 30 years, Helpmate has served victims of domestic violence and their children in the Buncombe county area. The non-profit agency provides an emergency shelter, 24-hour hotline, counseling, a court advocacy program, and preventative education. Visit helpmateonline.org for more information.

To learn more about Asheville Yoga Center, visit youryoga.com or call 254-0380.

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