Stepping onto my mat Tuesday night wasn’t just for personal practice. It was for more than just the asanas and working on my breath. It was for change. Tuesday night my yoga studio hosted a Yoga 4 Change event. Yoga 4 Change brings yoga practice to inmates, at-risk youth in schools as well as veterans. They teach gratitude, self-acceptance, forgiveness, anti-bullying and withstanding peer pressure. Each group is different in their practice goals but one thing is always the same…yoga can transform.
Class was packed full of yogi friends from the community-the biggest class I had ever been in at my studio. The lights were turned off and candles lit the room. They had a live sitar player during class that played through our yoga flow. It was an amazing experience! At the beginning of class we set our practice intention. I decided to set my intention on love towards others and love towards my practice.
Over the past few months my love of yoga has grown into a life. Learning to breath through every day things via my yoga practice has helped greatly. I always see room for improvement but with yoga you never stop learning. It felt great practicing yoga for a cause. Going through each asana with love, gratitude for the opportunity to be in a place to help raise awareness. I’m truly thankful to have participated. Our studio raised funds to help Yoga 4 Change make a difference in our community. What an opportunity!
To learn more about Yoga 4 Change and how you can participate or donate please visit their website here.