Save The Date!
This year the Yogathon Challenge will go through the month of April!
Kickoff for the Yogathon will be April 5th at Yoga Pearl 2-4:30 pm
Closing celebration and awards ceremony will be May 3rd at Yoga Space NW from 7-9:30 pm
Stay tuned for more details!
How The Yogathon Works!
1. Set a yoga goal that works for you. Some participants might attend 30 classes in the 30 days of the Yogathon, others might commit to one class each week. You can choose to attend classes in a studio (many participating studios are offering discounted memberships to Yogathon participants), or devote to your personal home practice!
2. Set a fundraising goal. This year we hope to raise $35,000 collectively!
3. Set up your personal fundraising page on our easy to use online system. It is easy and an inspiring way to share your yoga story!
4. Ask your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors to pledge their support!
- Share your Fundraising Page on Facebook, twitter, and other social media sites.
- Send a personal letter or email to your friends and family explaining why yoga is important to you, and how their support can help offer these benefits to others.
Registration will begin in mid March!
Please enjoy our promo video from the 2013 Yogathon. You can also watch two of our participants share why they participated in the event this year:
2013 Individual Fundraising Champ
Congratulations to Michelle Rowley, our 2013 individual fundraising champion! Read what she had to say about why she got involved and why this work matters to her!
How did you hear about Living Yoga and what inspired you to participate in the Yogathon this year?
I heard about Living Yoga during a class with Emily Oliva at Yoga Pearl. I’d been struggling to recommit to my yoga practice after shoulder tendinitis had derailed it about a year ago. As soon as Emily explained the Yogathon I knew I wanted to be a part of it. It was exactly what I needed to get my practice back on track, and having a sister in recovery from addiction, I loved the idea of helping to bring yoga to those in prison and in rehab programs.
Why do you think bringing yoga to people in prison or who are in treatment for addictions is important?
There’s an epidemic of faulty self-esteem in our culture. We appear, collectively, to believe that the more pious, good looking, rich, brilliant, or famous we are, the more worthwhile we are as human beings. How can those who struggle with the disease of addiction, or who have spent time in prison, measure up against those standards?
Through yoga, we begin to realize that our value as human beings is inherent — no matter who we have been, or what we have done, we are all equally valuable. Then we can unravel the cultural fallacies that have led us down unhealthy paths in the first place. We can find inner peace, and the courage and motivation to care for ourselves (because we’re worth it!). That’s when healing begins. The lovely, and deeply suffering individuals who find themselves in prison, or in the prison of addiction, need this healing more than anyone.
What was something that you learned from this process about yourself, or about others?
During the first week of the Yogathon, I pushed myself too hard and got elbow tendinitis (I never learn!). Determined to stick to my commitment to daily yoga practice during the fundraising period, I had to find creative ways to modify my practice. Most studio classes were too much for my poor elbow, so I practiced mostly at home. Sometimes I could only tolerate 10 minutes before the ice pack came out.
What I learned was that yoga doesn’t have to be a super intense, 90-minute studio session (although I do love those). I see now that I can always practice — and I can always find an excuse not to practice. Even more generally: I can always decide to take care of myself, or find excuses not to.
Anything else you like to share?
I’d just like to thank my fabulous and wonderful sister who has been in recovery from addiction for almost a year. She was my inspiration during the Yogathon, and continues to inspire me every single day with the amazing things she’s doing with her life. Love you so much, sistorface!
2013 Team Fundraising Champs
Congratulations to Yoga Pearl, our top team for 2013. Great job on pulling through to the end!
“It was wonderful to see everyone support one another in our Yogathon team. The feeling of people joined together in teams across the community all working towards the same goal was empowering!”-Sondra Bloxam