Looking for something meaningful to do this weekend? Why not Rise for a Cause with Yogathon, The World's Largest Charity Event, this Saturday, August 20th! Join thousands of yoga enthusiasts around the world for the 5th annual event. Eleven cities across Canada and over 50 cities worldwide will rise together for a cause – through yoga – to benefit Care for Children, a program providing free education to disadvantaged children in India.
when: Saturday, August 20, 2016
location + time: Yonge and Dundas Square, 9:30am to 1:30pm in Toronto
Find your city’s local timing and event location here.
ticket info: $25 sponsorship towards Care for Children
what to bring: your yoga mat, a water bottle, towel, sunscreen, your yoga gear and an open heart.
More than a fundraiser, Rise for a Cause Yogathon is a community-building event and global initiative of the Art of Living Foundation to raise awareness about the right of children to an education and the role of yoga in a healthy lifestyle. This Canadian initiative has grown from six participating cities in Canada in 2012 to become a global movement.
yoga for a cause
The funds raised through Yogathon will be used to help educate children through the Care for Children program. Care for Children is changing the lives of over 53,000 underprivileged youth in rural India though 425 free schools. By having access to education, these children are empowered with the tools, knowledge, skills and confidence they need to shape a better future for themselves, their families, their communities and the world.
what to expect
I participated in the 3rd annual event in Toronto and it was an incredibly uplifting experience. Local Yoga instructors took turns leading the Sun Salutations, set to music that was performed live. This was a unique experience in that each instructor led the practice in their own style. This meant that things never got boring, because let's face it, 108 Sun Salutations can get pretty repetitive after a while. From my experience, you can expect a wonderful morning full of yoga, fun and a lot of sun salutations to warm your heart, body and spirit.
what are sun salutations?
The Yogathon event challenges participants to complete 108 sun salutations as symbolic offering of hope to children around the world and to spread the message of universal education. Surya namaskar, or the sun salutation, is a dynamic sequence of movements performed to celebrate the sun, while building strength and improving flexibility. The fluid, rhythmic postures awaken the whole body, focus the mind, and enliven the breath. Want to get started but not sure where to begin? Learn how to do sun salutations here.
The Art of Living Foundation
In 2014, I participated in the Art of Living Happiness Program in Windsor, Ontario. I deeply enjoyed my experience and I feel a personal connection to this organization because of the valuable tools that I gained through the program. The particular course that I took provided training in meditation, breathing techniques, yoga practice, and personal development. The Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) is the largest volunteer-based non-governmental organization (NGO) in the world. Over the past 35 years, the Foundation's service projects, and its meditation, stress-release and yoga programs, have benefited millions of people in over 155 countries, representing all walks of life, religions, cultures and traditions.
Here's to another successful Yogathon Event!
This post was in collaboration with Yogathon Global Event Coordinator Tara Verma. This is an unpaid endorsement. I only share content about events and products that I personally support, and that are of the highest integrity.
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