Join this all-day yoga-themed donation-only event of workshops, dances, chanting, performances, a “wellness marketplace,” and fun for all ages! “We believe that yoga is a tool for social justice, and should be for everybody, not just those who can afford it,” says Terry Gupta, organizer. “This is for people who are curious about yoga. Join in the festivities as together we create the world we want to live in!” The fun includes a Peace Poster Parade for kids and teens, a free vegetarian lunch put on by Whole Foods and others, free acupuncture sessions, and give-aways. There is no charge for the day or the workshops; donations are accepted. Popular workshops are already filling up; sign up now at www.yogacaps.net/2011yoga4peace.html!
See the day’s schedule and read bios of many presenters at www.yogacaps.net/y4p2011_sessions_bios.html.
Many of the workshops will teach yoga to children of all ages; parents are encouraged to participate or watch. All children and teens will want to make art to join the Parade (see www.yogacaps.net/yfp2011posters.html), and enjoy the clown making balloon sculptures! Ms. Gupta says they welcome “everybody’s energy in there that would like to be there.”
Learn about the many exciting raffle items, and how you can get free tickets, at www.yogacaps.net/y4p2011raffle.html.
Funds raised go to “free yoga classes for those with cancer, peacebuilding scholarships, and healthy whole food items for Meals on Wheels food programs.” (Learn more about these causes at www.yogacaps.net/y4p2011_causes.html.) Ms. Gupta says they expect to raise $4,000 to $5,000 for these worthy causes.
Ms. Gupta says that while the value of the day is up to $200 per participant, many people enjoy the whole day and free lunch and donate $25. Some cannot make a donation, and offer to help clean up afterwards or assist in other ways. No one is turned away.
This event is for all ages and abilities and is held in a fully accessible building at Nashua Community College.
Learn more at www.yogacaps.net/2011yoga4peace.html.
Yoga for Peace is put on by YogaCaps, who “build[s] community and wellness by making yoga more available and affordable” and is based in Merrimack NH. (www.yogacaps.net) Co-founded by Ms. Gupta and her husband Jay, it provides many services, including yoga for those with cancer, for those with mental illnesses, and for seniors, and will be soon releasing a CD about restful sleep and a DVD. (Learn about the DVD at www.yogacaps.net/SubtleYoga.html.)
Ms. Gupta says, “Yoga has saved my life every day that I do it. How can you not want to share that?”