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Connect in Compassion

Yoga teachers and practitioners from around the country want to help the victims of Katrina. Rather than feel hopeless, many yogis and yoginis are putting their compassion into action.

By YJ Staff


"From Monday, September 19 to Sunday, September 25 the following yoga studios and teachers in Madison, Wisconsin will be donating proceeds from the classes listed below to support the victims of Hurricane Katrina. 100% of all proceeds will go to benefit the American Red Cross and America’s Second Harvest. Drop-in rates vary from $10-$15 per class. Please check with individual studios or call 273-FLOW for more information. We are happy to have almost the entire yoga community in Madison working together!"

Tuesday 9/20 Kymm Wallin Well Within 10:00-11:00am Pre and Post Natal Yoga; Mariana Hewson The Perfect Knot 4:00-5:30pm Hatha Foundations; Micki Wenswan Mound Street 5:30-7:00pm High Energy Yoga; Iris Mickey Main Street Yoga 5:45-7:15pm Anusara Yoga; Andrea Russell Body in Balance 7:00-8:30pm Vinyasa Yoga

Wednesday 9/21 Scott Anderson Body in Balance 5:30-7:00pm Hatha Yoga; Jessica Becker The Perfect Knot 7:30-9:00pm Ashtanga Yoga

Saturday 9/24 Barbara Flesch Well Within Yoga 9:00-10:00am Anusara Yoga; Heather Russell Women's Fitness Center 10:00-11:00am Community Yoga; Marissa Belcoff Body in Balance 10:45-11:45am Mat Pilates; Mary Sheean Well Within Yoga 2:00-3:00pm Kripalu Yoga

Sunday 9/25 Courtney Oftedahl-Fitness Balance 11:00am-12:00pm Kundalini Yoga; Donna Sarafin Well Within Yoga 2:00-3:00pm Vinyasa Yoga; Dennis Meadowcroft Main Street Yoga 6:00-8:00pm Ashtanga Yoga.

The following studios will be donating net proceeds from all classes for the entire day on the following dates. Please check their websites for class times.

Monday 9/19 Orange Shoe Gym Various Instructors

Friday 9/23 Bliss Flow Yoga Various Instructors

Saturday 9/24 Bikram Yoga Madison Various Instructors

Saturday 9/24 The Yoga Room Lisa Lawrence

Sunday, September 25: Potluck Fundraiser at The Perfect Knot from12:00-2:00 pm Please bring cash or check donations, canned food, diapers, formula or school supplies. Sponsored by Aubree Saia of the Jewel in the Lotus and Lisa O’Connor


"Sunday, September 18th the Sunflower Revolution, a movement to spread the practice of Karma Yoga, is planning Yoga in the Parks in the Boulder, Colorado area. We will be holding free Yoga classes in parks throughout the city and asking for $10 donations for Second Harvest and Habitat for Humanity to help those affected by the hurricane to rebuild their lives. We are looking for Yoga teachers to volunteer to teach classes from 10am - 12pm. Please contact us if you would like to teach a class, or would like to expand this effort into your own community."


"I am a yoga teacher in the San Diego, CA area. On September 22nd, 2005 I'll be teaching an outdoor yoga class and all the proceeds will go to either the American Red Cross or the Humane Society Disaster Relief Fund (for animals and pets displaced by Katrina). I am suggesting a donation of $10 - $15/student, which is the typical cost for a yoga class, but of course people my donate whatever they want! All are welcome to attend. For more information, email Rebecca Fellows at:"


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