You know that yoga helps spread peace and love around the world, but did you know it can actually help keep a child alive?
This Saturday, Strala Yoga in downtown Manhattan (founded by Tara Stiles) will be hosting a very special power yoga class benefiting Keep a Child Alive (#keepachildalive), the charity co-founded by Alicia Keys in 2003 to bring dignified treatment and loving care to children and families affected by HIV in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, and India.
"This class will focus on love through various meditation exercises, as well as strength and flexibility through poses," Monica Merlis, Special Events & Development Associate for Keep a Child Alive, tells YogaJournal.com. Stiles will be teaming up with Jeanette Jenkins, founder and president of the Hollywood Trainer fitness company, and Latham Thomas, yogi and founder of holistic lifestyle hub Mama Glow, to teach the class.
Limited spots are available, so be sure to pre-register here. Not in the New York City area? You can still make a donation. A $100 ticket helps a widowed woman living with HIV in Pune, India, get back on her feet and provide for her children; a $250 ticket gives a child orphaned by AIDS in Soweto, South Africa, a place to call home, a uniform for school, and food to eat for 3 months; a $500 ticket gives two months of protection, legal services, and love to children who've been raped in South Africa; and a $1,000 ticket provides a mother and her baby in Kampala, Uganda, with a year's worth of HIV treatment, food, and loving care. Talk about yoga with benefits!
WHAT: Power Yoga Class benefitting Keep a Child Alive
WHEN: Saturday, September 6, 2014; Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; Class: 6:45–8:00 p.m.; Meet + Greet: 8:00–8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Strala Yoga, Soho (632 Broadway, New York, NY 10012)
COST: $100 and up
—Jennifer D’Angelo Friedman