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If you enjoy attending yoga festivals like Wanderlust, Hanuman or Yoga Journal LIVE! and have ever felt the desire to extend the benefits of your practice to others, this seva party is for you! The fourth annual all-day Yoga Reaches Out Yogathon on Sunday, March 6, in the San Francisco Bay Area will raise funds for the Lazarex Center Foundation, an organization that provides resources for underserved cancer patients.
Sarah Gardner, founder of Yoga Reaches Out, says she created the nonprofit to make yoga her platform for giving back. YRO selects the charities it supports for each Yogathon by coming together, observing what resonates in the council’s hearts, and deciding what will best serve the needs of their community. All of the presenters donate their time for the charity. “The whole event has an amazing feeling to it; it’s a day of celebration, high-energy, amazing yoga teachers, fantastic music and it’s all to do good,” says Gardner. “It’s the seva party of the year.”
Keynote speakers will kick off the event, followed by a 2 1/2-hour yoga session taught by local Bay Area teachers, including Dana Damara, Malia Hill, Buddy Macuha, Alexa Silvaggio and Debbie Steingesser. Each teacher will take a turn leading the practice for 20 to 25 minutes. The Lazarex Cancer Foundation will give a presentation and awards to fundraising winners during the lunch break. Chelsey Korus will lead the 2 1/2-hour afternoon practice, accompanied by live music from Kevin Paris and Suzanna Spring. You can also expect stand up paddleboard yoga classes from Leigh Claxton of OnBoard SUP, performance art, and a variety of vendors selling products ranging from yoga gear and apparel to food and drinks.
All-day Yogathon to benefit the Lazarex Cancer Foundation
March 6th, 2016, from 9:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Richmond, California, at the Craneway Pavillion
$25 to register for a full or half-day ticket; if you choose to fundraise, you commit to earning $250 ($150 for students) for the Lazarex Cancer Foundation.
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