Yoga Benefit for Newtown



Seane Corn and Beryl Bender Birch will teach at the Newtown Yoga Festival.

Newtown, Connecticut is still mourning last December’s tragic killing of 20 children, 4 teachers and 2 school administrators at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It devastated the nation, and begged the question of how to curb gun violence in the U.S. Eight months later, parents and community leaders have come together to bring a festival of hope and healing to that same community, and yoga is at the forefront.

The first annual Newtown Yoga Festival takes place Aug. 24, from 10am-4pm at NYA Sports and Fitness in Newtown. The event will include music, local food, chanting, and yoga sessions with local teachers as well as with Seane Corn and Beryl Bender Birch. There will also be a silent auction where a participants can win a new bike, custom-made yoga mat bags, and even tickets to a filming of Live! With Kelly and Michael. For the younger crowd, Newtown teacher Karen Pierce is teaching her special brand of kids yoga all day.

In a video on the festival’s website, Jennifer Bassett, a local parent and one of the event organizers, says that the main point of the festival is for kids to simply have fun, celebrate the end of summer, and go “into the new school year, planting a little seed for mindfulness.”

Tickets are a suggested donation of $25 per adult, free for kids under 16, and all proceeds from the day’s event will go to the Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization developed after the tragedy to provide financial and emotional support for victims, as well as advocate for solutions to senseless gun violence. Space is limited, so it’s a good idea to register here.