Danne works in our Natick store in Boston and also is the brains behind the incredible blog 12 Months Of Lent. She recently participated in her first yogathon. What is that, you wonder? Read on.
On Sunday, April 28th, I participated in my first Yoga Reaches Out yogathon. Wait...yogawhat? That’s right — a yogathon, kind of like the telethons of your childhood, minus the TV part, and with a whole lotta yoga added to the mix. Have I lost you? Let me explain...
In 2010, New England yogi and lululemon ambassador Sarah Gardner set out to bring the yoga community together in the name of seva (selfless service). She founded Yoga Reaches Out, a public charity that raises funds for children’s organizations and culminates in an annual day-long yogathon.
Yogis from all over New England register to participate and spend the months leading up to it doing their part of the fundraising. Then, on the day of the yogathon, everyone gathers together to roll out their mats and celebrate the efforts of so many.
So, what does a yogathon look like? Picture over 1,000 yogis practicing on the field at Gillette Stadiumʼs Field House in Foxboro, MA (you know, where the New England Patriots practice, no big deal). Picture the best of the best of the region’s hottest instructors leading you through a powerful flow. Picture a halftime show with live music, vegan food trucks, and vendors galore. Picture Bryan Kest, founder of Power Yoga, leading everyone in a group dance to Sexual Healing (true story!) before kicking his afternoon yoga class into high gear while dropping just as many f-bombs as words of yogic wisdom. And picture being part of a group that’s collectively raised over a million dollars for charity.
Amazing, right? And that it was. After all that the Boston area’s been through over the past month, an event like this is just what we all needed—a beautiful reminder of all that’s right with the world.
The power of people getting together and collaborating on something so positive has enormous affects in a community. What good vibrations are you planing on sending out this summer?