When: Saturdays, Sept. 7 and 21; Saturday, Oct. 5. All classes begin at 10 a.m.
Where: Pack Square Park's Reuter Terrace, downtown Asheville. http://www.youryoga.com, http://www.homewardboundwnc.org or 254-0380. $5-$15 suggested donation.
Why: Break out of the studio and take your practice outdoors with Yoga in the Park, a series of group yoga classes in Pack Square Park. Doing downward dog while the breeze rustles through the trees is its own reward, but saluting the sun for a good cause makes yoga even more gratifying.
This outdoor, donation-based yoga class benefits Homeward Bound's work to help Asheville's homeless population transition to permanent housing. Through a Housing First model, individuals experiencing homelessness are housed as quickly as possible, with ongoing case management to help overcome barriers that threaten their stability.
Homeward Bound "envisions a day when the poor and the vulnerable among us will no longer be invisible and ignored but treated with compassion and decency." The organization believes that homelessness is a solvable problem and that all individuals should be treated with respect and empathy.
The yoga class is offered on a drop-in basis, so no registration is necessary. Participants are asked to bring their own mat and are invited to gather outside Asheville Yoga Center at 211 S. Liberty St. to walk to the park as a group. Or just meet fellow altruistic yogis at the park at 10 a.m. Take a moment to stretch out in the sunshine and contribute to Homeward Bound's efforts this fall.
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