The Asheville Yoga Center this week begins its third season of Yoga in the Park, a series of outdoor yoga classes held in Pack Square Park to benefit two local nonprofits. Yoga in the Park runs Saturdays from June 13 to Sept. 5 from 10-11:30 a.m., with no class July 4. The Asheville Yoga Center will rotate through its various instructors for the series. The first session kicks off at Reuter Terrace with instructor Mackenzie Thomas.
All donations collected this season will benefit Homeward Bound, which works to end homelessness in Western North Carolina, and Our VOICE, which provides counseling, advocacy and education to those in Buncombe County affected by sexual assault and abuse.
“We’ve been sharing yoga from the heart of Asheville since 1997. It’s one of our core values — to give back,” says Kari Brayman, marketing director for the Asheville Yoga Center. “The Yoga Center donates a significant amount of our profits to local nonprofits. Yoga in the Park raised over $3,000 last year and is just one of the ways Asheville Yoga Center contributes to our community. We look forward to supporting the work of Homeward Bound and Our VOICE this season.”
Angelica Wind, executive director of Our VOICE, says she is grateful to the yoga community for helping to raise awareness about sexual violence during the third season of Yoga in the Park. “There’s such a great synchronicity between the practice of yoga and our work at Our VOICE,” she says. “Like yoga, Our VOICE promotes the integration of body and mind following trauma, and our counseling services are holistic in nature.”
Participants are asked to bring their own mats and filled water bottles. All levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced. No pre-registration is necessary.