Golden Lotus Ayurveda is hosting their 4th Annual Yoga Marathon Fundraiser in support of Amnesty International on Sunday March 24.
“They use the money from Yoga Day for Human Rights to boost their programs that fight violence against women,” said Dalia Yanai, owner of the studio. All across the country yoga studios will be participating, raising funds for Amnesty International.
“Selfless service and donation is a very big part of the practice of yoga. That’s why I think it’s a very appropriate combination.”
It’s called a marathon because from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Golden Lotus Ayurveda will be offering a yoga class every hour.
“To this day we’ve only had one person that ever did the whole 12 hours… She’s actually one of our instructors now,” said Yanai.
But don’t let that intimidate you, participants can stay for as much or as little as they like. One of the benefits of the event, aside from raising money for a worthy cause, is to let people experiment with different teachers and different styles.
According to Yanai, there is a style out there to suit everybody, you just need to find the right class, and the right teacher.
“I travelled in India for a long time, and I tried yoga there once or twice. And it was awful, I hated it,” she said.
“I kept wanting to try yoga again, but I had such a bad experience the first time. Then someone introduced me to a new teacher, she was actually from Canada, and I got hooked right away. She was amazing.”
Yanai also thinks it is important for people to know that yoga is versatile enough to include just about everyone. Size, shape, and physical limitations don’t really matter.
“I honestly believe that anyone can do yoga. I teach to seniors at the assisted living facility who are in wheelchairs, and they can still do moves. I also teach to three-year-old kids, and everything in between,” she said.
“People tell me that they’re not good at yoga. I don’t believe that, there’s no such thing. You’re not good at it, you can improve your condition maybe, but you don’t get good at it. It’s not a sport.”
Check out the Golden Lotus Ayurveda Facebook page for more information. It will take place at the studio at 914A 11th St. S. from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on March 24.
The schedule is: 9 -10: Morning Flow Yoga; 10:30-11:30: Flow Yoga ; noon-1: Power Core Yoga ; 1:30-2:30: Meditation / Relaxation; 3-5 : Ashtanga Yoga & Inversions; 5:30-7: Meditation in Motion – Flow and breathing; 7:30 – 9: Yin Yoga.
Admission is by donation. There is a suggested donation of $40, especially if you’re attending multiple classes, but no one will be turned away.