VYW 2018

"May we be protected. May we be nourished. May we work together with great energy. Let what we study be invigorating. OM. Peace, Peace. Peace."
Katha Upanishad (800-400 BCE)

11th Annual Virginia Yoga Week

A celebration of mind, body and spirit.

Take a breath Virginia... Virginia Yoga Week is in the Air...

June 18th through June 25th.

Many thanks to our friends Maryam and Nancy and their team of dedicated volunteers from Beloved Yoga for creating a joyful Love Your Body Yoga Festival on June 17th, a perfect " kick off " to Virginia Yoga Week. Folks throughout the region came together to practice yoga, listen to music and raise funds for Cornerstones/ Southgate.

Throughout the week our member studios will be offering free, $5 dollar and karma classes to benefit those in need. Featured charities include YoKid, The Carpenter's Shelter and Odanadi.

Highlights of the week include:

We gathered on June 21st in Celebration of the Solstice and the International Day of Yoga. Practiced Yoga, picked up treats from the farmer's market and stayed to listen to some great music from Dave Lange. A perfect way to celebrate the longest day of the year.

Special thanks to YoKid Teacher, Lindsay Paul for her wonderful Kids Yoga Class. To learn more about the great work of being done by YoKid check them out on the Virginia Yoga Week featured charities page and visit their website at: www.yokid.org.

Virginia Yoga Week continues through June 25th but... The yoga love continues through til Fall with the Be Well Virginia Summer Wellness Campaign.

Free yoga in the Fresh Air will take place every Thursday in Montgomery Park 6:00-7:00pm with guest teachers from the Virginia Yoga Week Studios and Concerts will be held at the Montgomery Park Gazebo every Third Thursday of July, August and September.

Montgomery Park – The Gazebo
901 N. Royal St.
Alexandria, VA

For those who missed the Solstice Celebration or simply want to come out and play... Virginia Yoga Week studio and sponsor, River's Edge is offering a Free event class in Celebration of the Solstice 108 Sun Salutations, Friday, June 22nd, 6:00pm and will be hosting a Karma Class on Saturday, June 23rd to benefit Virginia Yoga Week Charities, The Carpenter's Shelter, YoKid and Odanadi. 11:45- 1:00pm. An open level flow class to open the heart and the hips. Pay what you can. Suggested donation $20. All proceeds will be shared between the three charities.

A complete schedule of class offerings can be found on the Virginia Yoga Week website. www.VirginiaYogaWeek.org

Our friends from Almondon will not be with us at the Summer Solstice Celebration in Old Town Alexandria but are with us in spirit as we honor the International Day of Yoga and the longest day of the year, offering 40% off selections from their online boutique. * Use code YOGADAY40 at your checkout

A Karma Class at Dancing Mind to benefit The Carpenter's Shelter on Tuesday and a Karma Class benefitting all three of our Virginia Yoga Week charities, The Carpenter's Shelter, YoKid, and Odanadi on Saturday at River's Edge Yoga.

A key component of Virginia Yoga Week is the Yogis for Positive Change Karma Project. We suggest participants offer a donation based karma class or event to benefit those in need, either one of the Be Well Virginia featured charities or a charity of choice. 2018 Featured Charities are YoKid, The Carpenter's Shelter for Homeless Families and Odanadi, an International organization working to fight human trafficking and support women in need. Past years charities have included Yoga Gives Back,The Alzheimer's Foundation and ALIVE.

Please reach out to Virginia Yoga Week Chair, Margaret Townsend with questions about Virginia Yoga Week and the Be Well Virginia Summer Wellness Campaign.

Om, shanti, shanti, shanti, Om
Virginia Yoga Week is presented by Yogis for Positive Change and the Virginia Yoga Community.