Mar 1 2012

We Say Outdoor, You Say Music

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Local Preventative Wellness Non-Profit Event: Outdoor Live Music, Oysters, Auction

On Saturday, March 3, we offer our response to the popular Charlestonian question: why don’t we have more live music outdoors in this beautiful weather? We invite guests to get bOYSTERous on Bowen’s! Listen to live jamgrass band, Green Levels, while enjoying afamily-friendly atmosphere with local oysters, beer, silent auction, and raffle items. Proceeds from this event fund the Charleston-based preventative wellness and character development non-profit, Yoga Benefits Kids (YBK). Register on yogabenefitskids.org or eventbrite.com.

Thisinvitation has appeal for everyone. Want to bring your children? Wehave face painters. Love live music but don’t eat meat? We have vegetarian eating options, locavores. Not sure if you will enjoy the live music? Give it a whirl; we bet this social scene will have yousinging and swaying in no time.

Getaway from the busyness of downtown during the Wine + Food Festival near the beach! The fun happens from 2-5p at Bowen’s Island Restaurant. And no need to wait until Sunday for this event. We have special permission from Robert Barber himself to get bOYSTERous on Saturday, March 3.

Support Charleston County School District’s YBK mind and body wellness programs. Cost is $25.00 for adults. Kids 12 and under are FREE. Older kids cost only $10.00. Advance ticket purchase is preferred but not required. If you cannot attend, please go to yogabenefitskids.org and donate to our cause. Just $50.00 affords one child yoga for a school year. $10.00 buys one child a yoga mat.

Sponsors include: Blue Turtle Yoga/ECO Fitness, Cupcake, Earth Fare, Island Fitness Studio, Itz Fitz Jewelry, Matt O’Hara Builds

 

AboutYoga Benefits Kids

Themission of Yoga Benefits Kids is to improve the strength and flexibility of children’s minds and bodies. We enhance kids’ mental,emotional, and physical health through the use of movement, stress management, and the connection between the brain, body, and breath.By collaborating with like-minded organizations, Yoga Benefits Kids creates a diverse community by providing our youth with tools thatdevelop confidence and courage to create healthier bodies, make better decisions, develop stronger relationships, and become more successful. Find us at: Charleston Development Academy, Memminger Elementary, North Charleston Elementary, and Sanders-Clyde.


Jul 18 2011

New Yoga Classes at Arthur Christopher Community Center!

Natasha Alexandra Akery

The City of Charleston recently opened a new facility in downtown Charleston. Arthur Christopher Community Center is located at 265 Fishburne Street, across from the Citadel Stadium and Burke High School.

Yoga classes are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:15 PM and 4:00 PM. Drop-In rate is $5 per person and $30 for a monthly pass! Come on out and check out this new and eco-friendly center!


Mar 12 2011

LOUIE’S KIDS ANNOUNCES YOGA MARATHON IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA’S HISTORIC FORSYTH PARK

Megan

CHARLESTON, SC – Want to join hundreds of other devoted yogi’s for an afternoon of
down dogs, headstands and mountain poses to raise money for a children’s charity?
Louie’s Kids and COPE are readying for the first Yoga Marathon in historic Forsyth Park
in Savannah, Georgia, the 9th yoga marathon for Louie’s Kids.

On Saturday, April 9, 2011, participants will fill the  park from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
as some of Savannah’s most popular yoga instructors lead the way in Forsyth Park, rain
or shine.

“This is so amazing for us as an organization and for me personally,” explains Louis
Yuhasz, founder of The Yoga Marathon and Louie’s Kids. “To date, Louie’s Kids has
raised over $75,000.00 for programs that benefit overweight and obese children in
Charleston, SC, our home base; to take this event on the road to benefit other areas
with our programs is such a blessing. We recorded donations from 37 states in the 8th
annual Yoga Marathon this past October in Charleston, SC. I am so indebted to the
yoga community and am certain this inaugural Savannah marathon will be an
extraordinary event for the Savannah community as it has been in Charleston for the
past eight years.”

This Louie’s Kids’ yoga marathon in Savannah will benefit Savannah-based COPE
(Childhood Obesity Prevention and Education). COPE will be funding a Louie’s Kids’ Fit
Club for 25 kids through a Title 1 school in Savannah this fall.

Participants can register a personal fundraising page by logging on to
www.louieskids.org/yoga. Friends and family can support efforts to complete 108 Sun
Salutations, a yoga sequence combining 12 postures. Sponsors also can donate money
for each Sun Salutation or minute of yoga completed.

To find out more about participating or becoming a sponsor of the Savannah Yoga
Marathon visit www.louieskids.org/yoga or call Ashley Gunnin at 843-901-0431.

About Louie’s Kids:

Louie’s Kids is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that raises funds to help treat
childhood obesity, which afflicts 25 million American children today. Louie’s Kids works
to find the best treatment options to meet the needs of each child. We find the fix that
fits, one kid at a time. Founded in 2001 in Alexandria, VA and now operating from
Charleston, SC, Louie’s Kids serves economically disadvantaged kids nationwide. To
learn more, visit www.louieskids.org.

About COPE:

COPE is a local non-profit devoted to combating childhood obesity with a threefold
approach – fitness, nutrition, and behavioral health. COPE, a qualified 501 (c) 3
organization, brings already existing successful programs to Savannah to benefit our
children struggling with overweight and obesity. For more information, contact
sbaker@copeforchange.org.


Nov 30 2010

Prayer Pose of Thanks

Rae

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2).

We come to our mat over and over again with expectations, striving for poses, looking for a feeling of peace, swimming around in our thoughts, to find that those natural feelings are part of the practice.  That is why we continue to show up, observe the breath, and offer thanks for the present moment.  For me, my yoga practice is a physical expression of body prayer. Prayer is a practice, but it does not have to be separate from the body. The body, mind, heart, and soul are a unified whole.  When we bring our hands to heart center in prayer (Anjali Mudra) it’s a symbolic hand gesture that reflects reverence and union with the Divine.

With our fast pace culture during the holiday season,  our stress levels are on the rise with an increase of depression, anxiety, missing past loved ones, arguing with loved ones, who is not talking to who….we all can identify with the chaos that happens within our bodies and our surroundings. The paradox is we are celebrating Thankfulness and often times get swept away into the spirit of ungratefulness.

So like brushing your teeth is a daily practice, so can prayer!

Stand in mountain pose (Tadasana) with hands at heart center in prayer

Ground your feet steadfastly into the earth

Watch the breath fill your heart with thankfulness

Breathe in from your toes, shins, thighs, hips, belly, ribs expand, chest lifts, throat, nose, third eye to the crown of the head

Breathe out from the back of your crown, neck, shoulder blades, lower back, backs of thighs, knees, ankles, and heels

Continue to the cycle of the breath ebbing and flowing from the front side of the body and feeling the breath roll off the back of the body.  Whatever is causing stress in your life, allow that to roll off with the breath of Peace. And inhale whatever you are grateful for.

May your holiday season be filled with Love, and as you pass the salt at your Thanksgiving feast, may your conversations with loved ones be seasoned with salt and light.

I seal all my prayers through my Master Guru, Jesus Christ (Yeshua Sat Nam).


Sep 23 2010

LOUIESKIDS.ORG ANNUAL YOGA MARATHON SET TO HOST 7TH YEAR!

Megan

CHARLESTON, SC – Want to join hundreds of other devoted yogi’s for an afternoon of down dogs, headstands or mountain poses in one of Charleston, South Carolina’s most historic parks all the while raising money for a children’s charity? The Yoga Marathon benefitting Louie’s Kids is readying for their 7th year as the region’s most popular yoga event.

Simply log on at www.louieskids.org/yoga and register for your personal fundraising page. Invite friends and family to support your efforts to complete 108 Sun Salutations, a yoga sequence combining 12 postures. Your specific website address will link to your email signature, Facebook, on MySpace and LinkedIn allowing for paperless donations. Tweeting and texting will increase your exposure and direct your followers to where they can donate. Many sponsors donate money for each Sun Salutation or minute of yoga completed.

“This is a particularly emotional and moving year for me personally,” explains Louis Yuhasz, founder of The Yoga Marathon and Louie’s Kids. “Last year the day before the event a 17-pound steel post shot through my windshield while I was driving on I-26 with equipment for the event, the results were a broken jaw and serious slash that ended at my neck artery. The next day while I was in a 6-hour surgery at MUSC Trauma center, the yoga marathon went on and not only did the yoga community come out in record numbers from the hundreds of studio’s across the region, this event went on to raise $25,000.00 –another 7-year record. We recorded donations from 37-states. I am indebted to the yoga community and am just as certain this year will be another extraordinary event for our community” Yuhasz went on to say.

With participants coming from as far as Asheville, NC and Jacksonville, FL to participate, many of the region’s most popular yoga instructors will lead the way in this 7th Annual Yoga Marathon on Saturday, October 9th from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., rain or shine in Marion Square. 

This year Louie’s Kids will share a portion of the proceeds with Yoga Benefits Schools, a  non-profit devoted to helping children in Title I schools benefit behaviorally and academically from regular yoga practice. In addition this will serve as a new funding source for a new Louieskids.org initiative RUNBUDDIES.ORG. Runbuddies will bring athletic mentors to the doors of children who need them most. To find out more about The Yoga Marathon and to create your personal fundraising website, visit www.louieskids.org/yoga or call 843-343-5746

About Louie’s Kids:

Louie’s Kids is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that raises funds to help treat childhood obesity, which afflicts 25 million American children today. Louie’s Kids works to find the best treatment options to meet the needs of each child. We find the fix that fits, one kid at a time.  Founded in 2001 in Alexandria, VA and now operates from Charleston, SC, Louie’s Kids serves economically disadvantaged kids nationwide. To learn more, visit www.louieskids.org.