Do you think looking after your body and contributing to society at the same time might be a bit of a 'stretch'?
Not so. Now you can get fit and fight homelessness all at once from June 3 when Yoga in the Park returns to Cork in aid of the Cork Simon Community.
The event, organised by the Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre, brings yoga enthusiasts and novices together every Saturday over the summer period between 10am and 11.15am in front of the bandstand at Fitzgerald's Park.
Last year up to 250 people per week joined in and since 2014, the event has raised over €25,000. Last year's events raised €14,000 alone.
The event organisers are encouraging everyone with an interest to be 'flexible' and head along. They also want to assure men that this is not a female orientated event.
“We understand that for many people it can be intimidating to start practicing yoga...You have nothing to worry about. Yoga is fun, accessible to everybody and a truly enjoyable and rewarding experience,” a spokesperson for the Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre said.
“For guys who worry that yoga is for girls, fear not. Approximately a third of our students are men...We have men from the armed forces, sports people and plenty of runners who attend. There are also lots of guys at the studio looking to regain their health after time away from being active. Some of our most dedicated students are guys who have started their yoga journey with us and found strength, flexibility, focus and a positive challenge at our classes.”
The Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre, located on Penrose Wharf, was founded by director and senior teacher Yogacharya Lalit Kumar. Lalit has been practicing yoga since the age of seven at traditional schools in India. He has been teaching internationally for over a decade.
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