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17 August 2009

108 Sun Salutations for Charity: Yoga Aid in Pittsburgh

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Yoga Aid Challenge 2009 is happening in Pittsburgh!

The idea of "Giving4Living for Life" was the seed for Yoga Aid, founded by two yogis with a desire to "give something back to the world through their love of yoga." This event, a coming together of local yogis to complete 108 sun salutations to raise funds for charity, happens annually in cities throughout the U.S. and at sites all over the world!

This year's U.S. Yoga Aid Challenge will be held the weekend of September 12-13th, 2009. Here in Pittsburgh the "coming together" happens on Saturday, September 12 at 10:30am, at Tunnel Park behind REI at the South Side Works (S 27th and Tunnel Blvd). Yoga folks from all over the area will meet to put "giving" and compassion into action, together practicing 108 sun salutations throughout 2 hours. Their mission? To support Yoga Aid's charity partners and to spread awareness about the benefits of yoga.

Open to anyone regardless of age, fitness, or yoga skill level (beginners welcome), the gathering is led by local yoga teachers and will be fun and safe. Attendance is free. Participants are asked to fund-raise before the event by gathering sponsors to donate via an easy online interface. All money raised goes directly to
Yoga Aid's charity partners, which include Amma, The Africa Yoga Project, 4 Oneworld, The Foundation for Women (FFW), and India Heritage Research Foundation (IHRF).

Registration on the morning of the September 12th challenge starts at 9:00am.
Register here for Pittsburgh's Yoga Aid happening, or for more info, contact our local Yoga Aid Community Ambassador Maddy Landi at YogaAidChallengePittsburgh@gmail.com.

Visit the Yoga Aid website to find a challenge in your area if in the US, or do a web search for worldwide venues.

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