FOR A CAUSE - The Stantec Central Alberta Yogathon is set to take place Aug. 19th in City Hall Park. The event will raise money for the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation. photo submitted

Yoga in City Hall Park for a good cause this weekend

Funds raised go to the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation

By Emily Rogers

Red Deer Express

Yogis are getting ready to participate in the annual Stantec Central Alberta Yogathon for mental illness awareness this weekend in Red Deer.

The Yogathon will take place in City Hall Park on Aug. 19th, and run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families, and individuals off all experience levels are welcome to attend.

Participants are encouraged to raise funds and awareness for youth impacted by mental illness in Red Deer. All proceeds will be donated to the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation.

The event is designed for people to come together through yoga, said the Executive Assistant Shannon Van Parys. “Come enjoy the community spirit for a worthy cause.”

In previous years the Yogathon was an informal event, however this year steps are being made to ensure the fundraising goal of $15,000 is met.

“There is a strong desire for mental health initiatives within the community,” Van Parys said.

The Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation is geared towards youth, 12- to 15-year-olds, who are struggling through difficult times, and who are not finding the support they are requiring, officials added.

Van Parys added there has been a lot of interest and support in the event. She added in previous years the Yogathon has been successful, but this year they are expecting over 100 yogis to attend.

“Its really about bringing people together through the healing power of yoga,” Van Parys said, adding there are mental healing aspects incorporated with yoga practices. “We want to bring like-minded people together, and enjoy yoga.”

Brochures and pledge forms are available at local businesses, including Stantec, local yoga studios, BIG 105 and 106.7 The Drive, as well as the Red Deer Library.

Individuals can also participate without fundraising, but will be charged a $35 registration fee, which will include a four-hour yoga session, refreshments, and a participation gift. Registration fees will be waived for any participants who raise $200 or more. For additional information, individuals can email cayogathon@gmail.com and like the Central Alberta Yogathon on facebook.

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