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Yoga: Reaching Out and Digging Deep

Nancy Alkire Nancy Alkire Yoga: Reaching Out and Digging DeepJoin Yoga On High on Sunday, March 15th at 1:30pm for Yoga Stops Traffick and 108-Sun-Salutations. Photo by Alana Becker.
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There are two special events happening today at Columbus’ major yoga studios. Yoga for two very good causes!

Today, March 15th, at 1:30 p.m., Yoga On High hosts Yoga Stops Traffick. Since 2009, Yoga on High has been the Columbus host for this worldwide event benefitting a group in India that rescues women and children from human trafficking there. Last year over 120 yoga centers around the world participated and raised more than $40,000 to fund the work of the Odanadi Seva Trust.

This charity in Mysore, India operates a sizable program similar to Gracehaven and Central Ohio Rescue and Restore in Columbus. This Sunday, participants can donate any amount ($20 is suggested) and then may do a session of 108 Sun Salutations at 1:30 pm. Past 108-Sun-Salutation participant Suneetha Kurra said that it takes a little over 60 minutes to do, and it is an amazing experience.

A group of teachers from Yoga On High, Karine Wascher, Tom Griffith, Marcy Freed, Gail Larned, Michael Murphy and Joanie Delph, will lead the 108 Salutations and encourage modifications and rest breaks. 108 is a notable number in Asian mythology. 108 is the number of beads on a mala “rosary” necklace and said to be the number of earthly desires humans have. It is also a Harshad number. Meaning “joy-giver” in Sanskrit, Harshads are integers such as the number 12 which is divisible by the sum of their numbers (12 = 1+2 = 3 which goes into 12 x 4). Mysore, India is a great source of inspiration for yoga, but unfortunately it is also a major area of human trafficking. Funds raised by Yoga Stops Trafficking for the Odanadi Seva Trust go not only to rescuing and rehabilitating trafficked women and children in Mysore, India but also to general education about these crimes.

How did I get myself into this state and how can I get out? -Baron Baptiste

March 15th in Columbus also begins a very unique workshop at Balanced Yoga: 40-Days to a Personal Revolution will be led by popular Baptiste yoga teachers Nicole Klasa and Greg Fisher. Guided by the book from power yoga celebrity Baron Baptiste, 40-Days will be a series of activities designed to transform one into a calmer, more focused individual.


40-Days to a Personal Revolution will be led by popular Baptiste yoga teachers Nicole Klasa and Greg Fisher at Balanced Yoga.

“[In the] Baptiste culture, classes and programs are framed around exploring, learning and living from your authentic self – and sharing that version of you with the world,” says Klasa. She did a 40-Day program at Cleveland Yoga and found it “awakening.”

Among many goals is to try for a six-day a week practice of any kind of yoga at any level.

“[Yoga is] more than asana and breath,” says Fisher. “[There is] community and inquiring, sharing and pushing each other to live inspired and authentic lives.”

Besides 40 days of yoga there will be weekly meetings, guided meditations, and personal mentoring by Klasa and Fisher.

“Our vision is that this 40 Day Personal Revolution Program will create a space where people feel comfortable, safe and supported; which will encourage people to open up to themselves and each other,” says Fisher. “Our hope is that people will gain a deeper understanding of themselves individually and as a group.”

The workshop fee includes unlimited yoga for 40 days as well as the Baptiste book and other supplies. It is open to anyone from any background at any level of experience.

Klasa beams when talking about it. “We are excited to finally bring this transformational program to the yogis of Columbus,” she exclaims.

For more information visit Balancedyogastudios.com.

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