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It’s that time of year again – the fourth annual Yoga Mala event will be happening on Sunday, May 30 in Parc Jeanne Mance (at the corner of Duluth and Esplanade). Montréal yogis will come together to salute the sun 108 times in the name of service. This year, all funds raised will be contributed to Le Garde-Manger Pour Tous, a non-profit organization which distributes meals to underprivileged schoolchildren in and around Montréal, educates adults about healthy eating skills, and provides employment and integration programs. In short, a totally worthy and yogic cause!
The event, which was initiated by seva superstar Dawn Mauricio, will feature 9 Montréal-based teachers in a range of traditions (see the whole list here) who will guide participants through 108 sun salutations. Why 108? A mala, a string of beads used for meditating, praying and chanting mantra in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, has 108 beads on it and the number is highly significant in both traditions. Among the multitude of reasons this number is important: 108 is the number of Upanishads, the number of names of the Goddess, and the number of paths to God. The Yoga Mala website lists a whole bunch of other theories and beliefs. Whatever the reason, the image of a mala, with individual beads connected together for a single purpose, is inspiring and uplifting.
Yoga Mala 2010
Sunday, May 30 10am – 1pm
Parc Jeanne Mance (Duluth/Esplanade corner)
To register, contact one of the organizers
To give, click through to CanadaHelps
Yoga Mala 2010 Facebook fanpage and event
This Sunday, March 7, yogis across Canada will be gathering to practice together with the 2010 Power of Movement yoga challenge, and all funds raised will go towards critical arthritis research. Now in its fourth year, previous Power of Movement events have raised nearly $400,000 benefiting the 4.5 million Canadians who live with arthritis and autoimmune conditions. This year, organizers hope to exceed above and beyond that amount.
It’s not too late to sign up for one of the “mega-sessions” happening across the country and start taking pledges from your friends and families. The Montreal mega-session will start at 11am at The Sacred Heart School (3635 Atwater Ave), and other events will be taking place in Vancouver, Nanaimo, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa and Halifax. If you don’t live in or near any of these place, there are smaller local events in select cities – or just simply make a donation to Power of Movement, in the name of yoga as service!
And what’s with the biker campaign? It’s just proof that “anyone can do yoga,” a fundamental belief at the core of Power of Movement. See the video below for proof…