Beaufort Yoga instructors present ‘Grateful Hearts’

YMCA and Beaufort area yoga instructors are coming together on Saturday, November 22, from 1-5 the YMCA of Beaufort County  to offer “Grateful Hearts”, an afternoon of yoga directly benefiting those in need this Thanksgiving holiday.

Sponsored by the YMCA of Beaufort County and Holy Yoga Beaufort, the event aims to support the efforts of ‘The Giving’, an annual community-wide, multi-church effort to provide Thanksgiving meals to those in need. Four yoga classes will be offered, each with variations on the theme of gratefulness and thanksgiving.

The event is open to the public as well as YMCA members. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable Thanksgiving food items for a family of four or $20 and can choose to participate in one or all yoga classes offered.

“The practice of yoga goes well beyond the mat,” said Registered Holy Yoga Instructor, Carrie Carper. “The yoga community as a whole is a loving, giving and helpful one, and it is no surprise that this event came together as quickly as it did. Yoga is a way of life, and this event is one example of how our practice can be taken off our mats and directly into the community around us.”

The schedule of yoga offerings is:

1:15-2 p.m.: All Levels Yoga with Carol Morrissey -“I am Thankful for You.”
2:15-3 p.m.: Hatha yoga with Sally Moona -“Blessings from the Sun to the Moon.”
3:15-4 p.m.: Vinyasa Flow Yoga w/ Ashlee Marcy- “Overflowing with Gratitude.”
4:15-5 p.m.: Holy Yoga w/ Carrie Carper -“Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.”
* This session will also offer live music by Amanda Brewer*

*YMCA childcare not provided

Suggested donations are frozen turkeys, potatoes, canned yams, green beans, cranberry sauce, and rolls. Items collected will be distributed Monday, November  24, at the YMCA to families referred by charitable agencies.  In 2013, approximately 820 families were provided Thanksgiving meals through ‘The Giving’. With the help of the ‘Grateful Hearts’ yoga event and through donations to ‘The Giving’, organizers hope to feed more than 600 families in 2014.

The YMCA of Beaufort is located at 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal.

Beaufort Yoga instructors present ‘Grateful Hearts’