Open-air yoga for a cause

A view of the Adirondacks during the open-air yoga last week at All-Souls Interfaith Gathering. Photo by Lynn Alpert.
A view of the Adirondacks during the open-air yoga last week at All-Souls Interfaith Gathering. Photo by Lynn Alpert.

by Eileen O’Grady
Yoga Roots of Shelburne is taking advantage of the lovely Vermont weather and bringing yoga outside with an innovative open-air yoga program called Karma Yoga. Participants will be able to stretch and breathe while they raise money for two local charities, the Shelburne Food Shelf and the Charlotte recreation scholarship.

The first class was last Sunday on the lawn at All Souls Interfaith Gathering, with about 20 attendees.

“We are so excited about partnering with All Souls for such a good cause,” says Heidi Kvasnak, co-owner of Yoga Roots. “Yoga outdoors in such a peaceful, beautiful setting as All Souls Interfaith Gathering is a gift to us all.” Kvasnak added that last year’s Karma Yoga series was able to raise over $2,000 for charity, and she is looking forward to what this year’s events will be able to accomplish.

There are two series of karma yoga classes that alternate weekly. One occurs every other Saturday from 8:00am to 9:00am at the Charlotte Beach.

The other class series occurs every other Sunday from 8:00am to 9:00am at the All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne. Instruction happens in the field outside, with beautiful views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains. The proceeds from this series will go to the Shelburne Food Shelf. There will be a different Yoga Roots instructor every week.

Registration is not necessary, and anyone is welcome to attend classes from both series. The suggested donation per class is $5-$10 in the form of cash or a check.

Dates for the Charlotte Beach classes: July 2 and 16; August 13 and 27.

Dates for the All Souls classes: July 10 and 24; August 7 and 21.

For more information visit www.yogarootsvt.com or call 985-0090. In case of inclement weather, please check the website for information.