Thursday, August 20, 2009

Downward facing dog for a good cause

Giving comes in all forms.

For Karen Williams, it comes in forms of bodies twisting and stretching into exotic-sounding postures -- for good causes.

Williams owns Yoga For Life, a studio on Morehead Street (Mary Lou Buck is teaching a class there in photo above). Since March, she's held benefits there on the first and third Fridays to raise money for a different cash-strapped charity.

She calls the events "Yoga Matters," with participants paying as much as they can afford for a 75-minute class and a talk from a member of the particular organization that is being helped. Williams donates the space. Teachers donate their time -- all the proceeds go to the charity.

The next benefit is Friday at 6 p.m. Yoga for Life has two studios, and there'll be two teachers for beginning and intermediate students.

"It's important in the yoga community that we give back," she said. "What I love about 'Yoga Matters' is that it gives back on so many different levels. It gives back to the students. It gives back to the community and to the organizations that are so financially challenged in this economy."

Friday's benefit is for Circle de Luz, the organization that helps young Latinos in Charlotte through extensive mentoring, programming and scholarship funds for education. Previous recipients include: Seigle Avenue Partners, Catawba Lands Conservancy, the humane society, Jacob's Ladder and the Girl Scouts.

Some students have written checks for $50, others have dropped a couple of bucks into the donation basket.

Didn't matter to Williams -- every little bit helps.

If you want to get in a good stretch, and help struggling charities stretch their resources, head to Yoga for Life on Friday at 6 p.m. They're at 1410 W. Morehead St.


LifeCoachKaren said...

I have been a loyal member of Yoga for Life (YFL) for many years. I have always appreciated the community approach of Mary Lou Buc (original owner) and now Karen Williams. Karen is consciously adding more activities to support community. This makes my experience with YFL an essential element of my life balance.