Eventful, Energetic, Ecstatic

In celebration of Yoga Day USA today, I am ecstatic to report abellaYoga’s donation-based yoga class raised over $1,000 for Soles4Souls.  The class was held in the historic ballroom of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum in Alexandria, VA —the exact place where Presidents such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson once danced.

35 people showed up for the 80 minute power vinyasa flow.  It truly was a spectacular turn out.  Prior to the event, I was thinking I’d be thrilled if 20 people show up for this yoga class on a cold Winter Saturday morning.  Well, the sun shined and people came.  People showed up who had never tried yoga.  Many of my City of Alexandria yoga students participated.  A yoga teacher/friend of mine drove from Rockville, MD as well as a friend from D.C.  A bunch of my Arlington, VA neighbors took up the front row.  And mixed in the middle were some former yoga clients and old friends I hadn’t seen in years!

We flowed, breathed and definitely sweated with the intention of doing something good for others.  Of course, each participant was doing something good for their own well-being but the connecting thread was “others”.  So I concluded the class with the following quote from the Dalai Lama. 

The True Meaning of Life:
We are visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life.

P.S.  If you wish to give to Soles4Souls, it’s not too late.  Visit soles4soulsfundraising.org/abellayoga

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Holly Smith on January 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Well said! And nice job!


  2. Posted by Patty Eitemiller on January 25, 2010 at 8:59 am

    The class was awesome and so glad you were able to do this for a great cause! Great Job Melody!


  3. Great advice. And congrats on raising the money! We hope to raise $200,000 for women affected by breast cancer by holding a giant yoga class on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum in May.


  4. Posted by Tasneem R on January 29, 2010 at 6:02 am

    All the very best in your endeavor . 🙂
    Hope your yoga class reaches the heights of the sky .


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