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Bend for a cause at Cool Aid yogathon

Jul 06 2012

After years of walkathons, swimathons and the like, perhaps it isn't much of a stretch to bring a yogathon to Victoria.

The Victoria Cool Aid Society has organized what is being billed as the city's first yogathon, featuring a daylong series of yoga sessions at Centennial Square. Saturday's schedule runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., with all proceeds going to Cool Aid's Downtown Community Centre.

The yogathon is being held to mark one year of expanded program offerings at the centre, located about half a block from City Hall at 755 Pandora Ave. An open house at the centre from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is also part of the occasion.

"The response from the yoga community has been overwhelmingly positive," said community centre coordinator Donna McKenna, noting that finding volunteer instructors was not a problem.

The wide range of yoga styles being offered reflects the "huge depth and richness" among the city's yoga practitioners, McKenna said.

"We wanted to try to present that menu for people."

The lineup even includes a 10 a.m. session of family yoga, led by Alicia Corsiglia of Little Gurus Yoga.

Classes are 45 minutes, and anyone can join in for a suggested donation of $5. A single donation of $5 gets a family into the family class.

Pre-registration is not needed. Pledge forms are available at coolaid.org/yoga.

"Just show up and bring a mat," McKenna said. "If you don't have one, we have a few for people."

Given the spotty summer weather to date, she said she has been casting a frequent eye on the weather forecast.

"I've probably never googled the Weather Network so much in my life as I have the past few days, but it's looking very good for Saturday."

Users of the Downtown Community Centre can enjoy activities such as floor hockey, basketball and yoga, as well as participate in a community-kitchen program that helps with life skills, socialization and nutrition. All programs are free.

"It's about making healthier choices of how to spend your time," McKenna said.

jwbell@timescolonist.com

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