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Cleveland, are you ready for some yoga?

Yoga Bear's YogapaloozaGet ready Cleveland, Yogapalooza is coming your way!  I do not think I have mentioned this yet on my blog, but I recently got involved with the non-profit Yoga Bear (link).   I have joined the organization as a volunteer event coordinator for YB’s annual event, Yogapalooza.   Yoga Bear is just getting started in Cleveland and what better way to gain visibility and spread the word about our cause than through a great event!

Planning for the Cleveland Yogapalooza is still underway, but here are the basics of the organization, the event and where I am at in the planning of the Cleveland event…

Yoga Bear – Yoga Bear is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing cancer survivors with more opportunities for wellness and healing through the practice of yoga.  Currently operating in 23 states, YB helps connect cancer patients and survivors with yoga studios and also creates a community to join and connect with.  One the aspects of the organization that I find especially great is its utilization of social media.  The Yoga Bear site is a social network where you join, make a profile and can invite friends, participate in discussions and blog.  Yoga Bear is also present on Twitter, You Tube and Facebook.  Although many non-profits participate in social media, I have yet to find one where social media plays as large of a role as with Yoga Bear.  I think this utilization of social media tools is a great benefit to the growth and awareness of the organization and its cause and I am sure YB will become a role model for non-profit social media in the near future.

Yogapalooza Last year marked the first year of this event in San Francisco.  It was a great success and this year the event has expanded to six cities; San Francisco, Atlanta, Austin, Cleveland, New York City and Washington D.C. Although each city’s event is tailored to that city, all events have the same goal: to raise money for Yoga Bear’s cause and promote healthy living and the benefits of the practice of yoga. Also all events are scheduled for June 27th making one united, nation-wide day of yoga!

Cleveland Yogapalooza Here are the details on the Cleveland event as it stands currently. The event will be taking place on June 27 at Wade Oval in University Heights. Wade Oval is a beautiful park located right in between four of Cleveland’s best cultural landmarks: The Botanical Gardens, CWRU’s Gehry building, The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum. We hope for a beautiful sunny day (fingers crossed!) but tents will be set up in the case of rain.

By the end of this week my hope is to have our teachers and local sponsor set.  Meetings and phone calls are currently taking place and I hope to have some great additional news by Saturday to share! That being said if you are or know a great teacher in the greater Cleveland area please let me know! Feel free to comment to this blog or reach me directly at erika@yogabear.org.

I am so happy to be a part of this organization and cause. The benefits received through the practice of yoga are endless and it is wonderful that Yoga Bear has created a community of people who believe in the healing and restorative powers of the practice and support the fight against cancer.

Stay posted for additional news on the Cleveland event and I look forward to a great day of yoga on June 27!

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Weekend Adventure: Hessler Street Fair

Cleveland Scene.com

Cleveland Scene.com

Although I have lived in Cleveland my entire life, this weekend marked my first visit to a local festival celebrating its 40 year anniversary, the Hessler Street Fair (website).  

The Hessler Street Fair started as an annual block party and in 1969 began its path to the street festival it is today.  Back then, University Circle Inc. wanted to bulldoze Hessler Road to build student dorms and parking lots, and thanks to the money raised by the street festivals the streets became Cleveland Landmarks and were saved from demolition. 

The fair today is a wonderful mixture of arts, crafts, music and food and attracts more than 10,000 visitors a year.  I, as a first time visitor, was greatly impressed by the offerings of the fair.

Hessler Road and Hessler Court (there is interestingly enough no actual Hessler Street) are the two roads which host the fair.  They are lined with a number of quaint, historic houses and end in a courtyard of apartments where local bands set up and played throughout the weekend.  I had the pleasure of listening to the JiMiller Band (website), who’s mix of jazz, bluegrass and blues was a perfect backdrop to the relaxed, free-spirited feeling of the festival. 

I did not get the opportunity to sample any of the food (as Emily and I had a craving for Tommy’s, a great Cleveland Heights food establishment), but we did stop by the craft stands, purchasing some fabric-covered hair clips and picking up flyers for a gallery opening of a local printmaking artist that I plan to visit in June.

My favorite part of the festival may have been the children’s section, Harmony Park.  A make shift drum circle was set up there where adults and kids alike joined together to make “music” and embrace the festivals musical roots.  

The festival, its visitors and the street’s welcoming feel made this a great first festival of the summer season.  If staying in Cleveland I would love to someday live on Hessler Road and partake in the planning of this yearly celebration of one of Cleveland’s great hidden neighborhoods.  Even when moving on and away from my hometown, I plan to make the Hessler Street Fair an event I revisit in the years to come.

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