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Did some yoga, did some good

Thank you to everyone who participated in and/or donated to Yoga Bear’s 1st annual Cleveland Yogapalooza this past weekend.  The event was a great success and I know we appreciated all of the support and look forward to a bigger and better event next year.  I wanted to post a quick overview of the event for those of you who did not attend, and also for those who did but wanted to read my lovely recap:

Cleveland’s 1st Annual Yogapalooza was a success!  Around 30 people joined Yoga Bear at Wade Oval for our day of wellness and yoga and overall the event raised $600 for the organization!  This money will go to help grow the Cleveland Chapter of Yoga Bear as it is still in its beginning stages in the city.  Get excited for more to come from Yoga Bear!

Cleveland Yogapalooza

 The weather was uncharacteristically beautiful for Cleveland and Wade Oval proved to be a wonderful backdrop for the event.  We raffled off eight great prize packages (thank you to everyone who donated!) and also were able to pass out water bottles and samples of granola from Kaia Foods.  Gaiam, Yogapolooza’s national sponsor, provided aluminum water bottles for the first 25 people to register and also gave away 4 yoga mats, some blocks and straps and yoga dvd’s (thank you again for sponsoring the event!).

Cleveland Yogapalooza

The variety of classes were wonderful and enjoyed by all attendees.  Laura Noss started off the day with a Jivamukti-style flow class set to music and even included a song from the late, great Michael Jackson.  Following Laura, was Fabienne Bernard who shared her Healing Yoga class with the participants.  Rounding out the day was Marcia Camino who lead a beautiful Hatha class to end the event.  I can confidently say that everyone enjoyed the variety of classes, the yoga under the trees and the company. 

In terms of coverage, we had a visit from Fox 8 Cleveland, but unfortunately I do not think it turned into any footage.  We did have placement in The Plain Dealer (online and in the Friday Magazine To Do section), The Chagrin Valley Times, and the Cleveland Coffee News.  The event was posted on cleveland.com, callandpost.com, and ohiomag.com.  Keep an eye out for some great pictures taken by Jess and I which will be posted on the Yoga Bear Flickr account soon! 

Namaste

Namaste

Overall I think it was a great first year for the event in Cleveland.  We successfully raised some money for the cause and increased awareness Yoga Bear’s presence in Cleveland with the general public and the Cleveland yoga community! Thank you everyone again and namaste!

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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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