Getting Zen for a cause

Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley will host the fourth annual ‘Yoga For Wishes’ benefit from 9:30 am to 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23 at The Garrison in Garrison.

 

All proceeds from the Yoga-thon will help the Make-A-Wish chapter fulfill its mission of granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. The chapter is working on more than 165 pending wishes with the average cost of a wish ranging between $7,500 and $10,000.

 

Participants will be asked to solicit donations from family and friends before the event to support their efforts, which will culminate in a three-hour yoga experience, taught by two masters – Neva Goldstein and Lela Damico of Cortlandt Manor.   The class is appropriate for all levels of students with a combination of moderately active and restorative poses, including a mid-session break.

 

More important, doing downward dog, the sun salutation or tree pose takes on new meaning when you realize that it also lifts the spirits of others.

 

“The process of having a wish granted gives these children something to look forward to – giving them a sense of hope, and the strength they need to fight the battle they are faced with,” Goldstein says. “A wish gives them something to focus on outside the world of medicine, doctors and hospitals, allowing them to enjoy being children again.”

 

Last year more than 45 people participated in the benefit and helped raise more than $20,000.

 

To register as a participant or become a sponsor (“Sponsorship Opportunities”), visit yogaforwishes2014.kintera.org. – Frank Pagani

 

Read Frank’s profile of Houlihan Lawrence’s major players in WAG’s December “Power Brokers” issue.

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