Namaste Miami - It's Yoga in the Grove

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Yogis are increasingly finding creative ways to move their practices from their mats into their communities. One stellar example in the Magic City is It's Yoga Miami, a 10 a.m. class offered Saturdays in Kennedy Park off South Bayshore Drive near Kirk Street in Coconut Grove. The class is free but a $10 donation is suggested.

The money goes to Camillus Health Concern, which runs Camillus House, the homeless shelter and service center for low-income residents.Started in November 2007, the project began with the vision to attract yoga newbies and project balance and unity in South Florida -- utterly admirable if unattainable goals. Since its start, the classes have attracted more than 400 yoga newcomers in its 800-plus participants. More than $5,000 has been raised in that time.

Such goodwill actions reveal yoga's potential to the larger community. It shows that practicing is not just about stretching and toning to complement a cardio workout but has the potential to reach beyond the sun salutations one does that day. When's the last time running on a treadmill or lifting weights has achieved that?

For more information on the classes, call 786-417-4450 or email vicmunoz@globalwealth.com or info@luanahervier.com.ar.

--Janine Zeitlin



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