The owner of Rushing Water Yoga, of Camas, and several of the studio’s other teachers are among the participants in this year’s “Yogathon,” to raise money for the “Living Yoga” program.
The non-profit outreach program teaches yoga as a tool for personal change in prisons, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers and transitional facilities. Classes are held at more than 15 sites, including Columbia River Correctional Institution, DePaul Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers for adults and teens, the Oregon State Penitentiary and Raphael House of Portland.
The participants from Rushing Water are among the 15 teams taking part in this year’s fund raiser.
“The studio is involved in the yogathon as part of our larger effort to make a connection between our yoga practices and supporting our community,” said Rushing Water owner and team chair Paul Cheek. “We have food drives for the Inter-Faith Treasure House every 12 weeks to support families in East Clark County, and we offer up to three benefit classes for the YWCA’s SafeChoice program every year.
“I consider it my responsibility to provide these options to the students and teachers of Rushing Water Yoga as a way to give back to our community,” he added. “Life is about selfless service and giving back. Living Yoga provides the great gift of yoga in under served communities for free. This is in the spirit of the practices of yoga in general and helps build a healthier community on all levels.”