Yoga fundraiser in Guelph aims to bring people together – Guelph

Yoga fundraiser in Guelph aims to bring people together - Guelph

Feel relaxed and stress free and help raise money for a local hospice.

The very first Guelph Yoga Fest will take place this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside Linamar Transportation at 700 Woodlawn Rd. w.

Event organizer Dr. Kirstie Griffiths, a local chiropractor and yoga teacher, said there hasn’t been much about yoga and that yoga is a way for people to get outside.

“We’ve lost a lot of community in the yoga world, especially in Guelph with a few studios that have closed,” Griffiths said. “My interest as a healthcare provider is how the isolation we’ve experienced has contributed to health problems.”

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Many people do yoga as a way to relieve pain and stress.

“I found my 12-week participation… the perfect way to re-establish my yoga practice,” said Nicole Hogg, a Griffiths client. “Not only did it help heal past injuries, it gave me the confidence to hit the mat again on a consistent basis.”

Guelph Yoga Fest will feature classes taught by yoga instructors from across the city, plus other activities.

“We have everything from chiropractic care to acupuncture, plus mental health care and stretching therapy,” Griffiths said. “There will also be some vendors on site who will sell health and wellness products.”

More than $6,000 in prizes have been donated by local businesses. These prizes will be raffled and the proceeds will go to Hospice Wellington.

Griffiths said it is an organization close to her heart.

“Many of my patients have lost loved ones over the years,” Griffiths says. “It was incredible to see the work that (Hospice Wellington) was doing in this community to support people through their grief and loss.”

Limited places are available. For more information and to sign up, visit the Guelph Yoga Fest website.

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