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Summer yoga program proceeds go to local suicide prevention

Yoga in the Park, the donation-based community yoga program in Eagle, recently concluded its 10th season.
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EAGLE — Yoga participants who attended sessions for the 10th annual Eagle Yoga in the Park program contributed $3,600 to local suicide prevention efforts.

According to organizer Yvonne Schwartz of Yoga Off Broadway, around 100 people gathered each Sunday from June through August for Yoga in the Park at Eagle Town Park. The program collects donations for a specified cause and this summer’s recipient was Speak Up Reach Out, a local nonprofit that provides free services for suicide prevention and positive mental health awareness through training, monthly yoga classes, online resources and more.

“This winter Yoga Off Broadway was one of the yoga studios that hosted the free community classes for Speak Up Reach Out, so it was a great catalyst for looking at how we could give more to our community and to this organization,” Schwartz said. “Yoga is such an excellent way to reduce stress, gain positive coping skills, and connect with our community it seemed like a great fit to get new people involved in a setting that is a little less traditional than a yoga studio.”

Last week Schwartz presented the $3,600 Yoga in the Park donations check to Speak Up Reach Out Program Director Molly Fiore. She noted it was the highest donation yet from the summer program. Previous recipients have included The Cycle Effect, Eagle Valley Humane Society, Fresh Approach and Eagle County Special Olympics. 

Even though the summer yoga program is done for the year, Schwartz said her Eagle yoga studio will continue its partnership with Speak Up Reach Out. On Friday, Sept. 6, Yoga of Broadway will host Unwiden and Let Go — a free community yoga class for positive mental health. The session is planned from 6 to 7:30 p.m. On World Mental Health Day — Thursday, Oct. 10 — the studio will host free yoga with Yoga+Beats at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle.

A full schedule of event details can be found at http://www.yogaoffbroadway.com)