Press: Sixth Annual Virginia Yoga Week – June 9-16, 2013

Virginia Yoga Week- Creating CommUnity through a Mala of Events Sharing Yoga
and Promoting Wellness

By Danielle Probst
June 6, 2013

Alexandria,VA- The sixth annual Virginia Yoga Week (VYW) will take place from June 9-16, offering people of all ages and fitness levels a variety of free and $5 classes with the opportunity to raise funds
for local and national charities. From Alexandria to Reston, Leesburg to Vienna, the public will have a chance to sample yoga classes from different traditions and styles. Virginia Yoga Week offers
something for everyone.

“Virginia Yoga Week was founded six years ago to unite Yoga Studios and Independent Teachers in a state-wide effort to promote the benefits of yoga for mind, body and spirit. We foster community involvement and a pay-it-forward attitude through the Virginia Yoga Week Karma Project, benefiting those in need.” states VYW founder Margaret Townsend. “The positive energy generated through our efforts resonates throughout the other 51 weeks of the year as we create good karma throughout the Commonwealth.”

Donation – based Karma classes promote the yoga of selfless service. Supported charities are The Carpenter’s Shelter, Dogs XL Rescue, The Exalted Warrior Foundation, King Street Cats, Reston InterFaith, Yoga Gives Back and Yoga on the Steps-Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Virginia Yoga Week 2013 is presented by Yogis for Positive Change and the Virginia Yoga Community. The week’s events are made possible by the sponsorship of East Meets West Yoga Center, Skopp Chiropractic Center, Beloved Yoga, the Old Town North Community Partnership and River’s Edge Yoga.

More about Virginia Yoga Week
“Yoga is so universal in its principles and so holistically beneficial, it is possible for any person, young or old, to embrace and enjoy this practice. Yoga heals, nourishes and challenges us. Virginia Yoga Week is a beautiful opportunity for the Community to gather in celebration of a healthy and happy life!” Dawn Curtis , East Meets West Yoga Center. ” I love the chance to work together with other studios to promote yoga in our area.”

Highlights of Virginia Yoga Week include:
Love Your Body Day in Reston, VA
Virginia Yoga Week officially opens on June 9th with Love Your Body Yoga and Wellness Day, from 10am-3pm this family friendly free festival features yoga, live music, massage, food samples unique vendors and a Food Drive to benefit both humans and animals. Proceeds from the day will benefit Reston InterFaith.

Yoga on the Steps in Washington DC
Yogis will gather on June 13th at the Washington Monument (Northeast quadrant) at 14th and Constitution Ave Washington DC 200024 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm for Yoga, Kirtan and a Wellness Expo. Proceeds will benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

Free Yoga in The Fresh Air in Alexandria, VA
The week draws to a close on Sunday, June 16th 3:00-5:00 pm with Free Yoga in the Fresh Air in Old Town Alexandria’s Montgomery Park, one block from the Potomac River waterfront. Free Yoga in the Fresh Air will feature belly dance performances, DOGA, Kids Yoga, chanting, and a food drive for both humans and animals. Prizes will be drawn at a raffle and the proceeds will benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Yoga Gives Back, RestonInterFaith and the Carpenters Shelter.

More about Yogis for Positive Change
Yogis for Positive Change (Y+ C) was founded by Margaret Townsend, owner of River’s Edge Yoga in Old Town Alexandria’s thriving North End, in 2005. The mission of Yogis for Positive Change is to foster a sense of cooperation, promote community service and advocacy and to create societal change via the yoga community. Through the Karma Project, Y+C works to raise funds and awareness for those in need. Visit us at

VYW2013 beneficiaries, supporters, friends and community members as well as the full Virginia Yoga Week class and event schedule can be found at the VYW website. “Like” us on Facebook at and spread the word. Follow us on Twitter@vayogaweek or via the hashtag #vyw2013.

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