Strike a Pose Against Hunger Jan. 12
Local Yoga Studios Raise Donations For Hungry Oklahomans
January 7, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY – Twelve yoga studios around Oklahoma City, Edmond and Norman are holding donation-based classes to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma through the second annual Strike a Pose for Hunger on Saturday, Jan. 12.
With one in six Oklahomans struggling with hunger every day, Martha McQuaid of Spirit House Yoga knew she wanted to do something to help. By combining her passion for charity with her love of yoga, she helped organize the “Strike a Pose for Hunger” event last year, and encouraged other yoga studios to offer donation based classes and give the proceeds to the Regional Food Bank.
“Spirit House Yoga has been doing donation based classes on Thanksgiving Day and New Years Day for nine years, with proceeds benefiting the Regional Food Bank,” said McQuaid. “I realized that we could make a bigger impact if the yoga community at large would do the same thing in kind, helping people in need and uniting the yoga community for a cause greater than ourselves. A great teacher, Neem Karoli Baba, instructed us to ‘Love all, feed all, serve all.’ I think this is such a beautiful and simple way to offer back to our community and to serve others.”
Participating studios include: Ashtanga Yoga Studio in Norman; Cadence Yoga; Free Spirit Yoga; Ignite Yoga; M+ Yoga; Namaste Yoga; Soul Yoga; Spirit House Yoga; 3rd Street Yoga in Edmond; Yoga Home of Therapeutics; Yoga Life in Norma; and Yoga Room.
Gifts to the Regional Food Bank can now help twice as many children struggling with hunger. Through January 15th, Chesapeake will match all donations made to the Regional Food Bank - up to $1 million! Last year, nearly $4,000 was raised for the Regional Food Bank through the event.
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a private, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that acts as a link through which the food industry and community may donate food and other goods. The products are then distributed to nearly 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2012, the Food Bank distributed 465 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Food Bank has distributed more than 462 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.