Yoga Day 2013. Courtesy of Yoga Day.

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Brackenridge Park will open its lawn and space to a morning of health and wellness as Yoga Day takes on another year. The nonprofit organization, Yoga Day, promotes their morning of yoga as a way to raise money for free yoga programs offered through out the city of San Antonio.

“I started yoga six years ago for free in Acapulco, Mexico and received free yoga instructor training by the person who invited me to my first yoga class,” said Carlos Gomez, director of Yoga Day. “I want to pass along what I got for free to those who cannot afford to come to a studio.”

Last year’s Yoga day was able to raise enough funds from the more than 300 attendees to send about 1,300 individuals to yoga classes across San Antonio at elementary schools, hospitals and senior centers.

More than 300 people practiced yoga during Yoga Day 2013 at Brackenridge Park. Courtesy of Yoga Day.
More than 300 people practiced yoga during Yoga Day 2013 at Brackenridge Park. Courtesy of Yoga Day.

Yoga Day strongly communicates that all of the offered activities are designed for everyone, including all ages and all traditions. Select classes will not only be taught in English but partially in Spanish.

There is not a focus on one specific style of yoga. Instead, the gathering gladly welcomes any and all types – after all, they are trying to accomplish the same thing.

The activities will include one main class which teaches the type of yoga similar to those all studios teach, a kids specific yoga class which will send home each child with an art project they made and a yoga class aimed at the elder and those with physical disabilities who can do the same yoga that many do standing, but rather on chairs.

The morning will not only offer sunny skies and yoga, but will feature fresh juices from Crave Market.

“I was asked to participate because food is 80 percent of health and wellness,” said Elizabeth Johnson, a member of the Crave Juice team.

Yoga for the whole family at Woolawn Lake Park during Yoga Day 2013. Courtesy Yoga Day.
Yoga for the whole family at Woolawn Lake Park during Yoga Day 2013. Courtesy Yoga Day.

Johnson said that yoga is about the body, mind, and spirit, which greatly transcends with her juice company. Her juices are not only inspired by local food and produce, but are used as culinary medicine to promote that one must understand that each ingredient has various uses and that all of the ingredient can be put to use.

One of the many natural ingredients used in Crave Juice is an apple which has the power to hydrate, revive and cleanse the digestive tract.

Johnson explained, “Using all of the product, instead of trashing what wasn’t used is a deep and profound concept.”

The morning offerings of health and wellness will kick off at 8:30 a.m and end at 11 a.m Saturday, June 7 by the Tony “Skipper Martinez” softball field.

*Featured/top image: Yoga Day 2013. Courtesy of Yoga Day.

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Brooke Ramos

Brooke Ramos is a summer intern at the Rivard Report and attends Arizona State University with a major in journalism. She was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas.