A crowdfunding campaign that calls upon people to get back into healthy routines while hoping to make well-being even more accessible to Hong Kong’s most vulnerable, has just been launched by the YAMA Foundation, a non-profit organisation uniquely dedicated to delivering yoga and expressive arts therapies to under-resourced communities in Hong Kong.

Also known as the “Back to the Mat” campaign, a series of yoga classes will be held from 16 September 2023 to 31 October 2023 by a team of experienced yoga teachers in town. With the goal of raising HK$888,000 towards the end of the campaign, the funds will enable YAMA Foundation to deliver up to 1,800 accessible therapeutic yoga and expressive arts classes to different communities in Hong Kong, including people with disabilities and special needs, people living in poverty, and those who have been struggling with mental illnesses.

To kickstart the campaign, a Sun Salutation Marathon will take place on 16 September 2023 at the newly opened Quarryside community event space, where yoga enthusiasts will flow through a traditional yoga sequence in multiple cycles as a form of moving meditation. All are invited and by coming together, a more inclusive and compassionate society where individuals of all abilities would have access to the life-enhancing benefits of yoga can be co-created.

16 September 2023 (3:30 pm – 5:30 pm)  Yoga, Art & Wine TastingClick Here
23 September 2023 and 14 October 2023 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)  Yoga & Thai CookingClick Here
24 September 2023 (11:30 am – 12:30 pm)Monochord Sound HealingClick Here
24 September 2023 (2:30 pm – 3:30 pm)  Deep Yin with Yoko & Classical Hatha with TeeClick Here
25 September 2023 (7:00 pm – 8:00 pm)  Kirtan (Mantra Chanting)Click Here
1 October 2023 (9:15 am – 10:30 am)  108 Sun Salutations with Leah MelwaniClick Here
8 October 2023 (9:00 am – 9:45 am)  Online Family Yoga with MenkaClick Here
22 October 2023 (9:00 pm – 10:00 pm)  40’s Around the Sun SalutationClicke Here
26 October 2023 (10:50 am – 12:10 pm)  Yoga Nidra with Sound Healing with Pacsy LamClick Here

More details of the event can be found here: https://www.yamahk.org/backtothemat
To donate to YAMA Foundation, please visit this page: https://www.yamahk.org/en/donate-1

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