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Reasons to Love Canadian Yogis #81: Vancouver Yogathon Inspires, Raises Money for HIV/AIDS

in Events, Public Display of Yoga, YD News, Yoga Heroes

yogathon_vancouver_071109There are lots of great ‘-athons’ out there, and sure you do yoga, but do you yogathon? Vancouver knows what we’re talking ’bout. This past weekend, 2,000 yogis turned out for the 8th annual Camp Moomba Yogathon & Blissfest to help raise funds for children living with HIV/AIDS. That’s two thousand people! Including the ‘couv’s mayor Gregor Robertson who officially declared Saturday, July 11, 2009 as “Yoga Day”.

And once again we yanks have further reason to move to Canada, where event founder Eoin Finn says “yoga studios are almost as plentiful as coffee shops.” Yoga and coffee shop abundance: sounds like heaven to us (so long as they all have soy milk, obvs).

“This Yogathon is about finding that balance between our personal desires and how we can impact the larger web of life,” said Finn addressing the sea of yogsters. “Yoga allows us to achieve a more balanced, cohesive state, by which we can positively and effectively impact the larger environment around us.”

And indeed the yogis were out in droves to practice positivity in unison for a 108-minute yoga session. A total of 1,600 adults and kids (see pic above) linked their breath to raise over CAD $81,000, paying the way for 109 Canadian children affected by HIV to attend summer camp this year. It’s marvelous really.

Besides yoga, the ‘Blissfest’ portion featured a sustainability fair, music, a picnic and other fun things responsible and eco-friendly community fair organizers can put together when they actually care. Not bad for 20 bucks.

Read a complete review of the festivities over at YD pal elephantjournal.com (photo cred ele)

Be inspired.

Camp Moomba Yogathon & Blissfest

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