Jayne Jonas comes down from a skyward stretch as she leads yoga faithful through a series of poses at a by-donation class at Willows Beach. Oak Bay Recreation and Kool FM work together to offer the class in support of the ALS Cycle of Hope.

Get extra bendy with Willows yoga

Classes by donation to support the ALS Cycle of Hope

 

Despite the cold winds and threatening clouds, yoga dedicates showed up at Willows Beach on a Saturday to improve their practice and to support the ALS Cycle of Hope. Oak Bay Recreation

partnered with Kool FM to host a by-donation hour long class with three of Oak Bay’s yoga instructors.

 

Melissa Krieger, who’s taught yoga for nine years, started off the hour with some gentle stretching before moving into well-known favourites such as cat’s pose and downward dog. With a background in fitness, she said yoga was a much needed change to a slower pace.

Limbered up, Jayne Jonas took over. An instructor in the Iyengar tradition for the last 15 years, Jonas has personally experienced the benefits of yoga, coming to the practice after a neck injury, and she’s seen the mental and physical good it does her students.

“People gain very deep profound personal time with themselves, that they need,” she said.

Finishing up the beachside session was Tommi Boulter, who came to yoga through meditation, something she said normally happens the other way round. She’s been teaching gentle yoga for three years, and said that she tries to show people yoga can be for everybody, no matter their age or body type.

 

The yoga class was one of a series of 12 by-donation inter-municipal fitness classes sponsored by Kool FM throughout the year, with donations going to various charities.

 

The ALS Cycle of Hope aims to spread awareness about the disease and raise funds for both ALS BC/Yukon and ALS Canada, said Cindy Lister of the Cycle of Hope Society. Their goal this year is $50,000, with half earmarked to fund an ALS-specific wheelchair for BC patients. Donations are still being accepted.

And for those who missed it and would like to try out a yoga class, free sessions are offered every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Willows beach park until Aug. 26.

Just Posted

Oak Bay instructors teach free outdoor yoga classes at Willow Beach Park

Practise yoga for free Tuesdays at 6 p.m. all summer

Jurors talk about trial of U.S. man convicted in 1987 murders of Saanich couple

Three jurors offer a window into deliberations during the trial

Nanaimo man wanted Canada-wide after walking away from Victoria halfway house

Warrant issued for Jesse Goodale, convicted of aggravated assault

CRD holding off repairing Sooke Potholes viewing area after winter landslide

Area likely to experience continued failure of slope, officials say

Sixties Scoop settlement tour stops in Victoria

The information session takes place on July 24 at the Sandman Hotel

VIDEO: Missing teens named as suspects in three northern B.C. killings

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese, unknown man

POLL: Do you use a food delivery app?

With modern life becoming more hectic with each passing day and so… Continue reading

B.C. rail crossing death highlights risks for people in wheelchairs: watchdog

Transportation Safety Board points to ‘persistent risks faced by persons using assistive devices’

BC Cancer Agency refuses to release audit’s critical findings, but discloses ‘positive’ findings

Information and Privacy Commissioner asked to review redactions of cancer agency’s triage audit

B.C. teens wanted in double homicide, suspicious death spotted in Manitoba

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were thought to have been seen in the Gillam area

Countdown starts to 2020 BC Summer Games

Two flags unveiled at Maple Ridge city hall.

Memorial bench painted by Vancouver woman to stay in park for now

Park board to look at options for artistic enhancements on commemorative benches

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Weather Network’s anti-meat video ‘doesn’t reflect true story’: cattle ranchers

At issue is the video’s suggestion that cutting back on meat consumption could help save the planet

Most Read