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We made a Wish happen...

the power of yoga to bring joy to a Make A Wish child, Ryan

On Sunday,  in a room full of compassion and giving, we laid down our mats down for a 3 hour yoga practice for the Make A Wish Foundation.  Our hearts joined together, as we dedicated our practice to Ryan, a five year old boy with a terminal illness.  He had a wish to Disney World with his family, which was granted by the over $15,000 that we raised for this event.

The Make a Wish Foundation's mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This past Sunday, over 50 yogis experienced what it felt like to give back and make a difference by helping Ryan fulfill his dream.

Although I can't speak for all participants, it was a powerful experience for me to help not only Ryan, but his family enjoy a week together, living their lives through their son Ryan's joy.  In its second year and growing, the Yogathon was the brainchild of Neva Goldstein, a local, vibrant yoga teacher who provides a creative energy to our community. The link is still open until next week if you would like to donate, either through my page or though the Make A Wish Foundation.

I am looking forward to next year's Yogathon and truly hope that others will participate in this community driven experience of true love and hope.

Namaste

Elisha Fernandes Simpson CKYT, RYT, aka laughing heart yoga  teaches family, mommy and me  (newborn to pre-walkers) and kids (ages 8 -18) yoga. Become a friend on Facebook's laughing heart yoga page. Tweet her at ElishaLHY or just use good ol’ email: info@laughingheartyoga.com

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