With diabetes and obesity statistics on the rise across the nation, more outreach is being done to help people get on the path to healthy living.
This coming weekend two organizations have teamed up to sponsor the “Together We Yoga on the Fitness Court” event along The Marina Green in San Francisco's popular Marina District.
Fit Approach - a community-based health and fitness group has joined forces with The National Fitness Campaign. This inaugural event seeks to raise further awareness for a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. Supporters and sponsors hope this event will grow and will become part of the community, making it an annual gathering.
'Together We Yoga on the Fitness Court' event blends fitness, fun, and community by providing local residents and neighbors with access to the best yoga teachers in town plus the best local healthy eats, drinks, and fitness apparel that San Francisco has to offer. For the first time ever, hundreds of yogis will have the opportunity to experience NFC’s new, outdoor Fitness Court, which serves as a community platform for large-scale health and fitness engagement programs and fitness education by NFC’s ambassadors.
"We're super excited to bring our passion for outdoor yoga to San Francisco," said Jamie Walker, founder of FitApproach.com. "With the help of the National Fitness Campaign, we're able to bring experienced yogis, first timers, and everyone in between to experience the joy of yoga in one of the most beautiful locations in San Francisco.”
The practice of Yoga in various forms can be traced back 5,000 years it was brought westward to the United States and Canada by Swami Vivekananda in the 19th Century. First seen as something exotic and a novelty, over the years Yoga has continued to grow. Perhaps first considered more like a rare and eccentric exercise for those attracted to the "mystical," yoga has gained a foothold in the mainstream of society. No longer an elite practice for "spiritual path" seekers, movie stars and rock bands, yoga has been embraced by many in one form or another. And, as Yoga Journal Magazine points out since 2003 the number of people attending some form of yoga class or group has grown to more than 15 million.
Some say that one of the reasons yoga has gained more acceptance is its simplicity and flexibility. No equipment is required, only a mat or towel. And when guided by an experienced instructor those who attend yoga classes find support and assistance in the practice which helps people stay on track and meet their health and fitness goals.
“Events like Together We Yoga on the Fitness Court showcase the exciting and new outdoor fitness platform that is now available to our partners, at no cost, as part of NFC’s community programs. We are thrilled to be part of this great event,” commented Mitch Menaged, NFC director and founder. “The Fitness Court features fun group events, like yoga, and is also a platform for cross training and circuit training," he said.
"The Fitness Court is designed to use your body weight on the progressive '7-station fitness system' to build strength, balance and flexibility," he added.
While the 'Together We Yoga' is not the very first event for NFC, Menaged and his team hope to build more partnerships to further advance this type of fitness outreach to many communities.
Together We Yoga on the Fitness Court will consist of an opening keynote on relationships and yoga from local Bravo TV star, Emily Morse, from the hit show "Miss Advised," followed by an all-levels yoga class taught by Fit Approach founder Jamie Walker and assisted by local yogis.
After class, participants can show off their skills and win prizes by participating in balance contests in several categories. All Together We Yoga on the Fitness Court participants will also receive a free event t-shirt and tote bag chock full of healthy goodies.
Together We Yoga on the Fitness Court will also host a healthy food and products expo, showcasing the best the Bay Area has to offer. The array of amazing vendors at the expo includes Awesome Bars, Balance Box, Kind Bars, Purity Organics, Attune Foods, Beaming with Health, Rebootizer, and Tisano, among others.
For more information, a complete list of those involved, or to sign up, please visit the web site for more info. Tickets are currently $10 for participants and $5 for students.