Mass yoga boosts police charity

Yoga enthusiasts can gather as a large collective group this month and help a great charity.

Yoga enthusiasts can gather as a large collective group this month and help a great charity.

The Vernon Mass Yoga Event takes place Sunday, Sept. 11, at Polson Park. Registration runs from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and yoga goes from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

All proceeds from the event go the Cops For Kids fundraiser, the main charity group of the RCMP.

“The event is open to anyone, even people with no yoga experience,” said organizer Lilliane Frechette, a Vernon RCMP officer and yoga teacher in training. “It will be instructed in a way that everyone can follow, and it’s just a fun opportunity, especially for those who haven’t done yoga before, to do it in a very relaxed atmosphere, and to support a great cause at the same time.”

Registration is $25 which can be done in person or online at vernonmassyogaevent.blogspot.com, and bring e-mail confirmation to the event as proof of purchase.

Yoga will run rain or shine near the band shell in the park.

“It will be neat to be in a big open space with everyone doing the same thing but everyone’s quiet,” said Frechette, who has been known to teach yoga classes on the rooftop of the Vernon police detachment for members and staff.

Draw prizes will include a weekend Mabel Lake yoga retreat from Crave Massage; three- and one-month passes from Trinity Yoga; a free evaluation donated by The Pilates Connection; one-night stay at Sparkling Hill Resort; and other prizes from Lululemon Athletica.

Parking is limited at Polson so organizers recommend those attending park in the downtown core.

The mass yoga fundraiser is sponsored by Trinity Yoga, Crave Massage, The Pilates Connection, Wayside Printing, The Morning Star, Sun-FM and Sparkling Hill Resort.