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Birmingham’s yoga community comes together to celebrate National Yoga Month

Events throughout September will focus on peace, service and community

Birmingham, AL - Over 200 people are expected to gather at Vulcan Park and Museum on Saturday, September 22, to mark the culmination of National Yoga Month at the 6th annual Global Mala Yoga for Peace Project. This free event brings together the community to join in the moving meditation of 108 sun salutations while raising awareness for world peace, community wellness and the power of selfless service. Global Mala is an international event that calls upon the symbol of the mala, a garland constructed of 108 beads that is used during meditation, to signify the power a group can harness when individual intentions are each linked for the same cause.

The event is presented by Sweet Om Alabama, a community service collective of yoga teachers, yoga students and yoga studio owners whose mission it is to unite yoga practitioners in service for the greater good and to bring the benefits of yoga to those in the community that might not have access to them due to location, income or accessibility. This year, Sweet Om Alabama will devote this practice of service to Alabama Possible (www.alabamapossible.org) to aid their mission to provide leadership in poverty education that will result in the elimination of poverty throughout the state.

The Alabama Poverty Project (APP) is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing systemic poverty and its root causes across Alabama. APP educates Alabamians about poverty, motivates colleges and faith-based institutions to engage in poverty-reduction activities and advocates for fact-based policy decisions. APP was founded in 1993 and is based in Birmingham, AL. For more information visit www.alabamapossible.org.

Leading up to Global Mala, local yoga teachers and studios will host special events to celebrate National Yoga Month and to raise awareness and funding for Sweet Om Alabama and Alabama Possible. For a complete list of events, visit www.sweetomalabama.org

Event details:

Global Mala Yoga for Peace Project presented by Sweet Om Alabama
Saturday, September 22, 8:00 – 10:00am
FREE, donations accepted, benefitting Sweet Om Alabama and Alabama Possible
Vulcan Park and Museum
108 Sun Salutations plus kids activities
No experience necessary. Bring a yoga mat and water, or just come sit on the lawn and enjoy the energy.
Rain or shine.

Look for many articles to come featuring local studios, teachers, and events!

Laurie M. Knight used the official press release for this announcement, written by Annie Damsky of Villager Yoga, with the Alabama Possible official description added by Kristina Scott. Stay tuned yogis!

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