Five years ago, a group of recent graduates from Simon Low’s leading yoga teacher training school, The Yoga Academy, decided that they would come together to throw a garden party to raise funds and awareness for The Hope Foundation, a charity providing for the street and slum children of Kolkata, India.
What started out as a hundred people in a back garden in Wimbledon has now become of the most popular yoga events in the UK and has raised over £35,000 for HOPE. This money has been used across several of HOPE’s projects, including helping fund children’s protection centres, providing education and yoga classes to the children in HOPE’s care, an anti-trafficking project and a hospice for those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
HOPE’s work is invaluable, by bringing the street and slum children of Kolkata out of the cycle of poverty and despair through their homes, healthcare, education and training, HOPE creates brighter futures and happier lives. The Yoga Garden Party is a direct way for the UK yoga community to come together to give something back to the country that gave us yoga.
There is a wide range of classes on offer this year from Ashtanga yoga to Face yoga from Qi Gong to Yoga Nidra and classes with some of the UK’s best loved yoga teachers including Simon Low, Bridget Woods-Kramer, John Scott, Francoise Freedman, Graham Burns, Mimi Kuo-Deemer, Gary Carter, Naomi Absalom and many more.
The Yoga Garden Party makes for a great day out for the whole family, yogis and non-yogis alike, with delicious food and drink, live music and plenty of fun stuff for kids too including yoga and crafts. A whole host of wellbeing treatments will be on offer, including Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Facials, Bowen, Reiki and Thai Yoga Massage. The Yoga Garden Party will take place this year on Saturday 1st August at Commonwork, near Sevenoaks in Kent, from 11am – 6pm.
Tickets are £25 per person, children under 16 go free. To book tickets and for all information, visit charityyogaday.org.uk