Downtown Yoga Studio Expands Community Outreach
FREDERICKSBURG, VA (November 10, 2015) – Building off two years of donating to local non-profits, and offering free and discounted yoga classes to specialized populations, Dragonfly Yoga Studio is expanding their outreach with the Dragonfly Community Donation Program.
This month Dragonfly is partnering with Agora Downtown Coffee House on a fundraiser for Micah Ecumenical Ministries, a hospitality and shelter program for Fredericksburg’s homeless population. Dragonfly is donating shirts, towels, and other goods as raffle items that yoga students give $1 to win. All monetary donations are given directly to Micah.
“Partnering with other small businesses to generate awareness and funds for our community’s homeless men and women is a direct reflection of our mission to enrich and enhance the Fredericksburg community,” says Kit McFarland, owner of Dragonfly Yoga Studio. “Further, this fundraiser kicks off our Dragonfly Community Donation Program where each month we highlight one local charity--fundraising for and donating money and services to them.”
Further in this spirit, Dragonfly has begun providing Yoga to Seniors at Spring Arbor of Fredericksburg, a residential assisted living and Alzheimer’s care facility. Once a week a Dragonfly instructor teaches yoga and breathing techniques to two groups of seniors and some of their caretakers.
“The intention of Yoga for Seniors is to help residents reduce their stress and anxiety, be more fully present, and maintain physical mobility,” says McFarland. “The class developed organically, a regular yoga student asked us to reach out to Spring Arbor, where her mother resides, so she and the other residents could enjoy the benefits of yoga.”
Since opening in October 2013, Dragonfly has provided free and donation-based classes to families of young children, service men and women, Girl Scout troops, and other groups. At Ease Warriors is a free weekly class for veterans, retired, active-duty, and reserved service men and women and their families. This class meets every Tuesday at 7:00pm at Dragonfly.
The class instructor, Becca Childress, is a veteran herself and a member of Team RWB. “Over a year ago we began offering free classes to active duty, veterans and their family members,” says Childress. “Yoga is a way to care for veterans - body, mind and spirit, and many have found a ‘family’ and community within yoga.”
Dragonfly Yoga Studio offers over 35 weekly Beginner, Intermediate, and Power yoga classes to children and adults in all life stages. Specialty classes include Hot Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Teen Yoga.
“Practicing at Dragonfly Yoga Studio contributes towards a healthier and more peaceful community, through the Dragonfly Community Donation Program and our offerings to specialized populations,” says McFarland.