The Alberni Valley’s yoga community is rallying for one of its own this weekend.
Numerous practitioners are offering sessions or classes this Sunday, Feb. 11 to help raise funds for Kama Money, who is undergoing treatment for stage IV colon cancer.
Money started practicing yoga during the coronavirus pandemic: she was looking for a way to keep healthy both physically and mentally during lockdown, and discovered tantric yoga. It was something she had always wanted to try.
“Yoga training used to be face to face, but I was a single mom and I couldn’t do that,” she said. “With the pandemic, yoga training went online.” She found a basic yoga training program through Anuttara Ashram in Terrace.
Tantric yoga connects mind and body, and “it was created for householders,” she added. She loved learning it so much that she took further training and has taught trauma-informed yoga to others, including students at Alberni District Secondary School.
The yoga training, meditation and other healthy practices she implemented in her life back then have taken a front seat this year as Money continues on a healing journey following her cancer diagnosis last summer.
Several of Money’s friends and supporters have organized YogaFest, which will feature sessions such as Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa and Gentle Flow Yoga, slow and low mindfulness yoga, sound bathing and embodied dance. Rebekah McMaster is offering acupuncture and Rebecca Cameron of Cloud Nine is fully booked for facials and scalp massages. All services were offered by donation.
Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mats. Some of the sessions are already fully booked. Proceeds will go to Money to help pay for costs of some treatments that aren’t covered by provincial health care.
A raffle table with prizes such as an original painting by Guy Langlois, free sessions from some of the practitioners, gift cards and a handmade quilt by Diane Best will be featured. There is no need to be registered in a class to purchase raffle tickets.
YogaFest for Kama Money takes place Sunday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Alberni Toyota (2555 Alberni Highway). To sign up for some of the sessions, go online to https://wwwalberniautogroupcom.simplybook.me/v2/#. Follow the discussion on the “Yoga Fest for Kama Money” event page at facebook.com. For more information, email email@example.com.