By Kim O'Leary
This weekend six yoga teachers in Kildare are going to hold a Yoga Day in aid of ActionAid’s programme in Nepal.
Funds are being raised to go towards building a new Early Childhood Development Centre in rural Nepal. By focusing on the early education of young children living in Nepal ActionAid hopes to change these children’s lives for the better.
Siobhán McGee, CEO of ActionAid in Ireland said: “ActionAid’s Yoga Day is now in its third year, and we are very grateful to the students and teachers who have taken part to-date.
“Yoga emerged as a practice in the Himalayas over 5,000 years ago and we think there is something very special about teachers in Ireland using their practice to help rebuild communities and change the lives of children in the region 5,000 years later.”
ActionAid has been working in the region of Nepal for over 30 years and their local team were some of the first respondents after the devastating earthquake in 2015. The first Yoga Day took place in 2015 to fund ActionAid’s response to the humanitarian disaster and in 2016 a second Yoga Day took place to raise money to build a Child Care Centre.
Over 40 teachers are expected to take part over the weekend, which comes just after interventional yoga day. In Kildare yoga teachers Catriona McCormack of Yoga Ireland Kevin O’Loughlin of The Healthy Way, Kevin of The Healthy Living Centre,Ger Kinane of Breathing Place Yoga and Physical Theraphy, Gillian Murdiff of Studio 3 Naas and Emma of Vitality Yoga are holding classes in aid of Nepal.
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