This Sunday, June 21, is the very first International Day of Yoga and I’m celebrating it with the wonderful team behind SIFCare!
SIFCare (Science of Identity Foundation Community Assistance for Responsible Existence) is the humanitarian arm of a non-profit organization named Science of Identity Foundation. SIFCare supports several different causes. Two of my favorites being CURMA (Coastal Underwater Resources Marine Action), which involves marine conservation specifically for Pawikans and GoPalakas which is a feeding and recreational program for children. What’s good about them is that they also conduct what they call SIYAM or Seminars Immersions Yoga Arts Meditation in different areas of the country, using yoga as a tool to unite people and sharing the beautiful practice to those who are unfamiliar with it.
SIFCare is organizing simulataneous events this Sunday. The celebration will take place in La Union, Cavite, Bohol and of course, Manila. This is why when SIFCare first reached out to me, I knew I had to say yes. So, on Sunday at the Makati Shangri La Hotel, we are coming together to celebrate the International Day of Yoga—an event first declared by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2014. There will be Yoga Asana Classes, Pranyama (breathing) and meditation exercises, and others including talks on yoga and living a healthy lifestyle. Oh, and the SIFCare team will definitely fuel us with fresh, healthy food so be sure to stop by!
I will be there to give a talk entitled Yoga in Today’s Fitness-Focused Society and to lead an open-level, fun, yet challenging asana class. There will be two batches so make sure you sign up for the first one which starts at 9:30AM or maybe even both (second one at 1:30PM)! The event will be held at the 3F Health Club Patio of the Makati Shangri La Hotel.
Please take note that for you to attend my class, the following are NOT required:
- Prior experience in yoga
- Flexibility (not being able to touch your toes gives me something to work on and I like that!)
- Certain body weight, measurements or height (heard this a lot but not sure where they come from)
- Background in fitness, calisthenics, contortion, acrobatics, etc. :p
What I do ask that you bring with you are:
- Your yoga mat
- An open mind
- A receptive heart
- A body capable of any amount of movement. Any amount will do for as long as you are willing to step on the mat and practice.
Bring family and friends—it’s the perfect time for us to come as one, not just for ourselves but for everyone else with whom we share our planet with. I am going because I strongly support SIFCare’s causes, I hope you are with us as well.
Registration is FREE but you’d have to reserve your slots by signing up HERE.
To find out more about SIFCare, visit their website at www.SIFCare.org or get updates on the event through their Facebook fanpage or Instagram account.
Can’t make it to the event on Sunday? Sign up as a volunteer and join one of their future events instead!
I’ll keep you guys posted through Instagram too so make sure you’re following me @nkitorres. Holler at me in the comments or through email if you have questions. I would love to answer all of them to make sure you guys come through. See you on Sunday! x