Heartsong Yoga to host 'Eye of the Storm' fund-raiser

EAST LONGMEADOW — Sheila and Tony Magalhaes, owners of Heartsong Yoga Center, 264 North Main St., and residents of East Longmeadow, were able to open the studio two days after the tornado on June 1 to host classes by candle light and flashlight, and by the morning of June 4, electricity was restored.

Other teachers from the studio were not so lucky, while everyone is safe and homes are intact, many live in neighbor-hoods that were devastated by the terrible storm. Students continue to come to class with stories, embodying the stress and anxiety of their experiences, and the whole community has been deeply affected.

"The Eye of the Storm" is Heartsong's offering to the community, to raise funds for the American Red Cross, still hard at work helping residents in Western Massachusetts to rebuild. On June 21 from 6 to 8 p.m., all are welcome to attend an evening of gentle yoga and deep relaxation, with free will donations being accepted for the event, which will be dedicated to those affected by the disaster.

The class will include a "Metta" or "Loving Kindness Meditation" a very gentle yoga practice (beginners are welcome) and a relaxation practice known as "Yoga Nidra," which has been widely used in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder for health and wellness. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this class will go to the Pioneer Valley Red Cross Chapter's Tornado Relief Fund.

In addition, Heartsong Yoga will collect nonperishable food donations for the Open Pantry, and these can be dropped off at any time through the week of June 21. All proceeds from Heartsong's four regular drop in classes on June 21 morning and evening, will also be donated to the relief fund.

For a full schedule of the evening's events, contact Heartsong Yoga at 525-0720 or visit its Web site located at www.heartsongyoga.com.

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