Do Something. Those are two words that each of us have heard again and again, but sometimes they are hard to put them into action because of how busy life can be.
Stacey McLaughlin, John McLaughlin and Steve Watkins decided that they were ready to make a difference in the Fredericksburg area through yoga.
Almost two years ago, they came together to form the 501(c)3 – Yoga Foundation of Fredericksburg where the core of their mission is for everyone to have access to yoga through studio space and also to share yoga throughout the community.
“Yoga Foundation of Fredericksburg (YOFO) is a non-profit yoga studio based in downtown Fredericksburg. We offer donation based classes ($5 to $10 suggested donation) at our studio and at various area venues. Your donations help YOFO fund free yoga classes for the underserved community.
YOFO grew out of a vision of Stacey and John McLaughlin and Steve Watkins, born out of their love for yoga and for their community of Fredericksburg. These three friends have personally benefited from yoga and wanted to offer these benefits to their entire community, especially to those most in need.
The Yoga Foundation of Fredericksburg provides free yoga classes for seniors, adults, children and teens, especially those who are unable to get to or afford a private yoga studio. We work with children who are at-risk or who have special needs. We also provide free family- and wellness classes for special populations such as military families and trauma victims. Over the past two years we have taught hundreds of free classes at the juvenile detention center, at a school for emotionally disturbed children and teens, at area pre-schools and early elementary schools, and at a halfway house for teen offenders, among others. We have also taught hundreds of free family yoga classes, and classes for military members and veterans and their families.
At our YOFO studio we offer a variety of hot and regular yoga classes on a donation basis. Suggested donation for these classes is $5 to $10 based on one’s ability to pay. These donations will be used to pay studio expenses, support our yoga teachers, and cover the costs of free classes in the community.
We share the belief held by many that yoga can be transformational–helping create connections and balance between mind, body, and breath: healing and strengthening individuals and in turn whole communities–which is why we are working to make yoga accessible and affordable to people of all abilities throughout the Fredericksburg area” – YOFO website
YOFO not only has their regularly scheduled classes but they are constantly in the community holding classes at unique sites.
One upcoming Yoga Class will be held on February 24 from 9:30 – 10:30 am at the Red Dragon Brewery.
Another class being held at YOFO will focus on “Detox From the Inside Out” on March 24.
Call the studio to find out more about these events and others.
Photo from YOFO Facebook
Check out the YOFO website for the daily class schedule and for different events they are offering.
Thanks YOFO for providing a way for ALL in our community to experience yoga, mindfulness and more!!! YOU are making a difference!!!
Visit their studio at:
1403 Franklin St.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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