Helen Morgan, with Yoga Alliance of Red Deer, and Bailey Martineau, with FitSproutz, hosted sessions during the fifth annual yogathon. Contributed photo

Fifth annual Yogathon delivers its message virtually

Event was hosted by the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre

While there were a few glitches during the first virtual yogathon, the event was a success nonetheless, say representatives from the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre.

“It’s been full of challenges, as it’s our first virtual event. But we’ve had over 120 registered, which is good,” event co-ordinator Leslee Burton said.

The fifth annual yogathon was hosted Saturday, but the event was held virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event featured two streams of yoga and yoga-related sessions, which taught a variety of styles led by seven instructors. The yogathon also had short fitness demonstrations and a virtual wellness trade show.

Patricia Arango, the support centre’s executive director, said the event celebrates 35 years of prevention and education services in the community, and marks Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

“We want to involve people in self-care and self-respect. That’s one of the biggest and most important things,” Arango said.

“I’m very pleased with the participation and people supporting the idea.”

Arango said they weren’t sure how successful the event was going to be when they announced its launch in late-April.

“It was pretty difficult to predict, because this was the first time we were doing a virtual event. In the past, when we did it in person, we had a very good response. But this time, it was kind of a guess going in.”


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