Yoga in the park to benefit GetFed

Published 7:00 pm Thursday, June 4, 2020

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When yoga instructor Kristina Moore saw the death of Minneapolis, Minnesota, George Floyd, and protests begin, she knew she had to do something.

“I wanted to be help make a change and do something,” Moore said. “But I didn’t know what to do. After going to the protest and listening to the Facebook Live forum the next day, I was so impressed with Quay Boddie.”

Quay is the founder of a non-profit organization, GetFed. His organization is making a difference in the lives of children and families in Troup County and surrounding cities by feeding the homeless and less fortunate.

Moore said as a result she decided to host a community yoga event to benefit GetFed on June 13 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

“I am going to host a yoga practice in the big field behind The Thread entrance behind St. Marks church,” Moore said. “Whatever donation I make, I can give it to them.”

Not only does Moore hope to raise money for GetFed, but she also hopes to bring the community together.

“This could help bridge a gap,” Moore said. “The word yoga literally translates to union. Let us come together as a community, all walks of life, all ages, all fitness levels, all ethnicities, for an hour of peaceful union. We will breathe and stretch and be motivated and hopefully walk away with new friendships.”

Moore said she hopes that Boddie will also give a motivational speech to power up the crowd before the yoga session.

No yoga experience is required and no equipment is required. The following items are suggestions to bring: towel — yoga mat, athletic shoes, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and water.

Participants will also be asked to spread out six feet apart unless from they are from the same household.

“We are going to finish with a metta meditation, which is a loving-kindness meditation,” Moore said. “It basically is just wishing good things to come into your life and for the people around you and across the community.”

Moore is requesting a $10 donation, but isn’t requiring one if people cannot donate.

“I’d rather people come anyway and just be a part of the community,” Moore said.

Boddie said now, more than ever, he wants to see the community come together.

“Every chance we as people get, whether you are black, white, or Hispanic, it is really important we come together,” Boddie said. “We need to show the world just because we have chaos and violence going on there is still hope. A lot of people think we can’t bounce back from this, or everybody hates everybody, but that’s not the case.”

Boddie said even though he has never taken a yoga class before, he is excited for this experience.