Yoga helps people to feel good in aid of hospice

May 2019


A group of yoga teachers from Swindon have raised £1,000 for Prospect Hospice through a feel good ‘Prospect & Peace Yoga Taster Day’. The money raised will help the hospice continue to provide dedicated care and support to patients and families.

Integral Yoga Swindon are a group of yoga teachers trained in Integral Yoga, involved with local and international charities through a charity called Service in Satchidananda (SIS). SIS is a non-profit international network of charities established in honour of Sri Swami Satchidananda and based on his core teaching of selfless service.

Integral Yoga combines a wide range of yogic practices, doing asana, studying spiritual texts, helping others, chanting mantras, and sitting in meditation, that lead to harmony and happiness.

“We chose Prospect as it is such a huge support to so many people in our home town, at times when a loved one and their family needs all the support they can get,” said Jen MacDonald of Integral Yoga Swindon.

“Everyone’s family and friends must have been touched in some way by the end-of-life care given by Prospect Hospice. It is a fundamental part of Swindon’s life and passing of life. So many have benefitted from this facility.”

The all-day event took place at Lower Shaw Farm in April, and was part of Prospect Hospice’s annual Feel Good-a-thon campaign which encourages people to do something that makes them feel good, and raise some money to help our patients feel as good as they can. People of all ages enjoyed a day of yoga classes, with everything from traditional Hatha yoga to family classes. There was a raffle and vegetarian and vegan snacks available for people to enjoy afterwards.

“The day was well supported, and some who came had never tried yoga or meditation before,” commented Jen MacDonald. “It was something new and was in a lovely venue at Lower Shaw Farm. Andrea and Matt Holland kindly hosted us and helped to make the day feel relaxed and fun.”

A spokesperson for the Prospect Hospice fundraising team said: ‘We are delighted that Integral Yoga Swindon gave their time to support us. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals and groups like them to help us continue to deliver dedicated end-of-life care to people in our community. Our thanks also goes to Andrea and Matt at Lower Shaw Farm, for hosting the event, helping to create a wonderful day of Yoga and meditation.”

Discover how you could get involved and help raise vital funds to support the work of Prospect Hospice here

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