Never Too Inflexible To Try Yoga
Early Sunday morning, the Beach Boys emerged in their bright pink shirts, one by one at the Sai Kung Tang Shiu Kin Sports Ground. Before jumping into their usual routine of playing football, they took off their shoes and rolled out yoga mats. For many of them, this was their first time trying yoga and stretching to oddly named postures. The purpose was to support YAMA Foundation, a non-profit that brings yoga, arts and meditation to Hong Kong’s underserved communities.
The event was organised by the Anderson family: Catrin, YAMA Foundation’s ambassador, and her parents, Kim and Richard. Catrin, who uses a wheelchair to get around, wanted to help spread the message that anyone can practice yoga. Together, the Andersons rallied 31 participants who collectively raised $4395, which will support YAMA Foundation’s Adults with Disabilities yoga program at a residential care home in Ho Man Tin.
For many, the idea of yoga seemed daunting but YAMA Foundation’s founder, Hersha Chellaram promised them that touching toes was not a requirement. The group did extremely well moving from posture to posture with an occasional groan followed by laughter. The session ended with guided relaxation, breathing and meditation.
Bright pink is a colour that symbolises strength as well as compassion. YAMA Foundation would like to thank the Andersons, the Beach Boys and their families for their big hearts and generous support.