Dangerous bushfires continue to burn across the continent of Australia with relatively unprecedented intensity. According to the New South Wales (NSW) Rural Fire Service, at least 62 fires are currently burning on Australia’s southeast coast with only 22 of them being contained, resulting in more than 16 million acres of scorched land and the displacement of millions of indigenous animals such as the koala, the kangaroo, and the already endangered pygmy possum.
Cheshire’s BE Here Now yoga studio, located in the Watch Factory Shoppes on Elm Street, has decided to do something about it.
“I am an animal lover, and the sheer amount of animals they’ve lost is awful,” mentioned BE Here Now yoga instructor and manager Kimie Allen. “A lot of us here feel like the news hasn’t been covering the fires as much as they could, and we want to raise awareness about what is going on there. When the Notre Dame fire occurred, everyone knew about it and so much money was raised so fast, we just wanted to bring the same amount of attention to the fires.”
Every few weeks, the studio holds donation-based classes that are open to the public and allows participants to continue their mindfulness practices while helping a cause that is important to them. BE Here Now yoga studio held a donation-based yoga class to raise funds for the Australian Red Cross and the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc. on Friday, Jan. 24.
The studio holds these special classes approximately once every month, with previous sessions raising funds for breast cancer awareness, the Cheshire’s Lights of Hope organization, and the Arthritis Foundation, to name a few.
“This event is probably going to be our largest community class we’ve had yet next to our Lights of Hope classes,” Allen added. “We had over 40 people express interest.”
The class was called the “BE a Community for Australian Disaster Relief” and was offered to all Cheshire residents, middle-school-age and above. No set donation amount was requested.
“We really want people to just come, donate, and feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves.” Allen said, prior to the event.
In total, the event raised more than $500 for Australian Disaster Relief efforts.
BE Here Now yoga studio will be having an Open House on Feb. 8 and 9, where classes will be free and open to the public.
To find out more about BE Here Now yoga studio, visit www.beherenowstudios.com/about-us.