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Peace of Mind: 2018 Day of Yoga & Wellness

On Saturday March 3rd, we held our 4th annual Peace of Mind: A Day of Yoga and Wellness event, formerly known as the Peace of Mind Yogathon.  A record number of participants came together to share a day of yoga and wellness classes to support the good work of Family & Children’s Service. This community focused event, held at Ithaca High School, offered 12 yoga classes, as well as this year’s new additions of Reiki, Tai Chi, Massage, Acupuncture and Meditation.  It was a big hit!  The event raised more than $15,000.

All registrants received a day pass to Rasa Spa, and there were prizes for the top fundraising team and individuals, also generously donated by Rasa Spa.

The day started with opening remarks from Board President Doug Green, and Family and Children’s Service CEO, David Shapiro, followed by a Community Yoga class with more than 100 people participating.  Afterwards, the day continued with three breakout sessions where participants chose to take additional yoga classes and/or try out new peace of mind activities like meditation, thai chi, acupuncture, massage and reiki.

With 19 yoga and wellness instructors, many volunteers board members, staff and community members, this year’s event was overwhelmed by the abundance of enthusiasm and good will and we all left hoping next year’s event could come even sooner!

Special thanks to food sponsors Greenstar Natural Food Markets, Wegmans and the POM committee for treating everyone to healthy snacks and drinks to fuel their day, ranging from refreshing cucumber water, Chai tea, roasted vegetables to vegetable wraps and energy bars.

Our generous sponsors who made the event possible include: Presenting sponsors Cayuga Medical Center and Rasa Spa; Extended sponsors BDS Corporation/Northwestern Mutual, The Computing Center, CSP Management, Miller Mayer and Morgan Stanley; Team sponsors CFCU, Holt Architects and Sciarabba Walker; and media sponsor Cayuga Radio Group. Community Mental Health only works when the community is involved.

Thank you for helping us ensure high quality, affordable mental health care is accessible to anyone who needs it in our community.