Victoria’s First Ever Yogathon: Saturday, July 7

Thank-you as well to the following business owners/managers who donated items for our instructor gift bags:

Aveda Institute & Habit Coffee

And thank-you to for the delicious bananas and to Old Victoria Water Company for keeping us hydrated. We literally could not have done this without you!

And on behalf of the staff team and volunteers, thanks everyone for believing in the event, donating what you could and supporting our cause – Namaste!

Benefits Victoria Cool Aid Society’s Clients


An outdoors yoga session for just $5 or up to 12 hours at a Yogathon with pledges? Cool.

A chance to help our neighbours in the community who can’t afford a yoga class take yoga at Cool Aid’s Downtown Community Centrefor free?

Double plus good.

This exciting public event is happening in Spirit Square (Centennial Square) on Saturday, July 7, from 8 am – 8 pm: Victoria’s first-ever Yogathon! Please join us.

There will be drop-in, 45-minute yoga classes every hour, on the hour, from 8 am to 7 pm.

Invite your friends. Visit the Yogathon Facebook page.

There will also be water, a first-aid station, some information about Cool Aid and the Downtown Community Centre. Tours will also be available at 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm and 4 pm of the Community Centre – which is just a block away at 755 Pandora.

Join the Yogathon Sat, July 7 hourly from 8 am to 7 pm at Centennial Square

You are invited to participate in the Yogathon in a variety of ways:

  • Print and display the poster at your place of business or elsewhere in the community.
  • Join us for some or all of the day.
  • Volunteer for one or two of the hour-long sessions – we need professional teachers to lead each one-hour block.
  • Make a donation towards the Yoga program – so that Cool Aid can continue making yoga available to people in our community with no means to pay. (Pick “Downtown Community Centre” as your “Fund/Designation” if you are donating online.)
  • Get a pledge form and start raising money!
  • Distribute copies of the Yogathon pledge form to your friends and other yoga practitioners to encourage them to participate and raise some money for the community Yoga program.
  • Form a Yogathon team!
  • Get involved in helping us plan and organize this event.
  • Help on the day in a non-teaching capacity.
  • Maybe you have another idea on how to help out?

During the Yogathon day, there is a $5 suggested donation per class. You can also pick up a pledge form and raise more money and participate in as many sessions as you want.

The Open House and Yogathon celebrate one year of expanded hours (evenings and weekends) and increased programming at the Downtown Community Centre. All Open House activities are all family friendly and include: 10-11 am Tai Chi, 11:30 am-12:30 pm Chalk Mandala drawing, 1:30-2:30 pm Drum Circle and 3:30-4:30 pm Table Tennis.

Program participants are volunteering at the Open House to help facilitate the activities, staff the kitchen and assist with a guest collage – where folks can draw, write and express on a large poster-board what the Downtown Community Centre means to them and what they like about it. Tenants from Cool Aid’s Mike Gidora, Pandora and Desmond House buildings will play key roles throughout the day.

To learn more about the Downtown Community Centre’s healthy recreation and leisure programs please visit the web page at


Yoga Practices Descriptions

Active Hatha – Full body engagement with a strong focus on breath and postural alignment. Some slow flow to transition between poses. Appropriate for able bodied beginners and intermediate practitioners.

Ashtanga – Involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures – a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body and a calm mind.

Bikram’s – A type of hatha yoga characterized by a set series of postures and breathing exercises, usually performed in a very hot room.

Family Yoga uses everything from creative movement, stories, beginner Acro/partner-Yoga, and games to introduce, practice and play Yoga together!!! All family members welcome: kids from tiny to teen, parents & caregivers too!

Hatha Flow – Includes asana (postures), some Pranayama (breath work) and meditation. Learn the foundational poses of yoga with an emphasis on proper alignment and beginning of self awareness.

Kirtan Chanting – Kirtan practice involves chanting hymns or mantras to the accompaniment of instruments such as the harmonium, tablas, the two-headed mrdanga or pakawaj drum, and karatal hand cymbals.

Kundalini – A system of meditative techniques and movements within the yogic tradition that focuses on psycho-spiritual growth and the body’s potential for maturation.

Yin – Breath deep and chill out with gentle, slow, meditative stretches to end the day.