Relax and help heal the world

Relaxation, peace and giving back to the community are three philosophies of the yoga world, and Latrobe Valley residents can get their taste this Sunday.

Five yoga teachers will celebrate the inaugural United Nations World Yoga Day in Mirboo North, inviting the beginner and the novice to go along.

Accredited yoga teacher Ruth Kelly, whose yoga name is Gayatri, said the group hoped to raise funds to support the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

“There are a lot of groups around the world and all over Australia that are having events on the day, but we have decided to make it a fundraiser,” Ms Kelly said.

“Yoga is really good at giving back to the community, so we thought it would be a really good opportunity.”

From 8.45am until noon, guests can take part in three different sessions – or try their hand at one – and enjoy a provided light lunch until 12.30pm.

Jeny Taylor (Swami Jayananda Saraswati), Andrew Cawood, Kerri Ann Garlick and Yvette Atkins will guide the participants through each session.

Ms Kelly said participants could join in for a donation of their choice, with the overall aim to generate a “peaceful and friendly atmosphere”.

“Yoga groups are involved in a lot of major humanitarian efforts throughout the world; it’s a really important part of yoga to just give back,” Ms Kelly said.

She said there was still a lot of need following the Nepal earthquakes and the group hoped to connect with the global community as part of its fundraising efforts.

Although no fundraising goal has been set, Ms Kelly hopes for at least 30 people to attend.

“Come along with an open mind and enjoy the amazing benefit that yoga has to offer,” Ms Kelly said.

For more information or to secure your place, phone Ruth Kelly (Gayatri) on 0437 048 701 or visit

World Yoga Day

Sunday, 21 June at

Inner Journeys Yoga Centre, Mirboo North


Welcome and Gentle Yoga class


Cuppa and chat time


Surya Namaskara yoga sequence


Cuppa and chat time


Yoga Nidra (relaxation)


Light lunch provided

All funds raised will go

towards supporting recovery efforts in Nepal.