zombies for yoga outreach

Just in time for Halloween, I’m reminded of my yoga teacher who did a Halloween workshop on “poses that thrill and chill you” (inversions, backbends and arm balances), playing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” during sun salutations.

“Come back to life,” invites the tagline for this Yoga Outreach video which is making its way around the Internet. The clip is a promotion for a 30 day Yoga Outreach challenge that’s raising funds to deliver healing and life-affirming yoga programs to people who can not directly access these resources.

Yoga Outreach is a Vancouver-based non-profit organization that provides free yoga in the correctional system, women’s shelters and addiction recovery centres in British Columbia. All the yoga classes within these facilities are taught by volunteer teachers.

A fun, entertaining campaign (which also successfully counters stereotypes of yoga culture and practitioners) for a great cause. It’s a fresh take on both zombies and yoga advertising. And apparently, innovative Toronto advertising agency john st donated the commercial to Yoga Outreach. Very cool!

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Via  on Sep 25, 2011 for elephant journal

I love this idea of outreach to populations “underserved” by yoga. Giving alms, which became the response to the call for “Trick or Treat,” was a tradition of Samhain, the Celtic festival that provides the root of Halloween.

“Show some signs of life! / And come down and put your heart in this fight.”


About Richard Hudak

I am Senior Adjunct Faculty in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and I have been a practitioner of Anusara™ yoga. I have completed 200 hours of teacher training within its diaspora community, consistent with its philosophy and alignment principles.
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