Yoga by Degrees, a leading provider of yoga services and proponent of the fight against hunger, is giving back to the community with a donation to The Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Yoga by Degrees is a company dedicated to bringing the greater Chicago area a positive, uplifting and peaceful space to practice Yoga. Yoga by Degrees is a small business that first found their unique niche in Wheaton three years ago. Inspired by the gratitude of the Wheaton community, Yoga by Degrees opened arms and hearts to two more locations in Western Springs and Elmhurst. Throughout the past few years, our students, staff, and teachers have cultivated long lasting relationships that come with the community practice of yoga. Yoga by Degrees strives to bring more than just a yoga practice to these communities by supporting local charities and non-profit organizations. This initiative to support community oneness is inspired by the yogic principle, “May all beings be happy and free.”
In order to cultivate happiness and freedom in the community, Yoga by Degrees has had fundraising events at all three locations for the Greater Chicago Food Depository over the past few months. During the Anniversary event for the Western Springs location, Yoga by Degrees collected $125 and a collection of food donations for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. In addition, Yoga by Degrees offered a Gratitude Yoga Challenge to all their students. If a student signed up and completed 30 classes in 40 days, Yoga by Degrees pledged a $10 donation to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. With over 30 finishers and 100 participants, the Yoga by Degrees community raised over $300 for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. One mother/daughter team shares their experience:
“Doing the YBD challenge takes commitment and some endurance. Doing it with someone else is great because you can share the experience with someone that really understands what it takes to do 30 classes in 40 days. Especially around the holidays! We have to say by class 17 we thought OMG 13 more classes to go can we make it. In fact we started putting stickers on before class to make sure we did not forget! The last 2 weeks were the hardest in fact we did 14 classes in 15 days.
At home each day we checked in to see which classes we were going to take, and though we both have busy jobs this definitely became a priority. Towards the end of the challenge we were both tired but determined. I finished December 23rd, but took another class December 24th to be with my daughter when she finished. Taking yoga together has been both fun and inspiring. Sasha is always encouraging me. We have both done a lot of different physical things, but the program at YBD is unique. The teachers are amazing and the personal positive culture has been our best experience yet!”
It is with huge hearts that we thank and congratulate Sasha and Patti Boheme and all the participants of our challenge. With a total of $425 funds raised, we appreciate your efforts and donations. Yoga by Degrees plans on having more yoga challenges and will continue to support community oneness through local causes and charities.