Titanium Yoga is aiming to hold the largest single yoga class in the First Coast area and raise money for a good cause at the same time.
The yoga event, set for Saturday, Nov. 17, from 1-2 p.m., at Titanium Yoga, located at 111 Solana Road in Ponte Vedra Beach, is using the event to raise money for Yoga 4 Change, a local nonprofit that provides yoga classes to people in underprivileged populations, such as prisons, halfway houses, shelters and at-risk housing.
A $25 donation per person is requested, and the classes are open to all experience levels. There will be an outdoor adult class, with a goal of 75 participants, an indoor children’s class, with a goal of 25 participants, and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Yoga 4 Change.
Ashley Hanna, owner of Titanium Yoga, said it’s important for her to give back to the community, especially as the holiday season approaches.
Along with the yoga class, there will also be a holiday market, with approximately 20 local vendors on site to offer attendees a chance to get an early start on holiday shopping.
“You can do yoga, and you can do some fun holiday shopping,” Hanna said.
Hanna was seriously injured in a near-fatal car accident in 2016, and spent months recovering from her injuries, and the numerous surgeries to repair her leg and arm. After struggling through physical therapy in the months after her release from the hospital, Hanna found the help she needed to recover through hot yoga, and was inspired to open her own yoga studio. Titanium Yoga’s slogan is “Become Unbreakable,” and Hanna aims to share the benefits of yoga she learned through her recovery process with others.
“Anyone can do yoga, and we just hope people will come out and they’ll feel unbreakable, and they’ll feel like this practice can help them with whatever they’re going through in life right now,” she said.
Aside from the Nov. 17 event, once or twice a month, Titanium Yoga closes its doors to the public and open its doors to a local charity. Hanna said having such luck with those classes helped inspire her to do it on a larger scale, and it also provides an opportunity to help participants de-stress before the holidays.
“Yoga is a practice,” Hanna said. “You don’t master yoga, you practice it, and that can be for a day or for years of your life. It’s connecting your breath to your movement, so by breathing as you move, you’re able to dive deeper, connect the mind, the body and the spirit.”
To pre-register for the Nov. 17 event, visit titaniumyoga.com/schedule and click on Nov. 17 events to fill out registration forms. Donations will be accepted at the time of the event.