Yoga Reaches Out

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Yoga Reaches Out

What is Yoga Reaches Out?
Yoga Reaches Out is a day-long yogathon that brings the yoga community together to raise funds for the Wellness Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Learn more about the event

Who can participate?
Yoga Reaches Out is open to all, ages 16 and up. All levels and styles of yoga practitioners are welcome.

How do I register?
Register as an individual, or join or start a team.
Register here

What is the day like?
Yoga Reaches Out consists of two main yoga sessions - a morning and an afternoon practice. The morning practice is taught by six New England based yoga instructors, and the afternoon session is taught by a global vinyasa teacher. In between sessions, yogis can grab lunch, shop our marketplace vendors, visit our photo area, and more. In total, there will be about 4 hours of yoga with breaks in between. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace and rest at any time.

Fundraising

Where does the money go?
Your funds help the Boston Children’s Hospital Wellness Program continue to provide essential healing services to patients, parents, and caregivers.
Learn more about the impact

How can friends/family/colleagues donate to my Yoga Reaches Out efforts?
Your supporters can donate by:

  • Giving online by credit card on your personal fundraising page. Visit www.yogareachesout.org, and click on ‘DONATE’ then type in the participant's name under ‘Search for a Fundraiser.’
  • Making a check out to Boston Children's Hospital. Please have your donor write your name, and YRO 2018, on the memo line so we can ensure the donation is posted to your fundraising page.
  • Giving you cash. Write a personal check or exchange cash for a bank check and mail it to us. Please write your donor’s information on the envelope so we can add them to your fundraising page.

Will donors who give by check or cash appear on my personal fundraising page?
Yes. Our gift processing team will add donations received in the mail to your fundraising page. Offline donations may take 5-7 business days to be reflected on your page.

How should I send my check donations to Boston Children’s?
All registrants will receive a mailed packet that includes donation envelopes. Please complete the form on the donation envelope and mail gifts to us. Once received, we will process and update your total. If you need more envelopes, please contact yoga@chtrust.org. All checks should be made out Boston Children’s Hospital.

Do you send acknowledgement letters for contributions?
Yes. Boston Children's Hospital acknowledges all gifts of $250 or more and sends receipts for these gifts per IRS guidelines. All online gifts will receive an automatic receipt.

I don't want to fundraise. Can I still attend Yoga Reaches Out?
Yes, you can register and make an outright donation of $250 via credit card or check to fulfill the fundraising minimum.

Do I still need to raise the minimum $250 if I join a team?
Yes, each individual is asked to pay a $25 registration fee and raise a minimum of $250.

What if I don’t reach the fundraising minimum?
All participants need to meet the fundraising minimum by May 15. If you do not raise $250 by that date, your credit card will be charged the remaining balance.

How do I learn more about matching gifts?
Download our matching gift guide

Event Day

What should I wear to Yoga Reaches Out?
Please wear comfortable, light, non-restrictive clothes. Most people practice in bare feet. You may also want to bring a small towel and a long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt for when you’re not practicing yoga.

What else should I bring?
Because 1,000 yogis will be coming together, please refrain from bringing anything that will take up a lot of space around your mat (coolers, large bags, etc.). Water bottles, snacks, and smaller items are fine to bring.

Should I bring my own mat?
Yes. Mats will not be available to rent or borrow.

Will hands-on assists be offered at Yoga Reaches Out?
There will be a group of adjusters present for both the morning and afternoon session offering hands-on assists for structural alignment, deeper relaxation, and to ensure all poses are done safely. If you do not wish to receive hands-on assists, please let us know during check-in. If you have questions about hands-on assists, email yoga@chtrust.org.

Can I arrive late?
You can arrive at any time, but please try to show up by 9:00am to enjoy live music and get settled for the day. If you absolutely must come in late or depart early, please do so quietly to avoid disturbing others. If you’re late, someone will escort you to your mat area.

What do I do with my shoes, cell phone and other belongings?
Please keep belongings with you at all times. We encourage you to bring a small amount of cash to purchase lunch or use at our marketplace (some vendors will take credit cards). Please understand that we are not responsible for your valuables. Please silence your cell phone during the event. Taking pictures, using social media, and sharing your experience with others is encouraged but please be mindful that we’re striving for a meditative environment.

Is it ok to wear perfume / cologne?
Please refrain from wearing strong scents. Many people are sensitive or allergic to various scents and fragrances.

Can I eat or drink during Yoga Reaches Out?
Feel free to bring snacks and water. Please refrain from chewing gum in the stadium. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase at the event.

Can I take pictures at Yoga Reaches Out?
Yes! Please be mindful of not taking photos of people you do not know unless it is a large group shot.

Will there be parking?
Yes. Free parking will be available around the Empower Field House. Gillette Stadium staff will be present to direct you to parking lots.

What is the marketplace? What types of vendors will be there?
Local vendors from all over New England attend Yoga Reaches Out each year to showcase yoga and wellness related merchandise, programs, and services. Participants are welcome to browse the marketplace at any time during Yoga Reaches Out (we suggest before the event kicks off or during the lunchtime break) to peruse items such as yoga attire, mala beads, jewelry and much more. Learn how your company can be part of the Yoga Reaches Out marketplace.

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