Pictured on Saturday July 7, Himalaya Yoga Valley celebrating their sixth birthday in Cork with a closing Shavasana at Yoga in the Park in Fitzgerald’s Park. Photo: Loose Skies

Yoga in the Park with Himalaya Yoga Valley is off to a flying start this Summer with €14,642 raised for charity in just six weeks… and it’s not over yet!

Every Saturday since June 2, yoga enthusiasts and novices have been stretching their hearts for charity by attending these weekly donation yoga classes on Saturday morning. Up to 500 people are joining the Himalaya Yoga Valley team each weekend with the event welcoming record numbers this year. Yoga in the Park at Fitzgerald’s Park, which is in its fifth year has to date this Summer raised €9,813 for the Cork Simon Community bringing the total raised for the homeless charity over the last five years to €50,000. Yoga in the Park at Ballincollig Regional Park, which is in its first year has raised €4,829 for Pieta House already this Summer.

The classes will continue again this Saturday morning, July 14 at Ballincollig Regional Park at 10:15am and will commence at Fitzgerald’s Park on Saturday July 21 at 10am and will run right up until September 8. Himalaya Yoga Valley are encouraging everybody to join them each Saturday for the remainder of the event to help raise much needed funds for charity, whilst looking after their mind and body with yoga!

Himalaya Yoga Valley celebrated their sixth birthday in Cork last Saturday July 7 and to mark the occasion they organised an aerial shot of Yoga in the Park participants lying out in the shape of a figure ‘6’ for a closing Shavasana.

Marion Courtney Business Manager at Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre in Cork said: “We are thrilled with the success of Yoga in the Park this Year and the sunny weather has certainly helped us set new records for the amount raised for charity. It was great fun down at Fitzgerald’s Park on Saturday celebrating our sixth birthday in Cork and Dream Ireland joined in the celebrations by giving out free smoothies to attendees. We would like to thank all our clients and staff for their ongoing support of this charity initiative. We are proud of how far we have come and excited to keep growing this vibrant yoga community we have created in Cork.”

Cork Simon’s Director, Dermot Kavanagh, said the backing of the wider community is crucial in tackling the ongoing housing and homeless crisis. He said: “Himalaya Yoga Valley – and everyone who attends Yoga in the Park – are very much playing their part. For that, we’re very grateful.”

To take part in Yoga in the Park all you need to bring along is your yoga mat, donation, water and sunscreen. For more information log onto yogacorkireland.com, email info@yogacorkireland.com or telephone 021 427 9696.

Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre
34 Penrose Wharf, Penrose Quay, Cork
13A Westpoint Retail Park, Link Road, Ballincollig, Cork
021 427 9696