Kula for Karma has partnered with Whole Foods Market to launch two therapeutic yoga programs in Bergen County, NJ. The natural foods supermarket, known for its commitment to improving lives in the communities it serves, is sponsoring the free weekly classes, which began February 7 and 8 and are open to the community.
“Since 2007, Kula for Karma has offered over 600 programs in the Tri-State area, at no cost, to those with physical and mental health challenges, “said Penni Feiner, the organization’s Executive Director. “Our success has been grounded in a community of dedicated volunteers, including yoga instructors, allied health professionals, business leaders and local supporters like Whole Foods Market.”
The Whole Foods Love Your Body Love Yourself class is designed to transform negative body image into acceptance and body love by offering yoga that is accessible, body positive and reflects the full range of human diversity. Classes will take place at The Body Image Boutique, 96 E. Allendale Rd. in Saddle River, NJ, on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning February 7.
The Whole Foods Market Healthy Heart class is for those recovering from heart disease. This gentle class focuses on relaxation techniques designed to mitigate stress and promote physical, mental and emotional well-being. Classes will be held Wednesdays at 7 p.m., starting February 8, at Powerflowyoga, 530 S. Broad St., in Glen Rock, NJ.
Kula for Karma is a nonprofit that is pioneering the integration of therapeutic yoga, meditation and stress management into mainstream medicine and healthcare. The organization’s relationship with Whole Foods Market dates back to when the natural foods supermarket opened its Ridgewood, NJ store. Feiner was teaching for Kula at the Woodlea Group Home, a facility for at risk teen girls run by Children’s Aid and Family Services.
“The store’s community’s manager invited the girls to wrap gifts in the Whole Body department,” Feiner recalls. “We set up a table and wrapped until our fingers were raw! Kula’s relationship with Whole Foods Market grew from there.”
Whole Foods Market has donated food to all of Kula for Karma’s major fundraising events, including its annual gala. Five years ago the organization was the designated local nonprofit for one of the Ridgewood store’s “5% Days”, receiving five percent of that day’s net sales.
“This new collaboration is the continuation of a longstanding and mutual admiration for one another’s missions and vision,” said Feiner. “We are grateful for Whole Foods Market’s four Bergen County stores, for continuing to support our passion for sharing the healing power of yoga with our community.”
Whole Foods Market operates Bergen County locations in: Closter, Edgewater, Paramus and Ridgewood.
Registration is required for both classes, and participants can sign up online here. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-545-9642.