At 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, local yoga instructors will lead participants of all ages and all levels of ability in a free yoga session on Veterans Field at Keeter Stadium in Shelby. The event, known as "Yoga in the Outfield," will be held rain or shine.
This will be the third year for Yoga in the Outfield, which is organized by Janet Horn Miller of Yoga Exercise Science (YES) Yoga in Shelby. Miller is the daughter of the late Jim Horn, the co-chairman of the local American Legion World Series (ALWS) planning committee from 2002 to 2015.
Sponsored by ALWS, the Horn Family, Cleveland Physical Therapy Associates and YES Yoga, the event will benefit the American Heart Association in memory of Horn. Participants who make a donation of $5 or more will receive a ticket for all of the ALWS games on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018.
"The mission of the event is to educate and help people learn how to avoid heart disease," says Horn, adding that one in three people die of heart disease. "It's the number one killer of both men and women. Every 40 seconds someone has a heart attack, and more than 800,000 people died of heart-related illnesses last year."
The major risk factors for heart attacks and heart disease are inactivity and lack of exercise, along with being overweight and having a poor diet. This event targets those risk factors for area residents.
"Yoga is simply any movement that you do while focused on your breath," Miller says. "We will have yoga teachers from YES Yoga and Uptown Yoga Loft who will lead in stretches and breathing exercises that can be done sitting or standing. These will be easy yoga stretches that anyone can do. All ages from toddlers to seniors are welcome, and no experience is necessary."
Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat or a towel. Chairs will be provided.
For more information, visit www.americanlegionworldseries.com or call the ALWS office at 704-466-3103.
By April Hoyle Shauf
Special to Community First Media