Join us on Friday nights this summer for a special offering from 6-7 PM. Great Falls Yoga staff and other local area yoga instructors will lead donation-optional classes to the public. Donations are truly optional, so if paying for yoga isn't part of your budget right now, that's totally fine-- we want you to come practice with us for free!
But, for those of you who ARE able to donate, 100% of the proceeds will go to some great causes.
This week’s class will support ROOT, a start-up yoga-based mentorship program for teen girls in Turners Falls. ROOT serves girls 12 to 18 who face challenges such as poverty, abuse, addiction and sexism. ROOT engages and supports our girls with tools and opportunities for transformation here in their own community.
Like many places, Franklin County is struggling with a multi-year opioid overdose crisis, and we see the toll it takes on children and families. Girls may be doubly vulnerable as they already face challenges around body image, silencing, and harassment. Yoga instructor Andrea Chesnes founded ROOT to stand up for the power and transformation of local girls here in our community.
Andrea’s studio, ROOT, will be a physical and emotional space where the girls come together, get support for their basic needs, build skills, and connect to their own sense of safety and strength. They will find one-on-one mentoring, yoga and meditation classes, showers, snacks, and skill-building activities around communication and creativity—all at no cost and supported by community members like us.
Proceeds of our Friday class will go toward the construction costs of ROOT’s home studio on 11th street in Turners. Let’s support their build-out so they can open in time to provide after school support this fall. Please join us on Friday to help make sure our girls get the support they deserve.
About the Instructor:
ROOT Founder Andrea Chesnes is a Turners Falls girl who teaches all around Western Mass. With 200 hours of formal training in traditional Iyengar Hatha yoga, her teaching style is an amalgamation of many. Her strengths are in the technical skills of alignment, a mindful approach to each pose, an emphasis on breathwork, guided mediation, and a rich practice in breathing technique (pranayama).
Andrea brings a funny, street-wise approach to her teaching and to interventions with teen girls. She used movement and meditation to overcome trauma she experienced as a teenager growing up in Springfield, MA, and has a deep, personal understanding of how these practices can create a foundation for trauma healing and self-empowerment.