“We hear about the pressures of being a young person in the world today over and over again,” says Kelly Corcoran, co-founder of yogisheart and store manager of lululemon in Montclair. Yogisheart, a non-profit organization, has given away more than 30 yoga scholarships to young people who wouldn’t otherwise get to practice. The annual Pregame event happened this Saturday in Hohokus at Flow Yoga, and it exceeded Corcoran’s wildest expectations.
“We raised $9,665,” explains Trella Dolgin, also a co-founder. In addition to being a yoga instructor, she teaches sixth grade at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood. “More than 100 people attended,” she adds. Guests took an uplifting yoga class and then ate vegan (and regular) hot dogs, popcorn, hot pretzels and donuts. They enjoyed glasses of wine and a keg of beer. Emily Hsu from Emily Hsu Designs sold her sweet and colorful yoga leggings and generously donated 10 percent of the night’s sales.
“We are so grateful for the support of the yoga community,” Dolgin says. “Pregame was special this year because it brought together so many different studios and diverse people for one cause.” The money will support about 8 full yoga scholarships. Yogisheart gives away a one-year scholarship to someone in need once every month.
“Thank you to everyone who came out, had fun and supported us,” Doglin adds.
Check back soon to hear about upcoming yogisheart events!