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June 29, 2009

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June 29, 2009

I participated in Yoga Bear's "Yogapalooza," the annual multi-city fundraising event, which is basically all-day yoga. Now, I'm not a yoga person. I think I MAY have taken a class once, but I don't really remember. But I know Halle and how dedicated she is to this great organizations, and I figured if I'm going to step outside my comfort zone, why not make it for a good cause? I attended the last session of the day, and it was extremely mellow, consisting mostly of meditation, reflection, and some fun partner exercises. Definitely unlike anything I'd done before. But through out it all was an unmistakable aura of support- not once did I forget that I was part of a group, that while not all of us were cancer survivors, we were all there to help each other in some way, and to help Yoga Bear. I'm thrilled at the success of Yogapalooza, and while I probably still won't do much yoga, I'm now a staunch supporter of Yoga Bear.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They seemed to have formed a really warm, welcoming community, and it didn't matter your level of experience with yoga or with illness.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Halle's great! The amount she's done with NO budget is unbelievable. Talk about low overhead.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Enrich the lives of cancer survivors and others dealing with illness, raise awareness, and increase wellness through yoga.

Ways to make it better...

I had attended more sessions- I was nervous!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting the resources and support to expand to more cities.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 31, 2008

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August 31, 2008

Yoga Bear offers an excellent service to cancer patients, survivors, and the community. By providing FREE yoga classes to cancer patients and survivors, Yoga Bear is allowing these people to experience a valueable form of complemetary therapy that is normally expensive and not often covered by insurance. Yoga Bear also creates a community within its participants and volunteers by putting on frequent events that bring everyone together. I recently volunteered at Yogapalooza where there were yoga classes all day in Golden Gate Park benefitting different cancer organizations. It was so beautiful to see survivors and family members and volunteers all practicing together and sharing that experience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Survivors that have been given free access to yoga classes, wonderful events and monthly charity yoga classes

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Interacting with people that have benefitted from the services

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very friendly! All volunteer-based and there from the goodness of their hearts

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide complmentary therapy (like yoga) to cancer patients all over!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 20, 2008

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August 20, 2008

Yoga Bear has been a wonderful opportunity for me to give back to the community. I can honestly say I've never worked with such passionate, dedicated, and motivated volunteers as I have with Yoga Bear. Cancer is a cause close to my heart and I've experienced the healing benefits of yoga in my own life, so I am thrilled to working to help get more healing opportunities through yoga available and accessible to those who need it. I look forward to doing more with Yoga Bear as they continue to grow and expand their work.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its incredible growth and expansion in the short time since its inception, positive experience and gratitude from those Yoga Bear serves.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wonderful sense of community it fosters among recipients, volunteers, studios, and teachers alike.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly dedicated, motivated, and hard-working

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do more than I can imagine. Sky is the limit.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 10, 2008

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July 10, 2008

Across the nation, the Yoga Bear team works really hard to bring more opportunities of health and wellness to cancer survivors.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the people who have gained a better sense of self confidence and wellness through their practice

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting great people

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

cheerful, kind, dedicated

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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