The third annual Westchester Yoga Mala
FashionEdits journey through National Yoga Month in September flowed us through Wanderlust108 to Yogis for Ellies and finally brought us to the beautiful suburban oasis right outside of New York City in Westchester County. The third annual Westchester Yoga Mala had about 40 yoga enthusiasts gather at the Hudson River’s Mac Echron Water Front Park, an event hosted by Yonkers based yoga studio, Stretch Yoga, where all net proceeds was donated to the Mt. Vernon Animal Shelter. Under the blue sunny sky, there was a slight coolness to the air, the perfect weather for the yogis coming together to offer 108 sun salutations in honor of the United Nation’s International World Peace Day. The tranquil environment was amplified by the soothing live music provided by Westchester based kirtan band, Tejase, uplifting the graceful movements of the yogis as they flowed through the sun salutation sequence.
Chrissy McSweeney, the co-owner of Stretch Yoga with husband David McSweeney, told FashionEdits, “The Mala is done near the equinox, the autumnal equinox for the UN World Peace Day and it was started by Shiva Rea…for each city to be a bead on a mala that stretches around the earth, so it is yoga’s prayers to the world for peace so we do 108 sun salutations.” Stretch Yoga is a community based yoga studio making yoga accessible to everyone, offering free community yoga classes every week and offers an amazing $15 drop in classes and even provides kids yoga classes. They have a vegan potluck every first Sunday of the month and will start introducing a vegan cooking class starting this fall, as Chrissy is a graduate of a vegetarian culinary school, the Natural Gourmet, in Manhattan. The studio is a labor of love with an impressive mural of the wisdom eyes, or the eye of the Buddha, that is the national symbol of Nepal that was painted by Chrissy. The airy and sun drenched room provides a commanding view of the Yonkers Raceway and a distant outline of Long Island and New York City.
FashionEdits loves the mission of Stretch Yoga being the gateway for those who otherwise wouldn’t have access to yoga and wellness and recommends supporting this studio! For more information about Stretch Yoga, please visit stretchyoga.me.