It's no stretch for these yogis to lend a hand

Yogis have begun to take “bend over backwards” literally by finding ways to extend themselves for good causes.

MIND STRETCHER Can’t make your kid pay attention? Teach him the lotus position. That’s the goal of Yoga Ed., which is dedicated to bringing the benefits of yoga into the school system and looking for new teachers.

Founder Tara Guber credits yoga with increasing students’ focus and concentration in the classroom. “(But) teaching yoga in a school situation is very different than teaching it in a studio situation.”

“The truth is, we need more teachers,” says program director Leah Kalish.

The first weekend of the three-weekend, 40-hour training program is April 14-16; $980 includes materials. For more information or to register, visit Yogaed.com.

DOLLAR STRETCHER Yoga guru Seane Corn and YouthAIDS ambassador Ashley Judd began “Off the mat, into the world” last year to raise awareness and funds for YouthAIDS.

The first year raised $60,000 from T-shirt sales and benefits. And Corn hopes to triple that figure this year.

Org currently seeks yogis interested in holding benefit classes especially for the cause. For information, visit Seanecorn.com/outreach.htm or donate directly to Youthaids.org.

SOCIAL STRETCHER Bala Yoga owner Ginny Biddle believes charity work and yoga go hand-in-hand. “It’s part of the whole yoga tradition,” she says.

That’s why, on the first Friday of each month, Bala Yoga and Puma sponsor a different charity with their “DJ Yoga” night. “It’s a great way to unwind on a Friday night and mingle with yoga-minded people,” says Biddle. Wine and cheese provide additional therapeutic benefits.

All proceeds from this month’s April 7 event will go to Planned Parenthood; suggested donation is $15. For info, go to balayoga.net.

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