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Georgetown Yogis Can Help the Homeless

A Help the Homeless Yogathon will replace the annual walk organized by the Georgetown Ministry Center.

During a Help the Homeless Yogathon at Grace Church this Saturday, local yogis can namaste and flow to support the Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC). D.C. area yoga instructors will lead multiple sessions from 1 to 4 p.m.

"With the growing popularity of yoga and the many wonderful yoga studios in Georgetown, we thought doing a day of yoga would be a wonderful way to bring people together and to highlight local businesses in the area," said Stephanie Chan, the GMC program coordinator. 

Throughout the year Fannie Mae sponsors and supports Help the Homeless events like local walks to raise funds for organizations that support the homeless. Though the mortgage lender has in the past held a large walk on the National Mall, Fannie Mae cut the program after last year's walk, ending a 24-year tradition.

Corinne Russell, a spokeswoman for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Fannie's government regulator, told The Huffington Post last year, “The community mini-walks have caught on and are generating more dollars at a lower cost than scheduling an event on the National Mall.”

So to get the community involved in the effort, the Georgetown ministry center organized a yogathon this year instead of a mini-walk.And they are getting support from yoga organizations throughout Georgetown and the District.

Local studio, Georgetown Yoga, is providing a teacher as will Yoga Activist and Follow Yoga, which are both D.C. area yoga organizations.

Catherine Flieshman of Follow Yoga might be a familiar face for some Georgetowners, she teaches free classes at Athleta on Wednesday mornings.

Yoga Activist's goal is to "Make yoga and its benefits accessible by supporting yoga outreach to underserved communities," by linking yoga teachers with social service organizations, according to their website

Mats will be provided and participants can come and go as they please.

To register, fill out the form at www.hthwalks.org/goto/YogafortheHomeless or call (202) 338-8301. The donation is $30 per adult (26 and over) or $20 per youth.

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