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Sea Bright’s Vanessa Van Noy to fundraise with Headstands for Hunger in Asbury Park, to benefit The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and Monmouth County SPCA

In Sanskrit, the term for “Community” is called “Sangha.”

What can bring a better sense of community than coming together and helping each other? The yoga community is no stranger to helping others. Many people associate yoga with hot smelly rooms, yoga pants, crazy stretches, and weird music. But yoga is much more than a fancy pose for Instagram – it’s a way to live life, and one of its major tenants is “Karma,“ or selfless service. Karma is more than a buzzword, it means giving back to those less fortunate than us – simply put, helping others.

Four years ago with that thought in mind, Sea Bright resident Vanessa Van Noy, a local yoga teacher, went to work and Headstands for Hunger was born. Now an annual event held at Asbury Park’s Convention Hall, yogis and non-yogis alike gather to practice some yoga, peruse some local vendors, merchandise and food, and listen to some fun music with the intent to gather food for The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and the Monmouth County SPCA.

To date, Vanessa and her community-supporting Headstands for Hunger have collected thousands of pounds of food for local families in need and shelter pets. Each year, attendance increases dramatically. What started out humbly in the Bucky James Community Center, traveled to Rumson-Fair Haven High School, which it outgrew, and landed at Convention Hall on the same stage as “The Boss.” Each year, hundreds of people join in the “Sangha” and the holiday spirit of giving back to a greater good. No yoga experience necessary to participate, just a willingness to help people, have fun, get some free stuff, and maybe photobomb a few photos!

The aim on November 13, 2016, is to collect enough food so that needy families and pets can experience a happy and healthy holiday along with everyone else. A $10 donation and/or 10 pounds of food is encouraged, but that is just a suggested donation. Bring as much food or money as you can afford, it all goes in two big trucks – one right to the Food Bank, the other to the MCSPCA. For those looking for other ways to support the event, telling family, friends, and the community to attend brings awareness to this cause. There is also a GoFundMe account – https://www.gofundme.com/2f2euh8x.

For those of you on social media, please tag #headstandsforhunger in all your yoga posts.

For more information, visit Headstandsforhunger.org. Make sure you save the date for November 13, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, brunch to follow!



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