SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Statistics show on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States and a San Luis Obispo yoga studio is hoping to make a difference.
For Megan Healy, it’s important to slow down. The local educator’s favorite part about spending some quality on the mat?
“We’re a very caffeinated country,” said Healy.
Healy teaches sex health education at area high schools.
"It’s nice to have that mindful 45 minutes to stop everything and just breath,” said Healy.
Conscious of mind, body, soul and victims of abuse.
“One of the most impactful lessons that we teach is about relationship abuse. Students seem very surprised and that is something I’m very passionate about, answering their questions,” said Healy.
The SLO teacher was one of about 50 “Spiritual Warriors,” stretching and breathing for awareness at Soul Yoga.
“Warriors aren’t just somebody who goes out and fights, they actually are serving the people who can’t speak for themselves,” said Laura Rogers, Owner, Soul Yoga.
All proceeds from Sunday’s Yoga Marathon will go to RISE, a local organization dedicated to helping victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
“It’s the awareness I hope that people can grasp onto what is going on in our society today and understand that this is an issue that we have to address,” said Rogers.
Yogis say the work RISE does hits close to home. Rogers says one of her own family members recently utilized their services. Just last year the non-profit provided crisis services for over 1,000 people.
“I’ve been through particular situations where this, I wish I had this when I needed it,” said Rogers.
Soul Yoga’s Owner says the internal and emotional change that we experience on the mat can also be felt outside the yoga studio.
“It warms my heart when I see people that I know, when I see people that are new faces, coming together as a community to support people who need our help,” said Rogers.
For every dollar donated, The Morgan Family Foundation is matching it.