TACOMA – On Saturday, Molina Healthcare hosted a free yoga class for all ages at the Tacoma Mall. Attendance was estimated at over 400 people including over 150 kids from community organizations including the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, Dash Center for the Arts and a group of students from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program at Mt. Tahoma High School. The event was open to the public and was designed to make yoga fun and exciting for people who have never tried it before. Instead of the slow, meditative music most people associate with yoga, this event had a live DJ mixing popular music and an energetic yoga instructor teaching some basic poses designed to get your heart rate up while calming your mind.
“Yoga to the Beat was a great opportunity for members of the Tacoma community to try something new that can really improve their health,” said Bela Biro, president of Molina Healthcare of Washington. “Molina Healthcare is grateful for all of our partners who work to improve the health of our community, and we are proud to offer activities like free yoga to show folks that exercise can be fun.”
Attendees received a free yoga mat and Jamba Juice smoothies and were able to enter a raffle that included prizes from local vendors including BIG 5, Orange Leaf, Metro Parks Tacoma and the YMCA with prizes valued at over $500. Molina Healthcare also donated $5000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound to support their health and fitness programs.
Molina Healthcare held the event to offer a healthy activity for local families and to show the community that you don’t need an expensive gym membership or hours of free time to improve your fitness and clear your mind. In addition to being a great form of exercise, yoga can reduce stress, manage chronic health conditions, raise self-confidence and improve concentration.
Yoga to the Beat was held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 in front of the Macy’s entrance at the Tacoma Mall.