Yoga event aims at helping marginalised women


(From left) Tan, Chong Eng and Allen posing for the camera after a press conference on the upcoming Yoga Gives Back event at Komtar, Penang.

(From left) Tan, Chong Eng and Allen posing for the camera after a press conference on the upcoming Yoga Gives Back event at Komtar, Penang.

TO empower women and allow them to be financially stable, a yoga charity event is being organised to raise awareness and funds for marginalised women in Penang.

The first ‘Yoga Gives Back’ event will take place at the Curtis Crest Treetop Walk at The Habitat Penang Hill on March 3 from 6.30am till noon.

State Women, Family Development and Gender Inclusiveness Committee chairman Chong Eng said the event was to raise funds for the Women’s Centre for Change (WCC) to support women organisations and to recognise WCC’s work.

“The event, which is endorsed by the state government, also hopes to promote yoga as a good form of exercise which brings a lot of benefits and aid in reducing stress and enhancing relaxation.”

Chong Eng, who is also Penang Women’s Development Corporation chairman, is expected to launch the event.

The beneficiaries of the event are WCC and Yoga Gives Back, a United States-based NGO with the mission to mobilise the global yoga community to empower women and children in India to build sustainable livelihoods.

It supports micro credit programmes for women.

Muddy Lotus Yoga instructor Gwen Tan-Wynne, a Penangite, said the event is intended to create awareness on the benefits of yoga.

Tan, who would be the yoga instructor at the event, said the funds raised would help women to be self-sustainable.

The Habitat Penang Hill managing director Allen Tan said the first 50 participants would receivegoodie bags that come with an environment-friendly shampoo bar and steel straws.

He added that a lucky draw would also be held and that sponsors are welcomed.

Registration fee is RM158 which includes tickets to the Habitat Penang Hill.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats.

Those interested can register at www.thehabitat.my or The Habitat Facebook Events Page.