We are so grateful to the many students, teachers and supporters who attended events and classes in June in support of Yoga Va Latino. Our effort was a smashing success! Generous yogis and yoga studios around the country raised a total of $5,388 to support our work in Latin America. We assisted 16 young Cuban yogis prepare their applications for certification by Yoga Alliance and seven more experienced Cuban yoga teachers, long-time friends of Yoga Va, upgrade their certifications. We paid for their registrations, upgrades and renewals with the funds you raised. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Special thanks to the following studios that opened their doors to make this happen:

Studio So Bo, Boonville, CA

Yoga Collective of Yakima, Yakima, WA

You and the Mat, Oakland, CA

Big Bend Yoga, St. Louis, MO

Conniyoga, Portland, OR

Sellwood Yoga, Portland, OR

Transcend Yoga Studio, Logan, UT

Chinatown Yoga, San Francisco, CA

Check out the event held in Cuba! Special permission was granted to hold this event on this beautiful pier.

Here are photos from the event held in Portland, OR. Thank you to Kurt Feichtmeir and Christine Bernunzio for this lovely park celebration.

Patty Hirota Cohen convened a group of happy yogis in Oakland, CA. Thank you to Patty and attendees!

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by teaching a class or asking your studio to have a donation-based class on that day (6/21) or during that week.  You could also - if you have visited Cuba - hold an educational event with friends/family/community.  What better way to celebrate yoga internationally than supporting yoga in areas of the world where studios, materials, trainings, books are less available?  

We invite participating teachers/presenters to share information about Yoga Va Latino and will ensure they are equipped with suggested guidelines and resources, including a short video and recent photos of current projects, if desired.  Please read this letter that one of our supporting teachers, Kathleen Bell, wrote to her friends about this event, explaining why this event is a heart filled and important one.

We ask that teachers/presenters send the funds raised by check (made out to Yoga Va Latino) to our treasurer, Mary Anne Sedey at  Yoga Va Latino,  2711 Clifton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139.  Those interested in making a tax deductible contribution should make checks payable to our fiscal agent, Global Exchange, with Yoga Va Latino in the memo and send to Mary Anne at the same address.   

See our Article section for more information and also read this 2017 information newsletter for international visitors.  A short video (22 mins) was created in 2008 and gives you some great visuals and a little of our background story.    For those who speak Spanish,listen to Mariela's comments  about the importance of the Yoga Va! training, International Day of Yoga and a special event in February 2019  in this 3 mins video.  See this link for a transcript in English of this interview.

Interview with Mary from KZYX Radio.   Kurt and Karin - participants in December 2017 trip are part of this conversation and it is hosted by Karin Uphoff of Holistic Health Perspectives.

For more information and/or to get your event posted here with any other information you want to share, contact Danielle at   

Thank you to the following offering events and classes during the week of June 21, 2018. More information will be available soon as to time and place:


Richard Rosen, U and the Mat, Oakland  I  Saturday June 23, 8.30am - 10.15am at 4250 Piedmont Ave, 94611 - Temporary residence of You and the Mat.   You are advised to pre-register for this class at the regular class rates.   If you wish to make a further contribution to YVL at the class, please feel free!

Carmen Aguirre, San Francisco

Danielle Foster, Sacramento  I
a) June 22nd, 4:30pm Community Class at Ritual, 2405 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95818
b) June 24th, 8:00am Community Meditation at Ritual 2405 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95818
c) June 27th at 6.15pm at Bridgeway Towers, 500 N Street     

Mary Paffard, Boonville, California  I  Saturday June 23, 10.15-11.45am  SoBo, 41275 Hwy 128, Boonville 95415

Kathleen Bell, Berkeley  |  Saturday, June 23, 2-4p, Sports Basement,  2727 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA (All levels) - Please read Kathleen's letter to her friends, students and colleagues explaining why this is an important event.

Patty Hirota-Cohen - Chinatown, Oakland

Karin Uphoff - Mendocino, California  I  Thursday June 21st, 9-10:15am at the Mendocino Community Recreation Center, 998 School St, Mendocino, CA 95460   Phone: (707) 937-4133


KItty Daly (and Mary Anne Sedey - YVL Treasurer), St Louis

Karen Martinez


Maggie Joralemon,   Montclair   


Christina Bernunzio, Conniyoga, Portland | Saturday, June 23 11am (Free Community Yoga in Sellwood Park followed by Cuban-themed potluck picnic from Noon-2:30pm. This will be a multigenerational celebration of yoga and a gentle practice.


Dennise Gackstetter, Utah  I  Thursday, 5:30 - 7:30pm , 80 E Center St, Logan   


Gina Ord-Kline, Yakima  |  Wednesday, June 27, 9am, Yoga Collective of Yakima


Edgar Ortiz, San Jose


Megan Beck, Open House Yoga, South Devon  I, +44 (0)7403 779674
a) June 18, 9:30-10:30am
b) June 19, 7:30-8:45pm
c) June 22, 9:30-11am  


Mark Singleton, Galicia


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