Meridian Star

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June 20, 2013

Celebrate summer with yoga

MERIDIAN —     On summer solstice – which is considered the first day of summer or the longest day of the year – thousands of of people gather in New York City's Times Square to practice yoga all day to welcome the change of seasons.

    Local yoga enthusiasts won't have to travel as far to be part of this annual practice. On Friday, downtown Meridian's Dumont Plaza will be the setting for the premiere event "Seize the Solstice," Yoga in the Park.

    The fitness event is the brainchild of local yoga instructor Becky Stubbs of Thrive Mississippi, a yoga and Pilates, massage and acupuncture facility located in North Meridian.

    "The main mission for this event is to make a statement in Meridian about health and wellness ... To show that yoga and it's practice can improve your health exponentially," said Karin Sue Roberts, who oversees business development at Thrive Mississippi.

    Roberts added that the summer solstice event represents Thrive's commitment to supporting a healthy community in any way possible.

    The morning activity will get under way at 8:30 and is open to all ages and yoga fitness levels. Theresa Luke, owner of Thrive Mississippi, and Stubbs will conduct the hour-long session, which is free.

    "Theresa will narrate and Becky will demonstrate the yoga postures," Roberts said.

    Participants may bring their own yoga mats, however mats will be provided. Water and iced coffee will be provided by Sandy's Baked Organic Goodness; the business' famous Not Just For Breakfast bars also will be sold.

    Roberts said between 30 to 40 yoga enthusiasts are expected to participate in Friday's "Seize the Solstice," Yoga in the Park, which is also associated with Thrive's Go Green Meridian, a non-profit health and wellness movement.

    "Go Green Meridian is about leaving sustainably, eating local and really our number one goal is to raise awareness in Meridian about living healthier lives," she said.

    Although the event is free, donations are encouraged. Proceeds will go toward the Meridian Community Garden Project for Go Green Meridian movement. The garden will be created on donated land located behind Cater's Market in North Hills. Several fundraisers are planned and organizers hope to break ground in the fall.

    "We're starting from scratch, so it's shovels in the dirt this fall and then next spring we'll plant, and hopefully next fall we'll have a big 'farm-to-table' with the community," Roberts said.

    Organizers hope "Seize the Solstice," Yoga in the Park will be one of several Thrive Mississippi events that will encourage wellness among local residents.

    "We want to encourage everyone to take the time out to be active and healthy and we really want to make a statement in Meridian," Roberts said. "We also hope this will be the start to many events that we can offer throughout the year."

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