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Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
5:30 pm Check-In, Live Music & Yoga Marketplace
6:30 pm Yoga Class with Beryl Bender Birch
Turnure Park
26 Lake Street | White Plains, NY 10603


Welcome summer under the open sky as Get On Your Mat For Mental Health returns on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 5:30pm! Join The Mental Health Association of Westchester for an empowering and energetic community-driven mega-yoga event in Turnure Park in downtown White Plains. A “Best of Westchester” award-winner and named “one of the world’s most inspiring mega-yoga events” by well+GOOD, the event features mindfulness, meditation, movement and music – all for a good cause. Prior to the yoga class, enjoy the sounds of Brooklyn's popular House of Waters while strolling through our "yoga marketplace," which showcases vendors, businesses and organizations near and dear to our heart. Led by renowned teacher Beryl Bender Birch, Get On Your Mat For Mental Health raises vital awareness and support for behavioral health issues and services. Register early: the first 250 registrants will receive free yoga mats, courtesy of White Plains Hospital!

Join the movement

YogaPhotoWe all know someone – a friend, family member, coworker – whose life has been affected by a mental health issue. And at MHA, we know that recovery is possible. In fact, we see it every day.

The word kula – Sanskrit for “community” or “tribe” – is often used by yogis to convey a sense of inclusion and belonging that can be cultivated through the practice of yoga. The concept can also be used to describe the inspiration and motivation that stems from practicing yoga with those who have shared values. This feeling can then extend beyond the practice, as people branch out into the wider community, inspiring and supporting others.

At MHA, we strive to foster similar communities: where everyone is welcome, where we lift each other up and inspire change. In our community, shame, stigma and discrimination have no place.

Help us make our community stronger and our conversation louder. The more we talk about mental health issues, the easier it is for others to talk -- and get help.

Tell the world that you think #mentalhealthmatters. Register, fundraise and #bethemovement!

Beryl Bender Birch

Beryl Bender BirchAn avid student of classical yoga since 1971, Beryl has been teaching yoga and training yoga teachers as "spiritual revolutionaries" for 40 years and is the bestselling author of many books on yoga. 

Beryl  is a renowned teacher, not only for her knowledge of classical yoga and her studies of the Yoga Sutra, but for her abilities to brilliantly and intuitively access a student’s weaknesses and misalignments, both physically and psychologically, and prescribe specific yoga practices for healing and growth. Her down to earth, accessible style of teaching has made her a beloved and highly sought after teacher. A portion of ticket sales will go toward the Give Back Yoga Foundation, of which Beryl is the co-founder and board chair.

"Beryl is my kind of woman, a pragmatic practitioner of yoga...someone who takes you on a spiritual and physical journey with the proper mix of realism, compassion, joy, and laughter. She is the perfect guide to help us all appreciate the rewards of yoga." - Katie Couric


House of Waters

House of WatersHailed as "the most original band on the planet" by NY Music Daily, House of Waters delivers innovative and inspiring world music. The Brooklyn-based trio recently debuted their newest album to a #2 spot on the ITunes World Music Charts. All About Jazz calls the record "a rare and beautiful gem," while Time Out NY calls their performances "a sight to behold." Read more about House of Waters and check out their music here >>>


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