Court Street between Main Street and Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY
Tell the world you believe #MentalHealthMatters and welcome summer under the open sky on Wednesday, June 20th at Get On Your Mat For Mental Health, an outdoor mega-yoga event benefiting MHA!
Participate in the open-level yoga flow class led by Sarah Platt-Finger. The fun-filled night also includes other activities that will leave you energized and focused:
Let’s come together as a community in support of mental health!
Get on your Mat for Mental Health
‘A calm, peaceful, introspective evening’ lead by Beryl Bender Birch continued MHA of Westchester’s work in spreading awareness and removing the stigma
By Amanda Kraus
Nearly one in five Americans experience mental illness first hand. Considering this staggering fact, it is likely that everyone is affected by psychological diseases in one way or another. We all know someone–a sister or brother, parent, friend, or coworker–who struggles with one or more of the myriad of mental illnesses. But if mental illness is so prevalent in our society, then why are we so reluctant to talk about it?
In order to get Westchester County thinking, The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) hosted an “On Your Mat For Mental Health” yoga event, in which Beryl Bender Birch, a renowned yoga instructor, lead a yoga class for all ages and abilities, in White Plains’ J Harvey Turnure Memorial Park.
It was meant to be; the rain held out, giving way to a beautiful, temperate evening, that also happened to be the summer solstice and the International Day of Yoga. The park was graced by the soothing, unique sounds of the Brooklyn-based group, House of Waters, preceding the yoga class, as well as a Yoga Marketplace, which featured local vendors, businesses, and organizations.
Before handing over the stage to Beryl, Charlotte Ostman, the CEO of MHA shared a few words. The purpose of hosting this event was to raise awareness of the issues surrounding mental illness as well as funds for their organization, and most importantly, to start a conversation within the community. “Shame, stigma, and discrimination have no place in our organization,” said Ostman. What better way to bring the community together than through yoga, a practice that not only benefits us physically, but also mentally and spiritually.
“Yoga isn’t just what you do on the mat, it’s what you do in your community to keep mentally and physically healthy,” remarked Birch upon gracing the stage. She spoke about the mental and spiritual benefits of yoga, and how it can help us keep in touch with ourselves and the present moment. Accompanying the conversation of mental health is the spread of practicing yoga. When we can acknowledge that yoga and health are undeniably connected, we can make more progress in our communities and our lives.
Even Beryl couldn’t deny the incredibly interconnected energy that was flowing throughout the park. I even forgot that we were in the middle of a bustling city. It was a calm, peaceful, introspective evening, that unfortunately had to draw to a close. But it doesn’t have to end there; the conversation is just starting. It takes one to influence many, to influence many more. A community is only great if it supports everyone in it. Since everyone is affected by mental illness, it is important that we get everyone talking about it. Once we normalize mental illness, we can begin to rid of its stigma.
Inside Press summer intern Amanda Kraus is a rising junior at Tulane University studying English, Philosophy, and Psychology.
Welcome summer under the open sky as Get On Your Mat For Mental Health returns on Wednesday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m. in Turnure Park in White Plains, New York! Join The Mental Health Association of Westchester for an empowering and energetic community-driven mega-yoga event featuring mindfulness, meditation, movement and music–all for a good cause. 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 while illustrating the positive impact of yoga on mental wellness.
To learn more, visit www.mhawestchester.org.
“One of The World’s Most Inspiring Mega-Yoga Events” Returns to White Plains This Summer to Raise Funds For Mental Health
The Mental Health Association of Westchester to Host Get On Your Mat For Mental Health
WHAT: Get On Your Mat For Mental Health is an outdoor mega-yoga event that raises vital funds for The Mental Health Association of Westchester. The event is expected to welcome more than 500 guests and will feature live music from House of Waters (“a sight to behold” – Time Out New York) and an hour-long yoga class suitable for all levels, taught by renowned yoga teacher Beryl Bender Birch. Get On Your Mat for Mental Health is a “Best of Westchester” award-winner and has been named “one of the world’s most inspiring mega-yoga events” by Well + Good.
- Beryl Bender Birch, legendary yoga instructor who has been teaching yoga for more than 40 years. Bender Birch founded the Give Back Yoga Foundation, created the concept of “Power Yoga” and has been hailed as the “perfect guide to help us all appreciate the rewards of yoga” by Katie Couric
- Lorin Richardson, Fios1 Reporter and Emcee of Event
- Charlotte Ostman, LCSW-R CEO of MHA as of June 5, 2017
- Dr. Adam Elias, MHA Psychiatrist
- MHA Client, to speak about how MHA has supported him through his recovery journey.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
5:30 p.m. Check-In and Registration open; live music; yoga marketplace
Remarks from Special Guests
6:30 p.m. Yoga Class with Beryl Bender Birch
WHERE: Turnure Park, 26 Lake Street, White Plains, NY 10603
WHY: Get On Your Mat For Mental Health is an energetic and empowering community-driven event that illustrates the positive impact of yoga on mental wellness while raising critical funds to benefit The Mental Health Association of Westchester, which provides vital support to more than 10,000 children, teenagers and adults each year through a variety of person-centered and trauma-informed services and programs. By attending this event, community members join our #MentalHealthMatters campaign, which raises awareness for mental health issues and helps end discrimination and stigma.
For more than 70 years, The Mental Health Association of Westchester has promoted mental health in Westchester through advocacy, community education and direct services. MHA offers a range of services that are recovery-oriented, trauma-informed and individualized to promote recovery and wellness. To learn more, visit www.mhawestchester.org.
The Inside Press is a proud Media Sponsor for this event.