Local group brings free yoga to city’s east side

Yogis In Service new studio on Doat Street

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- It was a packed first class inside the Resurrection Lutheran Church on Doat Street Saturday morning.

Dozens of people from around Buffalo came to celebrate the grand opening of a free yoga studio there, organized by Yogis In Service.

The local nonprofit aims to make yoga accessible to everyone, in all of Western New York’s communities.

“We think of it almost as social justice. That tools as powerful as yoga shouldn’t be available only to people who can pay $99 a month or a $1,000 a year. It should be available to everyone,” said Yogis In Service’s founder, Catherine Cook-Cottone.

Yogis In Service received grants and donations from national and local groups, including Lulu Lemon. The space was donated by the Resurrection Lutheran Church.

“Class is free, there’s always a healthy snack and water after, and it’s all just included. We just want everyone to have an opportunity to practice,” yoga instructor Marissa Bland told News 4.

The class drew students as young as four, all the way up to people in their 70s.

“It makes me feel happy and it brings in peace for me. It makes me feel powerful too,” said 15-year-old Daijana Price.

But finding studios on the east side, isn’t easy, let alone studios that are affordable.

“To choose health is not the priority. It’s survival. And this way they get a chance to be able to improve their health and be able to participate and try to better their mind and body together,” said Alice Humphrey, who has been practicing for just over a year.

Yogis in Service will host free yoga at it’s new studio every Saturday.

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