Yoga teacher organizes garbage party

By Stephanie Drummond
Sept. 14, 2014

A pass for a free yoga lesson sat on Scott MacTaggart’s fridge for a year.
MacTaggart was never one who felt like he belonged at the gym.
“I just always felt like I didn’t know what I was doing.”
Finally, MacTaggart decide to go for it.
“I fell in love with it. I let go of that feeling of ‘I shouldn’t be here’,” he said.
After a more lessons, he decided to become a Moksha yoga teacher.
Jen Allen, manager and teacher at Moksha Yoga in Charlottetown, said the process of becoming a teacher takes a full year.
“You go away to do a 30-day training session. It’s intensive training.”
After the 30 days, they are certified to teach 500 hours. Over the next year they must work on one project a month, focusing on the seven pillars of Moksha yoga: living green, learning, peace, accessibility, helping others, healthy living and community.
MacTaggart organized a garbage clean up along the University Avenue, ending with a free yoga lesson at Victoria Park for Saturday, Sept. 20.
“It’s nice to bring people together and to be part of our environment,” he said.
This is the second time MacTaggart had hosted garbage clean up along the busy street.
“I was surprised how much trash was along the street,” he said.
Although it is a dirty job, MacTaggart thinks it’s worth it.
“It’s nice to give back, even if it is only a little bit.”
Since the first time in the studio, MacTaggart has found his calling and encourages everyone to try a Moksha yoga session.
“It opens a lot of doors. It frees your mind.”
One of the ways is through heat. The temperature of the room is made to mimic the body, relieve and relax muscles and joints, Allen said.
“It makes you sweat. It’s cleansing to flush the body out of toxins.”
MacTaggart and Allen both agree Moksha yoga is good for all body types and ages.
“Encourage everyone to come to class and to do what you can. Moksha yoga is about making everyone feel included,” Allen said.

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