A local yogi wants to help people connect to cleaning up our beaches through yoga. (File photo)

Rid Peachland’s beach of trash, get a free yoga class

Summit Yoga BC is hosting free yoga classes after beach cleanups in Peachland and West Kelowna

Get in tune with nature by cleaning up and Peachland’s and West Kelowna’s beaches before perfecting your downward-facing dog yoga pose.

Summit Yoga BC is hosting West Kelowna and Peachland waterfront cleanup events to ensure the protection of Okanagan wildlife.

Co-owner Vika Bradford said one of her biggest passions is looking after the environment, especially with the plastic crisis.

“My husband and I walk the waterfront every day and pick up garbage every time on the beach,” she said. As the basis of being a yogi, Bradford explained she focuses on the connection to nature and practice of mindfulness, and decided a by-donation yoga class would get more people involved in cleaning up.

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Peachland’s event takes place next Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. in front of Bliss Bakery. Garbage equipment is provided by the Regional District of the Central Okanagan.

“This class will be led by Vika Bradford of Summit Yoga BC, and will be open to all levels. This event is free and on a volunteer basis. We are open to donations: 50 per cent of the proceeds will go to our chosen charity Nature Trust BC and 50 per cent will go back into SYBC to keep running events like this,” the post said.

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After the cleanup, the Vinyasa Flow yoga class will be held at Harbour House Yoga. Bradford hopes to get around 30 people at the event in Peachland.

To sign up for the class in advance, which is recommended, visit eventbrite.com.

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West Kelowna’s beach cleanup will be held May 5 at 1:30 p.m. The yoga class will be held afterwards from 4 to 5 p.m. at The Hot Box West Kelowna.

A beach cleanup event will also be set up in Kelowna in June, but the date is yet to be determined, Bradford said.

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