Yogis in Service will celebrate the grand opening of its East Side brick and mortar studio inside Resurrection Lutheran Church next weekend.
Yogis in Service (YIS), a nonprofit group founded in 2014 by University at Buffalo professor, psychologist, researcher, writer and yoga teacher Catherine Cook-Cottone, offers free, trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness classes and workshops to underserved communities in and around Buffalo.
The group serves more than 100 people a week. An open house will start at 10 a.m. next Saturday with a yoga class open to all at the revamped studio, 3 Doat St.
The grand opening will run till 1 p.m. and also include demonstrations by Acro Yoga Buffalo and Carlos “B-Boy Gage” Duenas, live drumming, a DJ and refreshments.
Resurrection Church and Pastor Gary Steeves offered the space for the new studio. Ongoing weekly classes, along with workshops and teacher trainings, are free and open to the public. YIS runs on donations that cover the cost of classes, insurance and maintaining the website, yogisinservice.org.
The studio was built with not only financial donations – including $15,000 from lululemon athletica and $1,500 from Ingram Micro – but donations of materials, time and labor from several local businesses including O’Brien’s Quality Service Flooring, designer Jonathon Casey (Solid 716), architect Frank Sturniolo, Joanne Wu and Leslie Rothschild. David Baker brought construction volunteers from Nativity Lutheran Church in East Aurora and the West Seneca Department of Public Works.