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Yoga Reaches Out Yogathon

What is Yoga Reaches Out Yogathon?
This annual day of practice and celebration brings together yoga practitioners from all over to raise funds to bring lifesaving answers to children fighting devastating disease. Our next Yoga Reaches Out Yogathon will take place in-person on April 23, 2023.
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Who can participate?
Yoga Reaches Out Yogathon is open to all, ages 16 and up. All levels and styles of yoga practitioners are welcome.

How do I register?
Register as an individual, join a team or start your own.
Register here

Do I need to pre-register?
Yes! We expect the day to sell out. Registration will not be available at the event. Please note, registration closes on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at noon.

What is the day like?
Yoga Reaches Out Yogathon consists of two main yoga sessions—a morning and an afternoon practice. The morning practice is taught by New England based yoga instructors, and the afternoon session is led by a nationally-recognized headliner. In between sessions, participants can grab lunch, shop our marketplace vendors, visit our photo area, and more. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace and rest at any time.

What COVID-19 protocols will be in place?
Boston Children's Hospital will adhere to all COVID-19 protocols put forth by the state of Massachusetts, the CDC and Gillette Stadium at the time of the event.
If you have questions, please contact us at yoga@chtrust.org.

Are COVID-19 vaccinations required?
Boston Children's strongly recommends all eligible individuals be vaccinated against COVID-19.

What if it rains?
In the case of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside to the Socios.com Field House. Participants will be notified in advance of the event and directed to the appropriate location upon arrival. Adequate spacing and ventilation will allow us to continue to adhere to any COVID-19 guidelines in place at the time of the event if we must move indoors.

What if I’m a nursing/pumping parent?
We’ll have a designated lactation space for any parents participating, courtesy of our friends at Reliable Maternity. We do advise you bring your own pump and your own cooler as refrigeration is not guaranteed.

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Donations and fundraising

How do donations help kids?
Your funds help provide lifesaving care and support to patients and families, through the Boston Children’s Hospital Every Child Fund. When you fundraise, you advance promising research, care for kids facing complex illness and give parents supports that enable them to stay by their child’s side.
Learn more about your impact

How can friends/family/colleagues donate to my Yoga Reaches Out efforts?
Your supporters can donate by:

  • Giving online by credit card on your personal fundraising page.
  • Making a check out to Boston Children's Hospital. Please have your donor write your name and “Yoga Reaches Out” on the memo line so we can ensure the donation is posted to your fundraising page.
  • Giving you cash. Write a personal check or exchange cash for a bank check and mail it to us — please do not mail cash. Please write your donor’s information on the envelope so we can add them to your fundraising page.

Where do I send donations?
Encourage your supporters to donate online through your personal fundraising page. If the donor prefers to write a check, make checks payable to Boston Children's Hospital and mail to the address below along with this form.

Boston Children’s Hospital Trust
Attn: Gift Services/ Yoga Reaches Out
401 Park Drive, Suite 602
Boston, MA 02215
Boston Children's Hospital's Tax ID number: 04-2774441

Please include a note clearly identifying the Yoga Reaches Out participant that the donation should be credited to. Allow 7-10 business days for the check donation to be reflected on your personal fundraising page.

Will donors who give by check appear on my personal fundraising page?
Yes. Our gift processing team will add donations received in the mail to your personal fundraising page. Offline donations may take 5-7 business days to be reflected on your page

Do you send acknowledgement letters for contributions?
Yes. Boston Children's Hospital acknowledges all gifts of $250 or more and sends receipts for these gifts per IRS guidelines. All online gifts will receive an automatic receipt.

I don't want to fundraise. Can I still attend Yoga Reaches Out?
Yes, you can register and make an outright donation of $300 via credit card or check to fulfill the fundraising minimum.

Do I still need to raise the minimum if I join a team?
Yes, each individual is asked to pay a $25 registration fee and required to raise the fundraising minimum of $300. If the $300 is not reached by May 11, the individual’s card will be charged the remaining amount due.

What if I don’t reach the fundraising minimum?
All participants need to meet the fundraising minimum by May 11. If you do not raise $300 by that date, your credit card will be charged the remaining balance.

How do I learn more about matching gifts?
Many companies offer matching gifts for their employees who give to non-profits like Boston Children’s Hospital. Increase the impact of your donation by applying for your company to match your gift now.
View our matching gift guide

Can I do a Facebook Fundraiser for Yoga Reaches Out?
Yes, we hope you will! You must create your Facebook Fundraiser through your Yoga Reaches Out Fundraising Center for donations to be counted toward your fundraising total. Please do not create a fundraiser directly through Facebook. You can also share your Facebook Fundraiser to your Instagram stories.
Find out how »

Will gifts made through my Facebook Fundraiser appear on my fundraising page?
Yes, but only if you create your Facebook Fundraiser through your Yoga Reaches Out Fundraising Center.

What is a Fundraising Center?
To help you fundraise, everyone who registers for Yoga Reaches Out will find all of the tools you need to meet (and exceed) your fundraising goal and track your progress. You can customize a fundraising page, access helpful resources, send emails to donors and more.

How do I access my Fundraising Center?
Your Fundraising Center is automatically created when you register for Yoga Reaches Out. Once registered, keep your eyes peeled for an email with the link to access your Fundraising Center and your login credentials. You can always access the Fundraising Center by visiting the Yoga Reaches Out homepage and clicking "Log in".

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Event day

What should I wear to Yoga Reaches Out?
Any comfortable, non-restrictive clothes appropriate for practicing in outdoor weather—we suggest dressing in layers. Most people practice in bare feet. You may also want to bring a small towel or blanket.

What else should I bring?
Because more than 1,000 participants will be coming together, please refrain from bringing anything that will take up a lot of space around your mat (coolers, large bags, etc.). Water bottles, snacks, and smaller items are fine to bring, but please refrain from eating and drinking on the field. Please do not bring anything of value since there is not a secure place to leave it.

Should I bring my own mat?
Yes. Mats will not be available.

Will hands-on assists be offered at Yoga Reaches Out?
No, hands-on assists will not be offered at Yoga Reaches Out Yogathon.

When should I arrive?
You can arrive at any time. We recommend you show up by 9:00am to enjoy music and get settled for the day. If you need to come a bit later, volunteers will be there to check you in and show you to your assigned mat placement.

What do I do with my shoes, cell phone and other belongings?
Please keep belongings with you at all times. We encourage you to bring a small amount of cash to use at our marketplace (some vendors will take credit cards or electronic payment). Please understand that we are not responsible for your valuables. Please silence your cell phone during the event. Taking pictures, using social media, and sharing your experience with others is encouraged but please be mindful that we’re striving for a meditative environment.

Is it ok to wear perfume/cologne?
Please refrain from wearing strong scents. Many people are sensitive or allergic to various scents and fragrances.

Can I eat or drink during Yoga Reaches Out Yogathon?
Feel free to bring snacks and water. Please refrain from chewing gum in the stadium. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase at the event. And we ask you not to eat or drink on the field.

Can I take pictures at Yoga Reaches Out Yogathon?
Yes! Please be mindful of not taking photos of people you do not know unless it is a large group shot. We encourage you to share the day on your social media! Remember to tag us @yogareachesout and use the hashtag #yogareachesout.

Will there be parking?
Yes. Free parking will be available around Gillette Stadium.

What is the marketplace? What types of vendors will be there?
Vendors from all over New England attend Yoga Reaches Out each year to showcase yoga and wellness related merchandise, programs, and services. Participants are welcome to browse the marketplace at any time during Yoga Reaches Out (we suggest before the event kicks off or during the lunchtime break) to peruse items such as yoga attire, health and beauty, jewelry and much more.
Please email us if your company is interested in being part of the Yoga Reaches Out marketplace

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Benefit classes

How do I learn more about hosting a benefit class?
Donation-based yoga classes are a perfect way to bring your community together and raise money for Yoga Reaches Out.
Learn more here

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