Yoga poses raise more than $1,500 for Mission Services

FUNDRAISER: It was held at the John Labatt Centre

By Jane Sims, London Free Press (July 18, 2011)

London mayor Joe Fontana participates in a massive yoga class at the John Labatt Centre.

Breathe in. Breathe out. And help those less fortunate.

For every downward dog, plank, and reclining pose at the John Labatt Centre Sunday morning was help and money for Mission Services.

About 300 people stretched and meditated on the floor that is a hockey battleground in the winter with Yoga Shack owner Lisa Shackleton to raise more than $1,500 for the cause.

That included Mayor Joe Fontana, who was trying yoga for the first time, a little sore from a Saturday horseback ride with a grandson.

Fontana said he had time to “self-meditate” during the session and felt refreshed after it was over.

“This yoga is pretty darn good,” he said.

The idea for a charity class came from JLC executive chef Kim Sutherland. She and other JLC staff are Shackleton’s students.

“Your karma gets better from being around Lisa,” she said. She came up with the idea after a yoga class.

Asked what charity she would like to support, Shackleton immediately said Mission Services.

When she was a teen, Shackleton lived at the teen girls’ home and the three-quarter house. “They really helped to keep me on track.” She said Leaurie Noordemeer, the director of Rothholme Women and Family Services who died in April, “was like a second mother to me.

“I wish that she could be here but I know she was here in our hearts,” she said.

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