Beer, yoga and breast cancer awareness.
They don’t always go together. But the Westport Downtown Merchants Association has found a way to make a weekend out of all 3.
The group is gearing up for tomorrow’s 2nd annual Biergarten on the Green (Saturday, October 19). Last year’s event was a great one, though it drew about 100 out-of- towners for every 1 beer-drinker (and sausage-eater) from Westport.
Abbey has donated an enormous tent, covering most of Veterans Green across from Town Hall. Cathy Colgan — the WDMA’s event-planning genius — realized it would sit empty on Sunday, before being dismantled and picked up on Monday.
A cancer survivor, Cathy was already figuring out how to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Coincidentally, Norwalk Hospital’s Smilow Family Breast Health Center was searching for a way to raise awareness in Westport.
So — with help from Lululemon, coordinating local yoga studios — Yoga on the Green was born.
From 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Sunday (October 20), instructors from M3 Yoga, Saugatuck Studios, the Westport Weston Family Y, Oxygen Fitness, Yoga for Everybody, Venture Yoga and Yogapata will conduct yoga and meditation sessions.
They’re suitable for every age and level of experience. Just bring your own mats or towels.
The idea is to raise awareness that both yoga and traditional medical treatment can promote healing, relaxation and well-being.
Yoga on the Green is free, but a suggested $25 donation will help pay for holistic therapies that can ease pain and anxiety for Smilow Center patients.
Of course, the day before, Biergarten-goers can ease pain and anxiety their own way. In the same tent as yoga practitioners.
It’s a big one.