By Rachel Jones

Give back from your yoga mat! BYS Yoga offers donation-based classes every Friday, each one benefiting local charities. “Since the beginning, 10 years ago, we wanted to provide classes that anyone could come to, regardless of their financial situations,” explains Kristi Rogers, owner/director of BYS Yoga. Students pay what they’re able to for these 90-minute classes, then 50 to 100 percent of the collection is donated to a different charity, chosen by the students or the instructor. On Thanksgiving Day, the South Side studio will host a special class to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Rogers feels the timing is perfect, especially since the need for donations has risen. “‘Seva’ is a yoga term that means ‘service to others,’” Rogers explains. “This is our chance to put that yoga philosophy into action.”

Take a donation-based class this month!

November 7
6:30-8 p.m. taught by Levana Melamed, benefiting La Escuelita Arcoiris

November 14
6:30-8 p.m. taught by Ashley O’Hara, benefiting Jameson’s Army

November 21
6:30-8 p.m. YogaRhythmics taught by Nicole Zellie Lann, beneficiary TBD

November 27
9-10:30 a.m. taught by Julie Menge, benefiting the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

BYS Yoga, 1113 E. Carson St., South Side. 412.481.9642. bys-yoga.com.
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