Beach Yoga Jam for a Cause

Whole Foods Market Tampa hosts a beach clean-up and fundraiser for the Whole Planet Foundation

Beach Yoga Jam for a Cause is a beach clean-up, yoga session, and drum circle held at beautiful Picnic Island Park in Tampa! Local yoga instructor Chay Prieto will lead a relaxing outdoor yoga class, followed by a sunset drum circle with talking drum ("tama") master Baye Kouyate. We’ll get things started at 2pm with a beach clean-up. The plastics that are collected on the beach will be used to create a piece of recycled artwork to create a visual reminder of ocean plastic pollution.

Saturday, March 16th – 2pm to 6pm

Picnic Island Park, 7404 Picnic Island Blvd, Tampa

A $5 suggested donation for the Beach Yoga Jam will go to the Whole Planet Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides grants to microfinance institutions in communities around the world. A loan as small as $200 can spark lifelong change for a poor entrepreneur, providing her the means to create or grow her own business and secure a steady income and stable future for herself and her family. If the foundation reaches its campaign fundraising goal of $5.7 million, it will have enough funds to create nearly 36,000 new loans that will help more than 200,000 people with the chance for a better life.

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Tara LaSalla

Inspiration can sometimes be found in the most unusual ways. For Tara, it came in the form of a movie based on a Peter Benchley novel. Steven Spielberg's version of 'JAWS' became a worldwide phenomenon at the time, but unfortunately it also served to spread a great deal of misinformation about sharks.

Tara was fascinated by these creatures from a young age and throughout her schooling she realized that these fish were vital to the health of the world's oceans. This led her to attend Eckerd College in St Petersburg, FL where she received her degree in marine biology.

Tara currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL. She is the co-owner of Going Green Tampa and is an active community leader in the form of environmental and marine conservation and education. Her work with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Tampa Bay Watch and other local organizations continues to inspire those around her to protect our natural resources. She holds true to one of Mahatma Gandhi's principles: "Be the change you want to see in the world."


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