ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Yoga Alliance, the non-profit organization dedicated to improving lives through Yoga, announces Saturday, January 23, 2010 as the date for Yoga Day USA 2010. A Yoga Alliance community event held in yoga studios, community centers, parks and beaches across the country, Yoga Day USA is an opportunity for Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs) and schools (RYSs) to raise awareness and change lives through the proven mental and physical benefits of Yoga. In the spirit of karma yoga, or service to others, hundreds of RYTs and RYSs throughout the U.S. will host free or low cost workshops designed to meet the unique needs of their communities. Many of these workshops will raise funds or in-kind donations for local charities.

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"For over 10 years Yoga Alliance teachers and schools have been coming together to share the life- changing health and wellness benefits of yoga with their communities," said Yoga Alliance President & CEO R. Mark Davis. "We are thrilled to bring Yoga to those who are discovering, rediscovering or continuing a yoga practice."

In 2009, 344 Yoga Day USA events took place from Maine to California — a 144% increase over 2008. Thousands of Americans including the young and old, flexible and not so flexible, athletes and couch potatoes came together to stretch body, mind and spirit.

A listing of Yoga Day USA events taking place across the country can be found at yogadayusa.org. Follow Yoga Day USA on Twitter or join us on Facebook .

About Yoga Alliance

Yoga Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving lives through Yoga. The Yoga Alliance directory represents over 25,000 yoga teachers and schools that meet internationally recognized standards of training, experience and ongoing professional development. Protecting the health and safety of society, these standards encompass the many aspects of yoga including anatomy and physiology, yoga lifestyle and ethics, teaching methodology, and techniques training, providing teachers with an important foundation for their yoga teaching practice. Acknowledged by the designation RYT, E-RYT, and RYS, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teachers and Registered Yoga Schools can be found at www.yogaalliance.org.

SOURCE Yoga Alliance

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