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By Jessica Newton
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Pechanga hosts free, community yoga day benefiting veterans with PTSD


Last updated 5/16/2019 at 4:52pm

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Pechanga Resort Casino is hosting a free community yoga and meditation day, June 21, on the new event lawn.

From child's pose to mantras, yoga and meditation promote healthfulness and mindfulness in a myriad ways. Pechanga Resort Casino will host a free community yoga and meditation day in honor of International Yoga Day Friday, June 21. In its second year, four well-known Temecula yoga and meditation instructors will take to their mats to lead four free classes available to the public.

The complimentary yoga and meditation classes are open to all ages on the new event lawn at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula.

From 9-10 a.m., yoga for all levels will practice with Ashley Fiala of the Temecula Yoga Collective.

Bautista Spears of the Temecula Yoga Collective will host guided meditation from 10:15-10:45 a.m.

A second session of guided meditation will be held from 12:15-12:45 p.m .; the teacher will be announced later.

From 1-2 p.m., all levels hot yoga will practice with D'Andre Clayton of Hot Yoga Healthy You.

The event is free but is donation-based with the option to give any amount to the featured charity. This year, all donations will benefit a program through Give Back Yoga Foundation that helps U.S. veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to Give Back Yoga Foundation, one in three U.S. service members previously deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan are coping with PTSD or another stress-related disorder. Organization statistics also show veterans account for one out of five suicides.

The Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans program comforts veterans and their families by helping them find a calm and steady body and mind through yoga, meditation, breath work, yoga nidra and meditation.

Pechanga is a major supporter of U.S. veterans and first responders. In addition to International Yoga Day, Pechanga launched a program to hire 10 veterans or first responders and their prescribed service dogs to work in the security department. Two out of the 10 positions are currently filled. Pechanga also hosts blood drives benefiting patients at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to check in. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat. Spa Pechanga mats can be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis. No prior registration is necessary to attend the event; however, visit the Facebook event group for updates, parking information and more.

For questions about Pechanga Resort Casino, visit or call (877) 711-2946.

Submitted by Pechanga Resort Casino.


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