That is the motto behind Lovesweats, a community yoga initiative focused on making yoga accessible whilst raising funds for local charities. Lovesweats an aim to draw people out of social isolation and mental illness by fostering friendly connections and encouraging them to take care of themselves, instead of stressing about everyday problems.
SFGS - a community initiative that is all about self care and sustainable giving so that you are enabled to give back to yourself while also giving back to the world.
I was lucky enough to participate in Lovesweat's yoga launch at The Clothes Store, Carriageworks. The location is a large and empty warehouse which provided a lovely industrial-chic backdrop during our challenging but rewarding vinyasa yoga session.
Yoga in an empty warehouse? Why not! The acoustics provide a beautiful ambience.
I couldn't find my yoga mat that morning (classic unfit person problems) but Lovesweats graciously provided me with a spare. The yoga session lasted roughly an hour and whilst it was on the slightly more advanced side, it was not impossible - trust me, if I can do it you can too!
The session definitely made me sweat but the altruistic purpose behind this initiative (and the delicious goodies) made it all the more worthwhile. Our group was also a balance of both genders so if you're a male and feel intimidated by the number of women at your local yoga session then this may help you overcome any feeling of exclusivity.
Loveseats are running community yoga sessions in other locations including Grounds of Alexandria, The Greens North Sydney and Bondi. The best part is that proceeds are donated to a different local charity every month such as Wayside Chapel and Rough Threads.
Also, did I mention all these locations are close to some of the best brunch places around town! So grab a friend, sweat it out and then grab a tasty (and hopefully organic) meal afterwards.