Winter Park yoga-thon benefits breast cancer patient |

Winter Park yoga-thon benefits breast cancer patient

Lindsay McLaughlin is one who understands seeking a balance in mind and body and the healing powers of yoga.

Having practiced yoga for six years, with two years as an instructor at Mountain Moon Yoga in Winter Park, McLaughlin, 29, takes solace in the ancient practice – even more so now that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

As early as next week, she will undergo surgery and start radiation treatments and chemotherapy in efforts to overcome the disease.

To not only draw a pool of friends and supporters for McLaughlin, Mountain Moon owner Margaret Strom is holding a Yoga-Thon on Friday to raise funds for her.

McLaughlin, a yoga instructor as well as ski instructor for the National Sports Center for the Disabled, faces cancer recovery without health insurance.

“I just don’t make enough to pay for health insurance,” she said.

McLaughlin sees the upcoming Yoga-Thon as a positive way to prepare for the journey laid out before her.

“It’s about spreading awareness of breast cancer, the healing of yoga and the healing within,” she said.

“As soon as I found out I had breast cancer, I decided to take a positive look at it – to do something I’m passionate about and to do something to bring everyone together.”

Similar Yoga-Thons will be taking place in McLaughlin’s name in Mammoth Lake, Calif., San Diego, and Leesburg, Fla, because of her ties to each of those places.

The Winter Park Yoga-thon, consisting of a three-hour yoga and meditation session, will be held at the clubhouse of the Beaver Village Condominiums, Winter Park. Strom is asking participants to bring with them a healthy snack and a mantra of inspirational words to share.

The session is being provided free of cost, but participants are asked to provide pledges to McLaughlin’s cause. Pledge sheets are available at the Mountain Moon Yoga Studio located in the upstairs courtyard at the Winter Park Station, or at the National Sports Center for the Disabled, located at Winter Park Resort.

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