Yoga at the Library fundraiser in Steamboat benefits the Shaw family
January 31, 2019
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Yoga is healing.
"People come to yoga to heal physical ailments like back pain," said Sandy Fallon, owner of Rakta Hot Yoga studio. "Then, they discover that they start to heal their heart and their mind. Yoga opens you up on a physical, emotional and, even, spiritual level."
Laughing together, crying together, Fallon has witnessed both ends of the spectrum.
"It’s why people come to class during a blizzard, in negative 20 temperatures, in traffic — it heals," Fallon said.
If you go
What: Shaw Family Fundraiser
When: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2
Where: Library Hall, Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.
Like many in the community, Fallon was shocked and saddened when she learned that Sancy Shaw, a mother of four, a Clark resident and a North Routt Community Charter School teacher, was killed on Christmas Eve in a crash on Interstate 70 near Genesee.
The family's 6-year-old daughter Charlee was critically injured in the crash and remains in Children’s Hospital in Aurora. As of Jan. 30, Charlee is in recovery and improving. According to a Caring Bridge page that has been set up to update the community about her progress, Charlee is walking with assistance and no longer using her wheelchair.
To honor Shaw's spirit and help her family, a Shaw Family Fundraiser has been planned from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Library Hall. The event will bring the community together in healing and yoga.
Cam Prendergast will lead an all-levels Vinyasa yoga flow class, followed by a yin yoga session. He also will be incorporating his own guitar music in support of the Shaw family, which includes Brett, Wyatt, Mason, Jaxon and Charlee.
Brett Shaw was one of the first people Prendergast met when he first moved to Steamboat in 2017.
"When I mentioned to Brett that I would be proposing to my girlfriend (now fiancée), he lit up in illustrating how wonderful it is to be a father and husband," Prendergast said. "He grilled me about when I was going to ask her, nearly every day.
"I was devastated when I heard about the accident," he said. "As a yoga teacher, offering to lead this class is the least I can do to try to help them rebuild."
Yoga, Prendergast said, is healing and also a way to recover from stress and trauma on a variety of levels.
"Yoga is accessible to everyone," Prendergast said. "It's a genuinely approachable way to get some good exercise and find some mindfulness in our busy lives, despite the stigma that it's only for flexible people."
Prendergast trained at Power Yoga Hawaii in Honolulu and has been teaching since 2012. He is also a personal trainer with a focus on corrective exercise. Currently, he teaches a popular men's class on Fridays and is one of the Rakta Hot Yoga studio teachers.
There is a suggested donation of $25 for Saturday’s event. In addition, Rumor Design + reDesign has offered to match up to $1,000 in donations.