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Ambu Yoga makes an impact

November 22, 2017
By ASHLEY GOODMAN ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Although sea turtle season ended last month, Ambu Yoga gives back to Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's Sea Turtle Research Program all year long.

Their New Moon Meditation class, which is held once a month at Alison Hagerup Beach Park on Captiva, gives all of their proceeds to SCCF's Sea Turtle Research Program.

Shelley Greggs, volunteer at Ambu Yoga and a board member at SCCF, said the studio gives about $2,000 a year to the program since the New Moon Meditation classes started three years ago.

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Shelley Greggs.


"The New Moon Meditation class is a very unique experience. It's pretty much strangers that gather on the beach once a month at sunset time and Yali (Zawady) has her quiet peaceful way and challenges all of us to think about what we want to release and what we want to add and change. She has a great way of taking us through meditation," Greggs said.

Greggs said the idea for the classes stemmed from owner Yali Zawady.

"She taught classes in her native country of Columbia and was very active there. When she moved here, she wanted to continue that outreach and that work so she paired up with SCCF," Greggs said.

The next New Moon Meditation is scheduled for Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. The suggested donation is $10-$15.

Greggs, who moved from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Sanibel in 2008, has been involved at the studio and SCCF for the past year. During the New Moon Meditation class, she shares info to guests about SCCF. As a board member at SCCF, Greggs is in charge of organizing events.

"This is how things work on the island, we end up supporting each other," Greggs said. "There's so many good causes on Sanibel and Captiva. The spirit of cooperation between businesses, individuals, agencies and non-profits is really strong. It's great to be a part of it."

With help from the community, SCCF had another record breaking year for sea turtle nesting. A total of 650 loggerhead nests were laid on Sanibel, and on Captiva, 189 nests were laid. Thirty-four green sea turtle nests were documented on Sanibel. In total, 41,000 hatchlings were counted this summer alone.

To raise additional funds for SCCF's Sea Turtle Research Program, a donor designed a reusable bag featuring a sea turtle. All proceeds from the bag will be matched by the donor and will go directly toward the program. The bag is available at Ambu Yoga and the Bailey Homestead Preserve.



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