June 26, 2014 at 6:30 AM
SPARTA, NJ - It was an unusual site at Beach One on Saturday afternoon. There were more than 40 people gathered to celebrate the longest day of the year and support a good cause.
Local yoga students and teachers came together to practice 108 repetitions of Sun Salutations on the Summer Solstice, taking advantage of the 15 hours of daylight.
Dana Calandrillo of Studio Vitality organized the event with six local instructors taking turns to lead the students through the poses of the ubiquitous practice. With teachers from different disciplines there were subtle differences to the practices.
“The differences made it interesting,” said Adrian Meerman, Kundalini Yoga student.
The yoga celebration even drew the attention of boaters and people walking on the boardwalk who stopped to sit and watch. Some of the bystanders made contributions as well. Local musicians provided accompaniment with guitar and bass throughouth the entire event.
This event was yet another community effort to support the Friends of Sal fundraising efforts to help the family of Salvator Sarrecchia. Sal lost his life in an automobile accident on I-287 in Bernards Township on May 18 of this year, leaving behind a wife and three young children.
Calandrillo was able deliver a check to Gil Gibbs, one of the organizers of Friends of Sal, for $675.