NUTLEY, NJ - As the township continues to heal from the Park Ave. fire on Jan. 18, members of the yoga community came together on Sat. Feb. 15 to heal and support the family effected by the fire.
Owner Michael Giaimo worked with his team to plan an entire day of activities to support a Nutley family in their darkest days. Starting early Saturday morning, practioners of all skill levels joined Vinyasa classes in the spirit of community. The classes and yoga sessions were offered as an at-will offering, with all monies collected going to the family.
After a day of classes, there was a Satsang (or gathering) where Lou Redmond, who attended middle school and High School with the mother who was lost in the fire, lead a metta meditation. Cristin Shea lead everyone in a traditional chanting exercise used in yoga as a sort of affirmation, or prayer, in hopes to ease the suffering of those effected by the tragedy.
Those in attendance included people who know the family, others who witnessed the events of that day, and still others who felt the pain and joined the efforts to heal others.
Giaimo said that the response was better than he expected, but "this is Nutley and people come together to help one another."
Giaimo has used his voice, and business, to champion efforts to heal others, including efforts to help the local food pantry.
Good Vibes Yoga is located at 237 Franklin Ave. Nutley NJ.
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