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Pottsville yoga teacher Anneliese Simke. (supplied)
Pottsville yoga teacher Anneliese Simke. (supplied)

Pottsville yoga teacher Anneliese Simke will be holding a yoga class next month as part of a part of a national fundraiser to help women access basic sanitary items

The inaugural national yoga event, Yoga4Dignity, is being organised by the group, Share the Dignity.

Anneliese will host a yoga class on Saturday 2 September as part of the national fundraiser.

It’s expected that hundreds of yoga classes will be held nationwide at 8am on the first weekend of Spring.

The goal is to have 48,000 participants – one for every homeless woman in Australia.

Yoga teachers and participants are encouraged to register to participate at www.sharethedignity.com.au/yoga4dignity.

Speaking on the charity event, Anneliese said: “I can’t imagine what it must be like to deal with the stress of being in a position of not being able to meet my basic needs. Participating in this event is a way to share the benefits of yoga and contribute in a useful way”

“Yoga has been as exceptional way for me to learn to calm my busy mind; focusing on being able to respond to a stressful situation rather than just reacting.”

“I sleep so much better; feel stronger, more flexible, and more peaceful and am connected to an amazing array of people all loving their own yoga journeys.”

Proceeds from Yoga4Dignity will go towards installing more ‘dignity vending machines’ in low-socioeconomic areas and schools.

In an Australian first, the machines dispense a free ‘period pack’ containing two pads and six tampons – enough to manage one day of menstrual flow.

Packs will be dispensed through the touch of a button up to every ten minutes.

Each vending machine costs $9,000 to create and install.

The goal of Yoga4Dignity is to raise enough funds to install a further 100 or more machines nationwide.

Share the Dignity founder, Rochelle Courtney commented on the charity and its inaugural yoga event: “Our mission is to enable and empower all Australian women and children to have the dignity they deserve.

To book a spot at Anneliese’ class at Pottsville, go to www.sharethedignity.com.au/yoga4dignity.

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