ONLY ON SUNRISE: 'The Yoga Tree' branches out into community

Eau, Claire WI (WEAU) - Thomas Jefferson once said, "a strong body makes the mind strong."

It's a concept that a new local organization is using to branch out into the community to benefit local charities.

"I've been teaching yoga for about 10 years, but I really dove in about 5 years ago, when I was diagnosed with cancer. Coming out of that, I really wanted to do is passionate about,” says Amy Annis of 'The Yoga Tree.'

It’s not a sight you would normally see in someone's basement, but for breast cancer survivor Amy Annis, it’s a passion.

"Yoga is such a great way to live a healthy life and I used that as part of my healing process,” says Annis.

For the last year, she's been stretching her branches into the community through an organization called 'The Yoga Tree.'

"I always had the idea in the back of my head that at some point I wanted to do some kind of karma, yoga project and I just have 3 wonderful friends who are also passionate about yoga and teaching it in the community. 'The Yoga Tree' happens once a month. We have kind of gone through the different charities we feel strongly about and that we know serve the Eau Claire Chippewa Valley community,” says Annis.

So while Amy donates time, others like Rose Wiechmann donate money to help a specific charity in the area.

“I've attended yoga tree a few times. It’s nice to see the community coming together for a cause first of all. Then seeing all the other people in town that also do yoga and just a great group activity on a Saturday morning,” says Wiechmann.

"I'm very humbled by it and very grateful for the ability to do what I love, every single day,” says Annis.

Eau Claire, WI ( WEAU) - "Right now for Eau Claire County, we know that 1 out of 8 people are living food insecure,” says Rachel Keniston of the Community Table.

With winter temperatures plummeting below freezing, finding food is proving to be more difficult for some.

"It affects all of us when someone finds themselves homeless. There’s an emotional impact. There are financial impacts to the community,” says Keniston.

But thanks to Amy Annis, one of the founders of 'The Yoga Tree,' the Community Table can continue to help feed those in need.

"The community comes and they usually will bring a $10 donation, sometimes a little more and 100% of the money goes right into the hands of charity that morning,” says Annis.

"That means we can serve really nutritious meals here. We can have entrees so when people come in for whatever reason they come in, they're getting good healthy meals,” says Keniston.

This Saturday, yogis young and old can take to their mats to enjoy health and relaxation.

At 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. head to 3701 Highway 12, Eau Claire for yoga classes through 'The Yoga Tree.' All the proceeds go toward the Community Table.

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