‘Yoga 4 Hope in the Vines,’ huge success, organizers say

Participants of the fifth annual Temecula Yoga 4 Hope in the Vines complete the Human Tree. Courtesy photo
Participants of the fifth annual Temecula Yoga 4 Hope in the Vines complete the Human Tree. Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – This past Sunday, Michelle Trabelsi hosted her fifth annual Temecula Yoga 4 Hope in the Vines.  The event took place at the beautiful Fazeli Cellars Winery on de Portola Rd in wine country.  Nearly 100 yoga practitioners of all levels, from Inland Empire and San Diego gathered together for an all level practice to support the efforts of City of Hope’s cancer research, and to bring awareness to the benefits of yoga practice for patients with life-threatening illnesses.

Yoga instructors, from left, Karson Mc Ginnley, Jennifer Anderson, Ashley Fiala, Claire Petretti, Michelle Trabelsi, April Taylor and Katie Burke led participants in yoga exercises to raise money for City of Hope’s cancer research during the fifth annual Temecula Yoga 4 Hope in the Vines, earlier this month. Courtesy photo
Yoga instructors, from left, Karson Mc Ginnley, Jennifer Anderson, Ashley Fiala, Claire Petretti, Michelle Trabelsi, April Taylor and Katie Burke led participants in yoga exercises to raise money for City of Hope’s cancer research during the fifth annual Temecula Yoga 4 Hope in the Vines, earlier this month. Courtesy photo

The event started with healthy breakfast items, and the beautiful flute and drum sounds of Lonnie Sumrall. There was an amazing line up of veteran yoga instructors and lululemon ambassadors from Temecula Valley and San Diego including, April Taylor from Isvara Yoga in Murrieta, Ashley Fiala from The Yoga Collective in Temecula, Jen Anderson from The Little Yoga Room in Murrieta, Michelle Trabelsi from Michelle Trabelsi Studio in Old Town Temecula, Katie Burke from Core Power in San Diego and Karson Mc Ginnley from Happy U Yoga in Ocean Beach. Claire Petretti, cancer survivor and co-founder of Yoga for Hope San Diego, was the guest speaker and represented City of Hope.

“The morning was full of inspirational messages and a beautiful practice of love, gratitude, kindness and creating possibilities,” Trabelsi wrote in a press release. “It was emotional for many and inspiring for all, as there were a dozen or so cancer survivors among us, and those touched by cancer. The event of course, ended with the Yoga 4 Hope traditional Tree Circle with Mimosas to look forward to, and wine tasting and brunch at Fazeli Cellars.

Trabelsi said she wished to send out “a very special thank you to Fazeli’s, E.A.T. Marketplace, Organic Roots, Juice it Up Temecula, Starbucks Old Town, Perfect Bar, KIND Bar, Valle de Brumme, Aromas and KRAVE for supporting our event.”

To date, the event raised nearly $5,000 and as of press time donations continued to come in. One-hundred percent of donations go directly to the City of Hope.

“We will be taking this balance and Creating a TEAM Temecula Yoga 4 Hope in the Vines,” Trabelsi said.  “Our balance will build from here for Yoga for Hope San Diego in August.”

Fifth annual Temecula Yoga 4 Hope in the Vines participants do yoga exercises during the event, held Saturday, May 14. Courtesy photo
Fifth annual Temecula Yoga 4 Hope in the Vines participants do yoga exercises during the event, held Saturday, May 14. Courtesy photo

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