Annual yoga benefit held at CrossFit HomeBase

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hOMebase Yoga Benefit participants at CrossFit HomeBase in Canton

hOMebase Yoga Benefit participants at CrossFit HomeBase in Canton

More than 70 yogis recently showed off their skills at the fourth annual hOMebase Yoga Benefit for Veterans at CrossFit HomeBase in Canton. The event generated close to $16,000 for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, which provides much-needed services and support for active military, veterans and their families.

Jacqui Bonwell, event founder and yoga instructor, with Danny Dwyer, veteran and yoga instructor

Jacqui Bonwell, event founder and yoga instructor, with Danny Dwyer, veteran and yoga instructor

Event founder and yoga instructor Jacqui Bonwell of Canton taught the class along with instructors Bill MacDonald, also of Canton, and Danny Dwyer, a veteran who served in the Air Force, National Guard and Army. The class featured live acoustic music performed by Erica Magro Cahill and Andy Cahill, a guided meditation, a roll call and candle lighting in memory of veterans who lost their lives in service to their country, and remarks from Bonwell, Laura Lakin, veterans outreach coordinator for the Home Base Program, and Kevin Foley, Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran and owner of CrossFit HomeBase.

Foley spoke about his tours overseas and the care he received through the Home Base Program after his return home, which inspired him to open his CrossFit studio. Larkin discussed Home Base’s latest efforts to provide veterans and their families the help they need to combat the invisible wounds of war. Yoga, which is recognized for its benefits to physical and emotional health and well-being, is one of the many mind and body services offered to veterans through Home Base.

Since its founding in 2012, the hOMebase Yoga Benefit has raised more than $72,000 to support the Home Base Program, which is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war for post-9/11 service members, veterans and their families through clinical care, fitness and wellness-based programs, community outreach, education and research. To learn more and support the Home Base Program, please visit www.homebase.org.

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