Mother’s Day this year will take on a twist when hundreds gather to celebrate Mother Earth and to support Keep Rockland Beautiful. Motivated by the desire to spread the word to a larger audience of all ages about the importance of ‘green’ initiatives, Keep Rockland Beautiful will host a unique event – the longest yoga tree pose chain – on Sunday, May 14th at 3:00pm at
Rockland Lake State Park.
“The idea was born after our annual dinner when everyone in the room was asked to ‘strike a tree pose’ for a photo opp,” stated Susan Wilmink, Development Officer for Keep Rockland Beautiful. “The resulting photograph of people standing together as a forest of inter-connected trees, symbolized how we can all can do our part to work in harmony with the environment…and give a hand to Mother Earth.”
A yoga tree pose is a simple stance that virtually anyone of any age and ability can do by placing their
hands in the air like branches. Some may choose to do the more advanced version which includes lifting
one leg and pressing it against the other so you are standing on one leg. The pose helps improve balance
and mental focus and the result is a body that stands with grace and strength.
After everyone strikes a pose during the event – which will be captured on film by drone – participants
can take a leisurely stroll around Rockland Lake. The event might even break a Guinness World Record
which was set in India where 3,449 people gathered to form the largest yoga chain. Keep Rockland
Beautiful is going after that record and is encouraging schools, sports teams, Girl Scout and Boy Scout
troops, companies and other organizations, to join together to create a ‘branch’ to help support the
event. “We believe this is a wonderful way to enjoy Mother’s Day outdoors with family and friends and
be one with Mother Nature,” stated Wilmink.
Everyone is encouraged to take photos of themselves in a tree pose prior to the event and use the
hashtag #MothersDay4MotherEarth to promote the event on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter leading
up to the event to encourage others to participate.
The cost to participate is $25 for adults & teens; $10 for children ages 12 and under. Adults and teens
will receive a set of gardening gloves to commemorate the event; kids a fun eco-inspired gift.
Main sponsor for the event to date is Orange & Rockland. Others interested should send an email to
About Keep Rockland Beautiful
Keep Rockland Beautiful leads efforts to clean, protect, and beautify Rockland’s environment by educating and empowering people to share in the care and stewardship of our communities. Our Earth B.E.A.T. program engages students K-8 in a day of interactive activities on local ecology, waste reduction, water and energy conservation. Rockland P.L.U.S. involves high school students in planning for communities that provide a balance of Social Connections, Economic Opportunity and Environmental Sensitivity (S.E.E.). Each year, our Great American Cleanup and Fall Waterways campaigns rally and support over 4,000 volunteers who remove tons of debris from our streets, parks, and waterways. Participation in the cleanup raises awareness and brings home the value of community service. Youth and artists who participate in KRB’s Artful Receptacle program turn ordinary trash cans into works of public art.
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