NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh, wide receiver Jacoby Ford and cornerback Brandon Harris put their yoga mats down and joined 1,000 of Nashville's yoga community last night during a sold-out, record-breaking yoga class celebrating the first inaugural Yoga event at LP Field, the largest ever held in Nashville.
The Titans hosted 1,000 participants for a record-breaking yoga class at LP Field, the largest of its kind ever held in Nashville. (Photos: Amber Harding)
All proceeds from the event will benefit Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based nonprofit with a mission to fight poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing.
"Our partnership with Yoga on the Field is the perfect fit and we couldn't be more honored to be the beneficiary," said Shannon Thompson, Soles4Souls Director of Corporate Engagement. "Yoga, being a barefoot practice, is the ultimate tie-in to support our anti-poverty mission. Soles4Souls is a global non-profit headquartered in Nashville that provides shoes and clothing locally, nationally, and globally. The timing of the event at LP Field is perfect as we distributed 10,000 pairs of shoes on Tuesday to metro kids in need."
The yogis placed their mats from end zone to end zone on the playing surface at LP Field for an hour-long class open to all ages and levels of experience.
The class was led by Hot Yoga Plus owner, Susannah Herring and Sanctuary Yoga owner, Daphne Larkin with all poses paired with music from DJ Mindub that kept everyone energized.
"Yoga brings us out of our head, into our body and connects us to our true self, said Daphne Larkin, Owner of Sanctuary Yoga. "It reminds us that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves. We become more grounded and are free to relate to the people around us in a much clearer way."
"The physical practice of yoga allows you to create space in your body and mind to make change," added Susannah Herring, Owner of Hot Yoga Plus. "Yoga on the Field is giving like-minded individuals in Nashville an opportunity to come together and collectively be the change we want to see in the city."
The class concluded with a social hour that included a cash bar, silent auction, autographed Titans gear, yoga packages, protein shakers and swag bags. Sensabaugh, Ford and Harris signed autographs and posed for pictures after the class.
"Soles4Souls is honored to be the beneficiary of Yoga on the Field," said Buddy Teaster, CEO of Soles4Souls. "Yoga is a perfect avenue to connect our anti-poverty mission to the desperate need for shoes and clothing in Nashville, the United States, and around the world. As a global social enterprise headquartered in Nashville, we are excited to connect with the community in a unique way and broaden their understanding of what we do on a daily basis to fight the devastating impact of poverty."
"We are pleased and excited to host such an enjoyable event to benefit such a worthwhile cause," said Stuart Spears, Titans chief revenue officer.
"Mats down" it was a great evening of celebration for Nashville's yoga community!
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Soles4Souls is a global social enterprise committed to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Since it began, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 22 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance, and holds a four-star rating with Charity Navigator. Please visit www.soles4souls.org for more information.