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Yoga benefit helps homeless with identity

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Toledo, Ohio (WNWO)—

“Twenty five plus people are here donating their funds, their time, and their practice to support the homeless in our community,” said Still Waters Yoga Studio owner Kathie Jaskolski.

Getting relaxed while giving back was the goal at Still Waters in Monclova during their Living Compassion benefit class.

"Yoga teachers in the greater Toledo area decided that they wanted to support Tent City," said Jaskolski.

Tent city as founder Ken Leslie describes it, is a weekend long festival of compassion, " providing hot meals and assistance for homeless Veterans and those without a home. 1Matters, the local nonprofit hosts tent city.

The money raised from the Yoga benefit goes towards Tent City,but the cash won't just get thrust into a donation pile. It has a specific purpose- paying for birth certificates and ID's , which is often the first step for those looking to obtain housing.

“You can't get a a job if you don't have an ID, and a lot of times if you don't have your birth certificate you can't get an id to have a job," said Leslie.

Though this isn't the first time Yogis have stepped in to help Tent City, organizers say it won't be the last.

"It's important that our community starts to spread beyond the walls of our yoga studio and offer our work in the world," said Jaskolski.

Last year, The greater Toeldo yoga community pitched in with the help of

To learn more about Tent City you can visit the website.

This year's Tent City takes place from October 20th to the 22nd.

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