Blissed Out Yoga and Fitness Studio raised $2,500 to support a member who recently left a toxic marriage. Karen Peterson photo

B.C. Interior yoga studio raises $2,500 for woman leaving abusive relationship

The 100 Mile House studio held a fundraiser yoga class and accepted donations from members to help the woman

A yoga studio in the B.C. Interior raised more than $2,500 to assist one of their members who recently left an abusive relationship.

The Blissed Out Yoga and Fitness Studio in 100 Mile House held a 90-minute yoga class on April 8 with admission by donation to raise the money and also accepted e-transfers from their members to raise the funds.

The studio organized the fundraiser after it was brought to owner Karen Peterson’s attention that one of their members, who must remain unidentified, was going through a difficult time and needed help.

According to Peterson, the woman was ending a toxic marriage and left home with her children. The woman found a new home for her family, but couldn’t come up with enough money for rent.

“She felt stuck in this relationship because she couldn’t financially afford to leave it,” said Peterson. “I have gone through similar experiences in my past marriage. I know what it’s like to have nothing and to depend on a person, even if that person is the one who is abusing you.

“It was a very brave decision to leave.”

RELATED: ‘I hated who I was. I had a hard time looking in the mirror’

After a brainstorming session, studio members created a Facebook post explaining the situation and announcing the fundraiser class.

Almost immediately, Peterson said she started receiving donations through email and after just two days the studio was able to pay for the woman’s first month of rent. Within four days, enough money was raised to secure a used vehicle for the woman and her children.

“After the actual event, we secured enough money to get her insurance and groceries,” Peterson added. “It was this rippling effect of love and support from the people who share the space of the studio.”

Peterson said the studio is like a support group and someone is always willing to help, no matter what the situation is.

“At the studio, we call ourselves a “tribe” and anybody who walks through that door becomes a part of our tribe,” she said. “It’s such a family here.”

Peterson described the woman as a quiet type at first who has become more engaged over time. She said that when the woman learned what the studio had done for her, she was overwhelmed with emotion.

“I don’t think anybody has ever done something like this for her,” she said. “She was so grateful and touched by this act of kindness.”

After a few weeks, the woman seems to be in a better place, Peterson said.

“If we stick together and help one another, we can achieve great things and make opportunities such as this, a reality for someone.”


newsroom@100milefreepress.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

CGL must revise impact assessment on Unist’ot’en Healing Center

Environmental Assessment Office not satisfied with report’s shortcomings

Confusion surrounds terms of RCMP withdrawal from pipeline construction area

B.C. Deputy Commissioner clarifies terms of agreement following minister’s statements

Two Terrace ringette athletes help regional team win silver

The Pacific Ring AA Ringette Tournament took place in Richmond, B.C.

Groups in Terrace receive grants from logging profits

Money comes from the city-owned Terrace Community Forest fund

VIDEO: B.C. senior recalls ‘crazy’ wartime decision to grab bear cub from den

Henry Martens – now 96 – says he was lucky to be alive after youthful decision to enter a bear’s den

B.C., Ottawa sign sweeping 30-year deal for northern caribou habitat

West Moberly, Saulteau co-manage new protection on two million acres

Eyes on police after Trudeau orders blockades torn down, injunctions enforced

The RCMP in B.C. have sent a letter to the traditional leaders of the Wet’suwet’en Nation

B.C. massage therapist suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct

While suspended, Leonard Krekic is not entitled to practice as an RMT in B.C.

Cheapest in B.C.: Penticton gas prices dip below $1 per litre

Two stores in Penticton have gas below a dollar.

Loans or gifts? Judge rules woman must pay B.C. man back $7K

B.C. judge rules that woman must pay back more than $7,000 in advanced funds to man

VIDEO: Outpouring of worldwide support for bullied Australian boy

Australian actor Hugh Jackman said ‘you are stronger than you know, mate’

‘A horror show:’ Ex-employee shares experience at problematic Chilliwack seniors’ home

Workers are paid below industry standard at all Retirement Concepts facilities

Forest industry protests northern B.C. caribou protection deal

B.C. Mining Association supports federal-Indigenous plan

Most Read