Finding peace during the fire

DONATIONS: Yoga Instructor Kay Santucci has been donating proceeds from her yoga classes to the Red Cross Bushfire Relief Fund.
DONATIONS: Yoga Instructor Kay Santucci has been donating proceeds from her yoga classes to the Red Cross Bushfire Relief Fund.

A local yoga instructor has raised $270 to support those affected by the devastating bushfires around Australia by running a 'giving bowl' at her classes.

Kayoga Owner Kay Santucci encouraged participants to make a donation to the bowl on Thursday night, with a total of $150 going directly to the Red Cross Bushfire Relief Fund.

Ms Santucci also held a class on Tuesday with part of the proceedings going to the relief fund, raising a total of $120.

She said her 'heart breaks' for the communities affected by the fires, including the wildlife which has been devastated by the disaster.

"It's going to have a ripple effect on the whole of Australia for the years to come," Ms Santucci.

"I've been in touch with some of the wildlife parks and have spoken to the local one here to find out the different ways we can provide support.

"We've been making mittens for Koalas as well."

Ms Santucci said the classes were also an opportunity for people to try yoga for the first time.

"It's a beautiful experience for everybody on all levels - definitely on a spiritual level but also on a holistic level because it promotes healing," she said.

"The classes can help give people peace and hope. We try to promote that hope flowing out through us from what we learn in Yoga."

Kayoga classes are run every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30pm at the old Girl Guides Hall on Whitehead Street.