Fundraiser promotes the art of yoga

Yoga has been a hot topic in the fitness world for many years. Recently, enthusiasts gathered at a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization Bent on Learning, which aims to promote the holistic Eastern art among public school students, according to the New York Times.

Famous attendees included Molly Sims and Gwyneth Paltrow, who has been dedicated to the mind-body regimen for many years.

"[Yoga] is how I relax and calm down at the end of the day or in an airplane," she told the news source.

The event featured a silent auction, and one of the items up for bid was a yoga date with hip-hop mogul and entrepreneur Russell Simmons. The date reportedly went for a sum of $4,500.

According to Simmons, the principles of yoga are strongly centered in spirituality and can be adopted by individuals of any belief because the benefits are the same.

"The idea of yoga is to be awake," he told the news source.

The regimen is known as a welcoming one, in that it accepts people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience. Anyone can practice the relaxing stretches and poses of the system to achieve good health.

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