On the surface, the similarities between the practice of yoga and CrossFit are nominal. Beyond the mat, however, is another story. Members of two local fitness studios – CrossFit Real Fitness and Practice Yoga Naples – breathed new meaning into their respective practices this January, raising more than $4,000 to support Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program in Southwest Florida.
Initially established as a health and fitness program dedicated to providing care to local Veterans and Warriors, Home Base’s Southwest Florida arm has grown to become a core part of the greater Naples community. Through this program, local Veterans can improve their physical health and well-being through supervised physical exercise, education about health eating, living, sleep hygiene, stress management and the health benefits of physical activity.
Fundraising events like those held at CrossFit Real Fitness Naples and Practice Yoga Naples are critical to the continued success of the Southwest Warrior Health & Fitness program.
CrossFit Real Fitness Naples prides itself on its family-like member base and community mentality. The collective strength of its members was proven on January 6th, during the 24-hour “Hero WODathon (Workout of the Day)” fundraising event, which ultimately raised over $3,000 for Home Base through t-shirt sales, participant donations, and raffle ticket sales. Twelve brave participants joined forces to complete an impressive feat: 24 workouts in 24 hours, working in teams of three to complete one workout each hour.
“Helping out a great foundation like Home Base was a pleasure,” recalled Alex Lefcakis, one of the CrossFit Real Fitness Naples owners. “Our family of members at Real Fitness came through in a big way to help support Home Base’s efforts.”
A new yoga studio, Practice Yoga Naples, is already bringing new light into the community. The studio’s opening day event raised more than $1,000 for Home Base. Debra Grilo, the studio owner, first learned about Home Base while on vacation in Boston with a friend back in June.
“As a yoga instructor and psychotherapist with over 20 years’ experience, I was very impressed by the work Home Base does with Veterans,” she explained, recalling being particularly impressed by Home Base’s incorporation of therapy, yoga, and meditation – the efficacy of which she has witnessed first-hand in her own practice.
“I know the need is bigger than any of us can meet alone,” she continued. Though she was unable to attend Home Base’s second annual Run to Home Base in Ft. Myers at the end of January due to the opening of her studio, Grilo found a way to contribute by donating the funds she raised to Home Base.
“Practice Yoga is excited to support Home Base and to be of service for the men and women that have served for us,” she said.
In the future, there are plans to offer special membership for Veterans enrolled in Home Base’s Warrior Health & Fitness program in Southwest Florida, as well as their spouses. Yoga practice, led by a Practice Yoga Naples instructor, will also be incorporated into the Southwest Florida Warrior Health & Fitness program regimen, adding a new twist to the offering.
Despite the inherent differences between CrossFit and yoga, it is evident these two Naples studios were both founded upon a strong sense of community and drive to serve others, and Home Base is grateful for their continued support.
To learn more about hosting your own event in support of Home Base’s efforts in Southwest Florida, contact Home Base’s Development Officer Maureen Wade at firstname.lastname@example.org