by Annette Pinder

Yogis of all abilities are invited to experience the mental and physical health benefits of yoga at the second annual Yogathon for Suicide Awareness & Prevention on Sunday, September 18 from 9 am to 1 pm. (Class time is 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.) Presented by Independent Health and Power Yoga Buffalo, the Yogathon will benefit mental health programs at Mental Health Advocates of WNY (MHA).

“There is no denying the strong connection between mind and body,” says Jennifer Picone, Manager, Corporate Wellness, Independent Health. “The practice of yoga has the potential to transform bodies, minds, and lives.” Power Yoga’s Jennie Pearson says, “The class is designed to be fun, empowering, and deeply invigorating for your mind and body.”

MHA helps save lives through education regarding signs of depression, anxiety, coping skills, and suicidal ideation. The organization also provides opportunities for youth to connect socially, helps reduce access to harmful medications and firearms, and offers 24-hour help and support through

A dedicated yoga practitioner, MHA’s Executive Director Melinda DuBois, is well aware of the connection between yoga and mental health. DuBois says, “Moving your body, paying attention to your breath, and being present in the moment are all wonderful ways that yoga can help with depression, anxiety, and trauma. Yoga is for everyone and can benefit all of us.”

The Savarino Companies arranged for Yogathon to take place at 500 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY 14204. Participation cost is $25 per person. Visit to learn more and register.

MHA is dedicated to raising awareness of mental health and wellness, and supports individuals and families living with mental illness through a variety of non-clinical programs and services. Learn more at