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2009 WORLD WINTER SPECIAL OLYMPICS

February 9-10, 2009
by Urban Zen Staff

“As the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program reached out to the community, the potential applications of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program started to become clear. We witnessed the benefits of the healing arts in the care of cancer patients at Beth Israel Medical Center and in the care of victims of Hurricane Katrina at Vday SuperLove. We were honored to be a part of the World Winter Special Olympics and to see the profound impact on the community there.” -Donna Karan

On a cold February day, a team of ten Urban Zen Integrative Therapy volunteers arrived in Sun Valley to offer massage therapy, yoga therapy and aromatherapy to athletes, their families, coaches and medical staff. More than 200 individuals from countries around the world visited the Urban Zen Sanctuary. Special Olympic athletes and visitors were assisted in basic and restorative poses, breath awareness and meditation in the yoga room. Outside the yoga room, volunteers worked on guests with chair yoga, massage therapy and aromatherapy provided by UZIT sponsor, Young Living Essential Oils. Local volunteers from Hailey Yoga Center assisted as well as those from St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center.