ode to the moon twophoto: A Special Ode to the Moon yoga/art event takes place on Jan. 25 at Renaissance Pilates in Red Bank to benefit 180 Turning Lives Around. Doors open at 3 pm to an art show ; a special yoga practice  is scheduled for 4 pm with a silent art auction and refreshments to follow. The yoga class cost is $25. 

Red Bank, NJ -  On Sunday, January 25, Ode to the Moon and 180 Turning Lives Around (180) invites you to celebrate the new moon in the New Year with the benefits of yoga and healing art in a special event to aid the victims of domestic violence. An art show, featuring the works of local artists and Amanda’s Easel’s participants, opens at 3 pm. (Amanda’s Easel is a project of 180, which brings art therapy to the victims of trauma and violence.) A special one-hour, new moon yoga practice, accompanied by acoustical music, and led by Ode to the Moon yoga teacher and founder Eleonora Rachele Zampatti, begins at 4 pm.  A silent auction of the showcased art and other art items follows the yoga class. Refreshments and food will be available.  The Renaissance Pilates studio is located at 8 East Front Street in Red Bank, NJ.  The cost of the yoga class is $25. All proceeds of the event will solely benefit 180.

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photo: The Ode to the Moon yoga practice was conceived by yoga teacher and Red Bank resident Eleonora Rachele Zampatti, a survivor of domestic violence, who seeks to bring awareness to this sensitive subject and raise money for 180 turning lives around to aid domestic violence victims.

Eleonora Zampatti, a survivor of domestic violence, originated the monthly Ode to the Moon yoga program to help other people caught in the cycle of abuse.

She explains, “All the arts are therapy to heal.  I found my own salvation through the movement of yoga and enhanced by the union of music.  As a painter and former educator, I also appreciate the healing powers of art therapy. Once I was acquainted with the amazing work of Amanda’s Easel, I sought to bring all these arts together to raise awareness to this often hushed subject and give sanctuary to its victims. ”

Amanda’s Easel Program Coordinator Cindi Westendorf, adds, “We do art therapy to help people get to another place.  I am amazed at how profound an effect art has on the soul. Yoga is also about that healing spirit.  We want to meet within this healing place to benefit so many people, to help them reach their potential and show them there is another way to live.”

Lending their talents and skills to the event will be vocalist, Allison LaRochelle, pianist Samantha La Rochelle (both from Middletown) and guitarist Tristan Garrity, Red Bank. Allison performs inspirational music to empower participants including her original songs written for the yoga series.  A juice tasting will be provided by Nourished by Nature, owned by Cassandra Mesce-Quarantello; food offerings are courtesy of local chef Sam Witten.

Anyone wishing more information can visit the Renaissance Pilates website at and 180 Changing Lives Around at http://180nj.org and at Eleonora’s website at http://www.embraceandbloom.com.

Below, are pictured the people behind the Ode to the Moon Healing Art event to take place on Sunday, January 25 at Renaissance Pilates in Red Bank to benefit 180 Turning Lives Around.  They are: Amanda’s Easel Program Coordinator Cindi Westendorf, Ode to the Moon yoga teacher and founder Eleonora Rachele Zampatti, and Middletown sisters-- vocalist, Allison LaRochelle, pianist Samantha La Rochelle.

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