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Furloughed BLM Worker Inspires Free Yoga Classes

A local Bureau of Land Management worker who is passionate about doing yoga thought he was going to have to give it up when he was furloughed.

Posted: Jan. 25, 2019 6:20 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- A local Bureau of Land Management worker who is passionate about doing yoga thought he was going to have to give it up when he was furloughed.

That's when the Rasa Center for Yoga and Wellness stepped in to help.

Jon Larson has been going to several classes a week at the center for the last four years. After the paychecks stopped coming in, he soon realized it was a hobby he wasn't going to be able to afford.

"I was trying to think of something that I might be interested in doing. I've been thinking about becoming a yoga teacher at some point so I thought I would reach out to Rasa and see what I could possibly do," Larson said.

He was able to begin working for the yoga center in exchange for free classes. 

Owner Mariane Corallo said Larson was the inspiration for free yoga classes for all furloughed workers.

"It allows people like Jon or anyone who is affected by things that happen outside of their control to have the community rally behind them, I think it's a really good support network," Corallo said. 

She asked her teachers if they would be willing to make the free classes happen and it was a unanimous 'yes.'

Larson said he can't thank the Rasa Yoga Center enough.

"I would really like to thank the community of Rasa for offering free yoga classes for furloughed employees and just making us feel a part of their community and really just bringing us under their wing, I feel grateful," Larson said. 

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