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RED BANK: YOGA AGAINST DOMESTIC ABUSE

officialpicttureottm-4721516The artistic team of singer/songwriter Allison LaRochelle and Yoga instructor Eleonora Zampatti take their unique healing powers of music and movement on the road in the Ode to the Moon Summer Tour; a benefit for victims of domestic abuse.

Press release from Ode to the Moon Yoga

Last year, Red Bank yoga instructor Eleonora Zampatti launched Ode to the Moon (OTTM), a unique artistic brand of yoga that combined the healing powers of art, music and yoga to benefit women suffering domestic abuse.  She was recently commended by the benefactor of her efforts, the non-profit organization 180 Turning Lives Around, with their Outstanding Community Partner Award.

Danielle Buccellato, the owner of OTTM’s home base Renaissance Pilates in Red Bank was also honored. Every month during the new moon, OTTM offers the healing power of yoga to its clients. All profits, including the sale of homemade clothing and jewelry at the events, benefit 180, the organization dedicated to the support of Monmouth county women suffering domestic violence.

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Volunteers and community partners recently honored by 180 Turning Lives Around include (left to right) Lorraine Mann, Outstanding Volunteer; Debbie Underhill, Outstanding Volunteer; Detective Todd Smith, Outstanding Law Enforcement Partner, and Eleonora Zampatti, Outstanding Community Partner. 

“Yoga is the tool I used to heal myself, and that made me believe I was strong enough to make it,” explains Eleonora, herself a domestic abuse survivor. “I want Ode to the Moon to become that for other women.”

There is a musical component to the OTTM events, and together with her powerful and soulful singer-songwriter partner Allison LaRochelle of Middletown, Eleonor will be taking Ode to the Moon on the road in months to come, in affiliation with other yoga studios and organizations. The OTTM Summer Tour kicks off at Renaissance Pilates on Sunday July 26, at 5 pm. An art exhibit courtesy of Detour Gallery will feature artwork themed to the OTTM message of healing and empowerment. 180’s Amanda’s Easel art therapy program will also represent its survivors’ art. NY Yoga and Lifestyle Magazine will be on hand to meet and greet patrons. The 60 minute OTTM yoga class, accompanied by live music, will begin at 6 pm (visit the website for tickets).

The tour continues in the tri-state area as follows:

  • August 14, 6:30 – 7:30; Spring Lake Pavilion, Spring Lake, NJ, sponsored by Barre & Soul.
  • August 23, 10 to 11 am, Pier 13, Manhattan, sponsored by Renaissance Pilates Hoboken.
  • September 18-20, Hamptons YogaFest in Bridgehampton, NY.

Then on October 23-25, OTTM takes its program all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to London, England, as part of the OM Yoga Show.

In conjunction with the summer tour, OTTM is re-launching a special Instagram challenge with photographer Claire Sheprow of Asbury Park, called “Breaking Open.” It presents a series of lyrical images and poetic words to empower and inspire those to break away from the overwhelming entrapment of abuse.

Admission for all summer programs is $25. Tickets may be ordered at the indicated website. You can follow Breaking Open at hashtag #breakingopen, or by searching eleonorazampatti.

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