Sarah Hiller and Tina Terry will lead two yoga classes at Gila Community College Dec. 15. A $10 donation is requested.

If the holidays are stressing you out, drop by the first-ever Yoga Holiday Charity Fest at Gila Community College.

Whether you are an expert or have never tried yoga before, all levels are welcome.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at GCC, 201 N. Mud Springs Road in room 301. A suggested tax-deductible donation of $10 is requested.

Yoga instructors Tina Terry and Sarah Hiller are offering two classes. The first is a 25-minute all-levels yoga flow with Terry and the second, an hour-long restorative yoga known as Yin with Hiller.

Terry, 72, said her class will be very gentle and participants can even sit in a chair.

That will be followed by Yin yoga, a slow-paced style where postures are held for up to several minutes, which helps with circulation and flexibility.

The idea for the event came about one afternoon as Terry and Hiller were talking about a way to do something for the community. Both women teach at Club USA and settled on a fundraiser.

Participants are asked to bring a $10 donation with all of the money going to the Friends of Rim Country Gila Community College, which awards scholarships to GCC students.

Terry also teaches yoga and English at GCC, something she started several years ago after leaving Payson High School.

Terry started practicing yoga when she was 50, looking for a way to get her stress under control and get in shape.

She found yoga not only calmed down her Type A mind, but also cured a lot of her aches and pains.

Terry, who took ballet for 13 years when she was younger, said yoga is like “ballet for old folks.”

“It has that same choreographic dreaminess,” she said.

The women hope to make the yoga charity fest a quarterly event.

There are a limited number of mats available for the Dec. 15 class so bring your own mat, blanket and props if you have them.

For more information, call Terry at 928-595-0528 or Hiller at 253-820-6125.

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