Del Mar Library has long been a place where the community gathers to check out books, but also participate in a growing list of programs. One of those programs is chair yoga, a free weekly class that first launched in September 2015. The class has since become so popular, a second class started in January at the local library.
“Libraries provide a place for the community to gather, learn and grow,” said Branch Manager Polly Cipparrone. “By offering yoga classes and related resources, Del Mar Library helps to foster a healthy, engaged and vibrant community.”
The classes are made possible by International Chair Yoga Association, a nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Ann Clark. ICYA aims to increase access to yoga through teacher training, social media and educating the public about chair yoga.
Dr. Clark is also the founder and CEO of San Diego-based ACI Specialty Benefits, a provider of employee assistance, wellness, concierge and student assistance programs. ICYA came about after Dr. Clark installed a dedicated yoga studio at ACI’s corporate headquarters for employees to participate in free on-site yoga classes.