Yoga fest at Palisade High School for suicide awareness

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PALISADE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- All weekend at Palisade High School, people have been doing downward dog and mountain pose for suicide awareness.

More than 20 different classes have been held at the school for the public. Free classes were available for veterans, first responders and youth, as organizers say they're at higher risks for suicide and mental health.

Those with the festival say their goal is to expose the community to the tool yoga can be for mental health.

“We know with yoga, meditation, mindfulness, breath work, that that can work on mental health and possibly translate to suicide prevention, suicide awareness," said Elizabeth Whitt, yoga instructor and founder of festival.

More than 200 people attended the festival. Proceeds from the event go toward District 51 suicide awareness programs in the Grand Valley.

If you or a loved one are in crisis, please call the suicide hotline at 800-273-8255.

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