FAQ

Have a question? Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions below.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Q. What is Yogathon – 108 Sun Salutation Challenge?
A. Yogathon is an initiative to create awareness about yoga and create interest in its practice for a healthier living.  The event challenges participants to complete 108 sun salutations and raises funds for Care For Children. A project of the Art of Living Foundation, Care for Children partners with rural and tribal areas in Africa, India and other underdeveloped countries to establish schools and other educational infrastructure. Yogathon – 108 Sun Salutation is the largest single-day, volunteer-led yoga event in Canada in support of education.

Q. When is the Yogathon?
A. The second annual Yogathon takes place on Saturday, August 17 2013 across Canada.

Q. Where is the Yogathon?
A. Yogathon – 108 Sun Salutation Challenge takes place in 10 major cities across Canada. Detailed information for each city is provided under the LOCATIONS menu.

Q. Who organizes the Yogathon?
A. Yogathon is organized and executed by volunteers of the Art of Living Foundation. The generous support of our volunteers helps keep costs down which directs more money to Care for Children.

Q. Do I have to actually have to complete 108 sun salutations?
A. No. Come participate in the spirit of yoga that will be witnessed on this day.

Q. Is the Art of Living Foundation a registered charity?
A. Yes. The Foundation is a registered Charity recognized by the Government of Canada. When you make a donation to the Foundation of $50 or over, you will be mailed a tax receipt. If you have any questions about tax receipts, please call 905-755-YOGA or email [email protected]

Q. How do I learn more about becoming a sponsor of the Yogathon?
A. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please call 905-755-YOGA or email [email protected]

 

REGISTRATION

Q. Do I need to pre-register for the event or can I just show up?
A. We recommend that you pre-register online to ensure that you are guaranteed space at the event.  But, walk-ups are welcome to come to the event.

 Q. Is my registration transferable?
A.  No.

Q. Can I bring a guest with me?
A.  Guests are welcome to the event to cheer the particpants, however each participant needs to pre-register themselves or register on the day of the event.

Q. Where do I find my online registration confirmation? 
A. Proof of registration can be provided in the following ways:

  • Email confirmation
  • Print out of personal fundraising page online -showing funds raised

Q. Can I register offline?
A. You may register by downloading the registration form from here.

Q. May I fax my registration form?
A. No, we are not able to accept faxed registration forms.

 Q. How much is the participation fee?
A. The participant fee is $25.

Q. Where can I pay my participant fee?
A. You have 2 payment options:

  1. First, participant fees can be paid online during the registration process.
  2. You can pay the fee on event day at the registration table. Registration fees cannot be refunded after payment.

Q. I registered as an individual, but now want to participate on an existing team or form my own team. How can I do this?
A. We’d be happy to help, please contact the Foundation at 905-755-YOGA or .

Q. I am already registered at a location, but now would like to change my location. How can I do this?
A. We’d be happy to help, please contact the Foundation at at 905-755-YOGA or .

 

EVENT DAY LOGISTICS

Q. When should I arrive?
A.  We suggest that you arrive 30 minutes before the event starts.  This gives you time to check-in at the registration desk, find your spot and relax.

Q. Do I need to bring a yoga mat?
A.  We suggest you bring your own yoga mat.  Yoga mats will be available for purchase at some event venues.  Check with your local city.

Q. Are there lockers on site?  Or a place to secure valuables?
A. No.  We recommend that you keep your belongings next to your mat.

Q. Is there a rain-date?
A.   Although we are hoping for sunshine, there’s something magical about practicing yoga in the rain! Not all cities have rain dates.  Detailed information for each city is provided under the LOCATIONS menu.

 

TEAMS

Q. How do I register a team?
A. A fast and easy way to register a team is by registering online. Select ‘Team” under the Register menu and proceed with the registration process.

Q. Can I register my team the day of the event?
A. Yes! Teams can register any day, including on the day of the Yogathon but we recommend that you pre-register to ensure that you are guaranteed a space at the event.

Q. I registered as an individual, but now want to participate on a team or form my own team. How can I do this?
A. We’d be happy to help, please contact the Foundation at at 905-755-YOGA or .

 Q. Is there a minimum or maximum number of members allowed in a team?
A. The minimum for a team is two members.  There is no maximum.

DONATIONS

Q: Where can I find a donation form?
A: You can make a donation using the Registration Form which can be downloaded here.

Q: What do I do with my cash donations?
A:  Cash donations must be accompanied with a completed registration form.  If your donors require a tax receipt, make sure you capture their address and name on the donation form in a legible format  You can bring the cash and completed forms to the registration desk on event day.

Remember, your forms are your proof of payment. 

Q: What do I do with my credit card donations?
A: All credit card donations are processed centrally at the Foundation after the event. Credit card donations will count towards your total fundraising goal.

Q. Why is the Card Verification Value Code (CVV) needed?
A. CARD VERIFICATION VALUE CODE (CVV) is an anti-fraud security feature to help verify that you are in possession of your credit card. For Visa/MasterCard, the three-digit CVV number is printed on the signature panel on the back of the card immediately after the card’s account number. For American Express, the four-digit CVV number is printed on the front of the card above the card account number.

Q. How do I submit in-person donations?
A. In-person donations – donations not paid online – will be formally counted as part of your fundraising when they are received by the Foundation. You can submit your in-person donations 2 ways:

  1. Bring them to event day and submit donations at the registration desk.
  2. Submitted in person to your local city event coordinator.

Q: I want to submit my forms before or after the event.
A: Please contact the Foundation at 905-755-YOGA or

Q. Do I have to collect the donations from the people who have agreed to sponsor me?
A: Yes. You are responsible for collecting the donations. If you are registered online, it’s simple and secure for your supporters to donate on your behalf. If you register offline, you can collect your donations and bring them to the registration desk on event day.

Q: When will the Foundation send out tax receipts for Yogathon donations?
A: The Foundation will issue tax receipts for all donations by March 31, 2014 – in plenty of time to claim the deduction on your income tax return.

Q: May I make a donation if I’m not participating in the Yogathon?
A: Absolutely. Donate online here.

Q: What happens if I registered with X fundraising goal, but could not meet the target?  Can I still participate?
A: Absolutely!  Always aim for the Moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.  Setting a goal and falling short, is still better than not trying at all.  Bumps along the way are to be expected, so just keep trying!  We like this chart!!  Read more about embracing your failures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAX RECIEPTS

Q: When will the Foundation send out tax receipts for Yogathon donations?
A: The Foundation will issue tax receipts for offline donations by March 31, 2013 – in plenty of time to claim the deduction on your income tax return.

Q: I have collected money offline. When can my donors expect a tax receipt?
A: Offline forms are manually processed at the Foundation. You and your donors can expect to receive tax receipts by March 31, 2013.

 Q. If I make a donation to my team, will I receive a tax receipt?
A. Yes, you will receive a tax receipt.

Q: Do I get a tax receipt for paying my participation fee?
A: The Foundation is not able to issue a tax receipt or refund the $25 participation fee according to CRA (Canadian Revenue Agency) guidelines.

 Q: How long is the tax receipt valid for?
A: According to CRA guidelines, you have up to 5 years from the date of issue to include this on your tax return.

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