By Vittoria Woodill

RADNOR, Pa. (CBS) – A group of yoga practitioners gathered Wednesday at Villanova to raise money for charity.

Root Down & Rise Up was founded by yoga instructor Katie Breen.

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Years ago, she had an eye-opening experience which connected her heart to another world. That was back in 2013 during a trip to India
“I was introduced to Profugo through Villanova’s social justice documentary program,” she tells CBS 3.

The nonprofit organization inspired her to start a yoga practice in North Carolina on farmlands to connect her students to local agriculture.

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While home in Philadelphia on Christmas break, she held a class at her alma mater. All proceeds go back to Profugo.

“It opened my eyes to what humanity is and what life is all about,” says Breen.

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The roots she planted at Villanova continued to sprout throughout her entire yoga career.

Vittoria Woodill