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Yoga teacher, house fire victim, celebrates International Yoga Day by 'letting go'

Water damage remains throughout Sylvia Maxwell's house after a house fire. (Source: WALB) Water damage remains throughout Sylvia Maxwell's house after a house fire. (Source: WALB)
In celebration of International Yoga Day, Maxwell's fellow yoga lovers helped her get back on her feet. Source: WALB) In celebration of International Yoga Day, Maxwell's fellow yoga lovers helped her get back on her feet. Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Six days after a massive fire damaged an Albany home on Hilltop Drive, its homeowner, Sylvia Maxwell, turned to the yoga community to help her move forward from losing almost everything.

Last week, firefighters worked for hours to stop the blaze.

"There was water pumped in the house for 5 hours," said Maxwell.

The fire was contained to the attic, but water damage remains throughout the house.

"Not only is it burned up top, the entire house is wet," she said.

International Yoga Day, celebrated Wednesday, June 21, came less than one week after the home went up in flames.

Maxwell created the Albany Yoga Project, which gives free yoga classes to organizations in the community.

Wednesday, in celebration of International Yoga Day, Maxwell's fellow yoga lovers helped her get back on her feet.

They focused on "letting go," one of 5 "yamas" or guidelines in yoga. It represents non-coveting, letting go of unnecessary material things.

"It's clutter, so it becomes brain clutter. We're not able to think as clearly," Maxwell said.

Fellow yoga practicers, including Jessica Harris, helped Maxwell clean out damaged items Wednesday.

"The feeling of this home burning is really just so symbolic to what we learn as a yoga community," said Harris.

While Maxwell works to find out how long it will be until she gets back in her home, she said it's her focus on yoga basics that is keeping her grounded in such a difficult time.

"When you leave this earth, you can't take one grain of sand with you. So, what does that matter. What matters is our connections with people," she said.

Maxwell planned a free yoga class for Wednesday night at 6 p.m. to continue celebrating International Yoga Day.

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