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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow hosted a charity evening for an organization that offers instruction in yoga and meditation to students in New York public schools last Wednesday, February 25.

The evening raised money for Bent On Learning, a group set up in 2001 with the aim of improving the physical fitness and cognitive, social and emotional skills of New York City public school students by providing regular instruction in yoga and meditation.

The evening featured cocktails and dinner and was attended by celebrities such as Russell Simmons, Christy Turlington, Kelly Rutherford, members of the Beastie Boys, and many others.

Every year, Bent On Learning brings yoga to more students in more schools and youth centers, from Brooklyn to Manhattan and the Bronx. They offer special classes for students with learning disabilities and for pregnant teens as well as classes for teachers to learn ways to incorporate simple yogic techniques and mindfulness training into their teaching.

More information about the organization can be found here.

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