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Athletes Give


We love to help others.

You will always find us ready to raise money for a cause, volunteer at a race, or teach a donation class.

Yogis love to give back, too! (And aren’t yogis athletes, too?)

Saturday, June 15, 2013 yogis around the country will unite to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Yoga Gives to St. Jude Kids.

20 studios around the country, including Tampa Bay’s own Yogani Studios, will participate in this inaugural fundraising challenge. It’s an eight-hour community Yogathon designed to provide an outpouring of positive energy and financial funding for children battling cancer. St. Jude’s is the ONLY National Cancer Institute with a Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children.  What’s more? No family ever pays St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for anything and its research discoveries continue to be shared freely, so that one child saved at St. Jude means thousands more saved worldwide.

Local Tampa Bay Yogis, helping the cause include:

Team: Yoga Tampa Bay

Nathan Bangs leads the Yoga Tampa Bay team, which has multiple Tampa Bay yogis grouping together to raise money for the cause. Afraid to fund-raise alone? Join his team. The registration fee has been waived and fundraising with a group is always better than fundraising a lone!

Individual: Kerri Mersereau

Kerri says “I am second place right now for fundraising, so great big thanks to those who have donated and if you haven’t donated yet, there is still time to give. I also accept donations of loving, positive thoughts and you are welcome to practice alongside of me for any of these classes (all held Saturday 6/15 at Yogani).”

To support Kerri, visit: Kerri’s page.

Regardless of where you live or your Saturday conflicts, you can still help out! Make a general donation to the event here. More information is also available on the awesome blog Thrifty and Frugal Living! Check out Crystal’s post, here.

Here is the schedule of events for Tampa:

The Registration fee to participate has been waived. Most of the classes and events are also open to the public–what a great way to get in and support those competing in the Yogathon!

8:00am – 8:30am    Welcome/Breakfast
8:30am – 9:45am    1st Yoga Session: Yoga 101 (beginners) OR Hot Flow (intermediate – advanced)
9:45am    Short Break
10am – 11:30am    2nd Yoga Session Power Yoga (beginners – intermediate) OR PreNatal
11:30am – 12pm    Light Snacks12pm – 1:30pm    3rd Yoga Session Bikram (intermediate) OR Flow (all levels)
1:30pm    Lunch: Demo booths, music, massage
3pm    4th Yoga Session: Bikram3
3pm    5th Yoga Session: Yoga Sleep/Meditation with Annie Okerlin:

This session is a great way for the public to get involved! Suggested donation: $10 to St. Jude’s.
Enjoying your Yoga practice? Ready to dive further into your practice of self-inquiry? Come experience authentic, deep relaxation through “yogic sleep with awareness.” This special one-hour Yoga Nidra will be accompanied by a Sound Healing Journey by Eluv. Come into a deep, guided meditation while the crystal healing bowls take your rest to a whole new level.
During your practice of iRest, you will be supported in a reclined position by bolsters and blankets as the facilitator takes you through a meditation that involves body sensing, intention setting, emotional awareness and the practice of finding an inner resource. No physical asana (postures) will be practiced. This practice is suitable for ALL levels of practitioners as it is a guided meditation. Become more grounded, focused and at peace. Embody serenity.

4:30pm    Closing Ceremony: Top Fundraiser Awards; Prizes; Check Presentation; Celebration
5pm    Event Close

Yogani Studios is located at 1112 W Platt St Tampa, FL 33606. To see a full class schedule and sign-up for classes, please visit the Yogani website and/or Facebook Page.

Questions? Visit stjudeyoga.org, check out the Facebook event page or call (813) 868-2700.


  • Jennifer Pug Pug

    June 13, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    What a wonderful cause. <3

  • Nichole

    June 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    What a great cause, Lora!