I have been so pleasantly surprised by the St. Louis yoga scene since moving back. A few years ago there were just a few studios to check out, but now there are a ton more (including my beloved Baptiste style Metro!) — plus now we have YogaBuzz!
Yoga Buzz is a one-year-old St. Louis nonprofit created by an adorable lady named Elle. They put on events all over the city (Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Fox Theater, the Planetarium, a taco restaurant…!) and the idea is to make yoga a fun event so that people that perhaps are intimidated by it or wouldn’t go to a studio will come check it out and realize the awesome benefits of yoga.
Yoga Buzz raises money for scholarships (like the one I’ve applied for) and tons of other great causes. Last Thursday I went to an event called “Heart’s Center Celebration” where all proceeds went toward created a yoga program for local veterans at the VA hospital.
It was at the beautiful Union Station down town.
My friend Stephanie went with me. She’s my co-lead on the Wellness Learning Community since we’re both super into yoga and nutrition and mindfulness practices and things like that.
This was Yoga Buzz’s largest event ever with about 300 yogis all gathered to practice together!
We did yoga to a live reggae band called Non Stop Reggae. They were a blast. Also savasana to “Every Little Thing Is Gonna Be Alright” is awesome.
They even had a lady up front painting this beautiful lotus WHILE we practiced! It’s going to be donated to a yoga-themed art show that Yoga Buzz is planning.
After the hour-long practice, we heard quickly from a local veteran on how yoga has helped her manage her PTSD. So powerful, and really put meaning to why we were all there.
And then, FOOD. Tons of local restaurants donated food samples afterward! Stephanie and I stocked up on Mission Tacos, salad and sandwiches from Seedz, and a kale salad. They also had beer and cider samples (<3 4Hands Ressurected), Ices Plain and Fancy Ice cream, sushi from SubZero and more. YUM:)
They also had a little expo set up where you could go talk to different yoga studios in the area, often getting discounts, or even try out some cool stuff like aerial yoga, acro yoga, pole dancing and more. And massages. I go for the chair massages. AND TO LEARN TO JUGGLE. I almost forgot!!
The Circus Harmony Flying Trapeze Center was there giving out 2 for 1 coupons (totally want to try trapeze!!) but they also had a bunch of balls to learn to juggle. I gave it my best effort.
After Stephanie and I had sufficiently stuffed ourselves, talked to all the local studios, gotten our 5 minute chair massages and taken approximately 15 larabars each from the Whole Foods booth (with permission!) we were ready to head home. I took her up through the Grand Hall of the Union Station hotel to show her how pretty it was, and to check out the whispering arch of course.
It was seriously the COOLEST event, for such an awesome cause, and I am so so thrilled that my city has stuff like this going on. Thank you, Yoga Buzz!!!
- Does your city have anything like this going on?
- Where is the coolest place you’ve ever done yoga?