Rise n Shine: Yoga for Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Rise n Shine: Yoga for Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Rise and shine early on Sunday, September 11 to salute the sun in the ever popular Rise ‘n Shine, Yoga for SLOCA event! Join us for the eighth annual event as St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness (SLOCA) and area yoga teachers come together to raise awareness and fund ovarian cancer research. Through this partnership with SLOCA, we hope to spread awareness of ovarian cancer as well as the restorative properties of yoga for all.

This event was created eight years ago by yoga teacher Michelle Abounader, who donated much of her time and energy into creating and building this event over the years.  Each year brought together over a dozen different yoga teachers from different yoga studios across the city, embracing the greater yoga community and celebrating the healing power of the practice.  When Michelle “retired” as event director after last year to focus on her family, Yoga Buzz was honored to help continue on the great tradition of community, remembrance, and awareness through 108 Sun Salutations.

Get a taste of what to expect here:

Why 108 Sun Salutations?

108 is considered a sacred number in the yoga traditions (as well as others).  Here are just a couple reasons why 108 is notable:

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  • There are 108 beads on a Mala, or prayer bead necklace (from which the rosary was developed).
  • The diameter of the sun is 108 times the diameter of the earth
  • There are 108 forms of dance in the Indian traditions
  • There are 12 constellations, and 9 arc segments for each constellation – equaling 108 segments total
  • There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet, each with a masculine and feminine variation – equaling 108 total
  • There are 108 phases of the moon, in Hindu traditions
  • The Heart Chakra is said to be the intersection of 108 energy lines that converge.

Live music will be provided by Bradford Smith & Friends, and an inspiring talk will be given by Dr. Teresa Knight, OB/ GYN.  Teachers will include Kelli McFarland, Jayden Almemari, Alison Hyde, Roxanne Krummenacher, Erin Irwin, Stephanie Beattie, Amanda Jones, Kelly Kelly, Mo Taylor, Jamie Austin, Kate Walsh, Donna, and more.

Tickets are $35 in advance, or $40 at the event.  Register here.


St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness is committed to impacting ovarian cancer survivorship by promoting awareness of early warning signs and standards of care, funding ovarian cancer research, and supporting survivors.

Watch 4 the Signs

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Urinary urgency or frequency
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly


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