What happens when you have hundreds of eager yogis, yearning for the opportunity to practice together in one ginormous sweaty array? You put them in a stadium. On Saturday, June 6th, yogis and yoginis from all over Western New York filled Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills, and flowed in support of raising money for the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Six teachers and 24 assistants led the class, all hailing from in or around Buffalo. Last week I had the opportunity to speak with one of the brains behind the operation, Steven Procknal. Based in Buffalo, Steve is a Baptiste-certified instructor who teaches everything from free outdoor classes in the heart of Buffalo’s Elmwood village, as well as Vinyasa Flow at Power Yoga Buffalo.
Yoga Travel Tree: Congrats on Namastadium! It sounded like an absolutely epic event with a huge turnout! What was the timeline like for putting something like this together?
Steven Procknal: The local Lululemon handled a lot of the events planning. We paired up with Children’s Hospital, which is highly connected to the Bills. This gave the event some pull, allowing the stadium fee of $25,000 to be waved. It took about seven months to put together.
YTT: How did you promote the event?
SP: Promoting worked by the store [Lululemon], Facebook, and having 24 assistants and 6 teachers for the class. That’s a lot of people you can reach.
YTT: Would you ever do it again?
SP: I would definitely do it again. You need a team, dedication, and hard work as well as a little luck! It went really well.
Registration for the event was $30, which included a goody bag and snack. The teachers included Marina Mukandala, Catherine Cook-Cottone, Steve Procknal, Kathleen Engelhardt, Patrick Moltane, and Joann Wu. Buffalo isn’t the only city embracing the power of Yoga. On May 17th, Dodger Stadium hosted a group class that included a ticket to a game and voucher for a free Dodger Yoga mat. Not a bad deal! Stay up to date on Yoga News with a new article each month featuring all that’s going on around the Yoga world!
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