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C-Street Yoga Studio to Host Benefit Supporting Standing Rock

Sangha Studio
Abi Feil-Watts
Sangha Studio

Springfield’s Sangha Studio will host a benefit tomorrow evening in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe protesting the build of the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

Owner Alex Maurer and employees Abi Feil-Watts and Larissa Compton put this into action in late November and have already received a large show of support.

The protest of the pipeline has sparked a large amount of “Stand with Standing Rock” campaigns across the country.

The benefit’s Facebook event asks, “We’ve thought about it, talked about it, and ‘liked’ and ‘shared’ on Facebook about it – so, are you ready to do something about it?”

Largely peaceful protests have been taking place for months against the $3.8 billion oil pipeline's route. They argue that  it infringes upon sacred tribal lands and could put the local water supply at risk. The Army Corps of Engineers recently chose not to approve a key easement for the 1,170-mile long pipeline which, for the time being, halts construction.  

Sangha’s benefit is being sponsored by other C-Street and Downtown businesses including, The Coffee Ethic, White River Brewing Company, The Wheelhouse, Mother’s Brewery, and Chabom.

From 6-7pm Feil-Watts will be leading a mixed level donation-based yoga class, and from 7-9pm there will be music provided by Smokey Folk. Also from 7-9pm will be a photo viewing, food, beer, coffee, and a silent auction.

In addition to Friday’s benefit, all proceeds from every Saturday morning yoga class in December will also be donated to the cause.  

The event comes a day before the Global Wopida on Saturday. The Wopida is a ceremony of gratitude – in both good times and bad. This event is set for 10am CST and will be led by Chief Phil Lane Jr. who is the hereditary Dakota chief. Those wishing to be a part of the Wopida can do so at one of the 49 locations around the country or by live-streaming.