A central Ohio yoga studio is one of about 20 nationwide that will host a "yogathon" Saturday, June 15, to raise awareness and funding for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

A central Ohio yoga studio is one of about 20 nationwide that will host a "yogathon" Saturday, June 15, to raise awareness and funding for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Stephanie Rosenblum, co-owner of Gahanna-based Burn Yoga, said studios across the country will conduct classes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. as part of an inaugural fundraiser called "Yoga Gives to St. Jude Kids."

All proceeds will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center devoted solely to children.

"The cool thing about this yogathon is that we're the only yoga studio representing Ohio," Rosenblum said. "You don't have to attend every class. You can attend as many as you want. Our instructors are donating their time. It will be very cool."

St. Jude spokesperson Rachel Kerr said the event is designed for people of all ages with diverse levels of experience to not only stretch their bodies but also open their hearts for children who are battling cancer and other deadly diseases by raising funds through the nine-hour yogathon.

Because of fundraisers like this one, she said, no patient family ever pays St. Jude for anything, and its research discoveries continue to be shared freely so that one child saved at St. Jude means thousands more saved worldwide.

In fact, Kerr said, St. Jude researchers and doctors have helped extend overall survival rates of childhood cancer from 20 to 80 percent over the past 50 years.

Rosenblum said a former student had contacted her and co-owner Becky Lottridge about hosting the benefit.

"We're always doing events to give back," Rosenblum said. "When she told us about it, I thought it would be great. Our instructors are donating their time. We'll have our own separate Burn fundraising team. We wanted to come up with fun, creative classes."

Anyone who wants to form a fundraising team or sponsor a participant or team may do so by going online to stjudeyoga.org.

"If they want to just come in, they would go under the Burn Team, and the fee for the class would go to St. Jude," Rosenblum said. "The idea is to raise awareness. We want to show that yoga isn't intimidating. It's fun. It's good for what ailments you have."

She said yoga is an exercise for the mind and body.

"When you're in a certain pose, it not only strengthens your hams and glutes, but you're (also) stimulating your organs," she said. "It also helps the nervous system, circulation and your respiratory system. It teaches you, with breathing, how to calm the mind and de-stress the body."

Rosenblum said Burn Yoga, 153 Mill St. in Gahanna, opened in August 2011.

The business has 10 instructors and conducts about 30 classes per week.

"As Americans, we are go, go, go," Rosenblum said. "You have to relax yourself. You can come in and laugh. We use more traditional, fun music. You can get lost in the music. We make it a fun way to practice."

For more information about Burn Yoga, go online to feelitburn.com.

St. Jude, located in Memphis, Tenn., was founded by the late entertainer, Danny Thomas. His daughter, actress Marlo Thomas, remains involved with St. Jude.

For more information, go to stjude.org.