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Thursday, July 26
 

9:00am

Melt, Flow, and Fly into Higher Healing : Therapeutics Immersion with Yoga, Thai Massage and AcroYoga
Limited Capacity seats available

Come steep in a full exploration in the nexus of healing where yoga, Thai Massage, and Flying Therapeutics all converge. No Experience or partner necessary. We'll drop into a body awareness that is built on a soft sensitive slow yoga practice to encourage a rich connection to one another. First found in partner yoga, then elaborated in Thai massage. We'll see how the therapeutic benefits of Thai massage grow when elevated into flying flows. We'll support each other in flight and in practice speaking clear boundaries. This is sure to be a great way to drop in to wonderful weekend of yoga!

Presenter
avatar for Jean Jacques Gabriel

Jean Jacques Gabriel

Jean-Jacques Gabriel is a Haitian born artist and yoga teacher. He’s been practicing yoga since 2001, teaching yoga since 2006, and teaching AcroYoga since 2008. He has taught in public schools, prisons, nonprofits, businesses, and yoga studios. He loves sharing practices that foster... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
Hyatt Place Asheville/Downtown 199 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:00am

Anatomy Trains Workshop with Michael Watson
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This full day immersion will help yoga teachers and students alike learn anatomy in a holistic, relational, and practical way. You'll begin with a new way to map the body in terms of cells, the fascial fabric, and the neuromyofascial web that creates the foundation for a fully embodied experience of moving and breathing yoga. Based on the work of Tom Myers seminal book Anatomy Trains, this course teaches you how to identify common postural patterns, as well as strategies for cueing to awaken parts of the body that may need work. This course will introduce you to the the Anatomy Trains map of myofascial meridians, and from there you’ll travel from the arches of the feet and legs; to the fans of muscle around the hip, adductors, and the psoas; into an exploration of deep breathing involving the abdomen, diaphragm and the rib basket; along the springy spine; into how the the shoulders drape over the ribs; and ending with the neck, head, and jaw. This course invites us to explore the question of how are we shaped, and what shapes us.

Presenter
avatar for Michael Watson

Michael Watson

Beyond yoga, Pilates and Anatomy Trains teaching certifications, Michael leads advanced training programs, retreats & clinics worldwide. He has worked with athletes with disabilities at the Paralympic level & continues to develop ideas that integrate health, movement & wellness. As... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
Asheville Social Hall 81 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:00am

Radical, Responsive and Ready! Creating a Just World Through the Practice of Yoga
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During the Asheville Yoga Festival in 2017, we began a discussion about the external cultural and political landscape and its intersection with the practice of yoga. Friends, these are dark times that require an even deeper dive into understanding how we got to where we are and what skillful actions we can take in response. No one can escape the effects of white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism. It is time that yogis mindfully and actively engage in creating justice through the practice of yoga. Radical, Responsive and Ready will inspire you to change. Four yoga practitioners, Kerri Kelly, Chelsea Roberts Jackson, Carrington Jackson and Michelle will engage you in an exploration of the intersection of yoga and social justice. The session will include: a dharma talk, meditation, partner and group work, asana, and breath work. This moment is about you asking yourself to commit to creating a just world through your practice of yoga. We will guide you. Now is the time. Join us.

Presenter
avatar for Carrington Jackson

Carrington Jackson

Carrington began teaching in 2004. Her classes are a canvas of movement, breath, prayer and magic. Her passion is helping students to unify the pieces of self into the more powerful whole. She teaches internationally and is the Yoga In Action Coordinator for Off The Mat Into the World and regional leader for CTZNWELL... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson

A 500 RYT, Michelle's desires to create space for others to understand, feel, know, & embody that we are enough as we are. In a world where we are told we are broken, damaged, & no good, a world where oppression causes some of us to be unseen - Her goal is to empower people to connect... Read More →
avatar for Kerri Kelly

Kerri Kelly

Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, a movement to mobilize the wellbeing community into a powerful force for change. Her work was sparked on 9-11, when she lost her fireman step-dad in the towers. She quickly discovered the power of mindfulness, not just as a tool for personal healing... Read More →
avatar for Chelsea Jackson Roberts

Chelsea Jackson Roberts

Chelsea Jackson Roberts, celebrated yoga instructor, educator, and passionate change agent skilled in the art of cultivating community through yoga. With 10+ years of teaching experience in asana & meditation, Chelsea’s unique teaching style makes yoga truly accessible to a wide... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
OM Sanctuary 87 Richmond Hill Dr, Asheville, NC 28806, USA

7:00pm

Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band Kick Off Kirtan ~ hosted by Om Sanctuary & Asheville Yoga Festival ~ {+$20}
Limited Capacity seats available

Tonight we open the gates of our hearts and the Asheville Yoga Festival with an evening of soul-stirring ancient mantras given new voice through dynamic songs that merge New Orleans roots, rock, gospel, and world grooves. The band's latest album Unity debuted #1 on the iTunes World Music Chart and #3 on Billboard. Their music has appeared on several Putumayo World Music compilations, and they are the first kirtan-based band to ever play The New Orleans Jazz Festival.

Watch this video to get a feel for their live sound.

Presenter
avatar for Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band

Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band

New Orleans' Sean Johnson & Wild Lotus Band are celebrated as one of the guiding voices of bhakti yoga in America, sharing concerts and workshops year-round. Sean is also the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga in New Orleans, the Soul School teacher training program, and BHAKTImmersion. This... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
OM Sanctuary 87 Richmond Hill Dr, Asheville, NC 28806, USA
 
Friday, July 27
 

7:00am

Sunrise Meditation
Limited Capacity full
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Rise, shine & still your mind!

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Friday July 27, 2018 7:00am - 7:30am
Serenity Lounge N Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

7:30am

Spirit of the Mountains Vortex Tour ~ {+$40}
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.
This session requires a Vortex Tour ticket. Only 3, 4 day or single day pass holders may purchase this add on session.

Vortex Tour
This will be a unique opportunity to experience the powerful and magical energies in the ancient mountains of Asheville. DeAnne believes the wisdom and vibration of these mountains assist humans in creating bridges from lives that have been outer directed to more intuitive and authentic lives aligned with the individual’s true purpose. DeAnne has been guiding vortex experiences in Western Carolina for almost a decade and has discovered sacred and ancient sites, vortex energies and spiritual phenomenon in very pristine and remote areas. Most of this magical world is off trail and not found on any maps. When DeAnne is contacted by an individual or group for a vortex experience, she begins tuning into the energies, intentions and desires of those coming and designs a one of a kind outing that will allow for the most optimal and gratifying experience possible. She is excited to create an outing just for yogis and the Asheville Yoga Festival.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes you can climb around in and don’t mind getting dirty. You are welcome to bring water and encouraged to bring a small gift for nature.

Presenter
avatar for DeAnne Hampton

DeAnne Hampton

DeAnne is a teacher, radio host, author and energy intuitive. Her work is based in a New Paradigm of Consciousness and Energy called the New Human. Her guided nature experiences offer not only the opportunity to immerse yourself in beautiful, secluded nature, this experience will... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 7:30am - 11:30am
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

8:00am

AWAKE
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Be reintroduced to your own limitless potential through energizing movement, breath work and centering of your mind. Begin grounding your intention with slow meditative movement to link your body with your breath. Continue with a dynamic intermediate flow of poses that will activate your glutes and deactivate your lower back. Conclude with supine opening poses, allowing yourself to be fully present with an open heart. Walk away feeling more expansive and truly awake then ever before.

Presenter
avatar for Chelsey Korus

Chelsey Korus

Chelsey Korus is quickly becoming one of yoga’s foremost teachers and philosophers. She’s been featured in PopSugar, Prevention Magazine, Yoga Journal, Women’s Fitness, Mantra Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Shape, and is one of the top teachers on Yogaglo. Along with an exceptional... Read More →

Musicians
avatar for DJ Sol Rising

DJ Sol Rising

Sol Rising's original soundscapes evoke feelings of bliss throughout an eclectic mix of electronic music and hip-hop. Born in Vancouver BC, Sol Rising began meditating at age four with a walking mantra technique. His mother took him to visit numerous spiritual teachers, who inspired... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
YMI - OM Sanctuary Room 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

8:00am

Crafting the Perfect Sankalpa
Limited Capacity seats available

Swami Rama said that a perfect Sankalpa (intention) is one that is not informed by doubt, but born of hearts deepest desire. In this workshop we will uncover your perfect sankalpa through the practices of self inquiry,reflective writing, meditation and yoga nidra.

Presenter
avatar for Tracee Stanley

Tracee Stanley

Tracee began sharing her understanding of the ancient technology of Tantra when Yogarupa Rod Stryker initiated her into the lineage of Sri Vidya in 2001. The focus of Tracee’s teaching is empowerment, sankalpa (intention), self-mastery and healing. As a senior teacher in the ParaYoga... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room One 10 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

8:00am

Slow Juicy Vinyasa Pranayama
Limited Capacity seats available

Your practice will begin with meditation in motion, linking each movement to the breath, designed to open your energetic channels and chakras. Slower longer holds, restorative and yin postures mixed in make this a juicy practice, accompanied by deep rhythmic beats. Not to miss!

Presenter
avatar for Stephanie Keach

Stephanie Keach

Co-Owner and Founder of Asheville Yoga Center, Steph has been teaching Yoga since 1988. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, she moved to Asheville in 1997 to raise her 3 sons with her beloved husband Sunny. Her classes are full of humor, sweat, and real-ness.
avatar for Shala Worsley

Shala Worsley

Shala owns the Asheville School of Massage & Yoga and has been teaching at Asheville Yoga Center since 1999. Her style blends intuitive flow and attention to detail, a combination informed by her background in Kripalu, Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, and bodywork. She incorporates... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
Masonic Temple ~ Ballroom 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

8:30am

Aroma Yoga & Gong Bath
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Aroma Yoga® is a powerful mind-body experience through the use of potent essential oils marrying simple energy polarity exercises, yoga asanas, and affirmations with each of the chakras. Experience a simple awakening of the chakras sealed with a rejuvenating Gong Bath and Kundalini Meditation.

Presenter
avatar for Stacey Vann

Stacey Vann

Stacey has been sharing the transformative & integrative path of yoga around the globe since 1997. Her teaching style is infused with laughter, energy, & love. She encourages her students to attain stillness, contentment & freedom through a commitment to sadhana (daily spiritual practice... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Masonic Temple ~ Theater 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

8:30am

Yoga Harmony: Awakening the Elements with Live Acoustic Flow
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Wandering through the woods we connect with the magic of the elements of nature. Through the earth, our breath, yoga and sweet music we ground deep in our roots. We return to our heart space. The air is wild, free and full of possibility. Water nourishes our souls while reminding us to go with the flow... We ignite the fire of passion and light an awakening within, becoming one with the elements and connecting under one sun.Join National Yoga Instructor Becky (Tara) Eschenroeder (aka "Great Abiding Yoga") and Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Christie Lenee for a 90 minute flow with live music. May we align our breath to free movement and the rhythm of our hearts! 

Presenter
avatar for Becky (Tara) Eschenroeder

Becky (Tara) Eschenroeder

BECKY (TARA) ESCHENROEDER— A 500 HOUR E-RYT, 200 HOUR E-RYT, RCYT, YACEP —IS AN ACCOMPLISHED YOGI WHO WAS VOTED AS ONE OF THE TOP THREE YOGA INSTRUCTORS BY RICHMOND MAGAZINE. With some teachers, the lessons are planned. They are practiced. They are rehearsed. And they are perfected... Read More →

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Friday July 27, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Hilton Garden Inn ~ Pillar Rooftop 309 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

8:30am

One Love, One Heart
Limited Capacity seats available

"The more you give, the more you receive" will be brought to life on the mat. Danni, a yoga teacher & ambassador for the one love movement, will guide you through a creative & perpetual flow to warm the body. He will then skillfully deconstruct backbends so you move with grace and ease. Come ready to crack open your heart and give back to yourself and the world around you more fully.

Presenter
avatar for Danni Pomplun

Danni Pomplun

Danni Pomplun is a 500-hr E-RYT Yoga Teacher, teacher trainer and a member of the training faculty at Yoga Tree in San Francisco. Danni leads popular workshops and immersions across the country as well. No matter where he goes the thread of community remains. His style has been described... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room Two 10 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC, USA

10:30am

Goddess Flow
Limited Capacity seats available

The yoga goddess culture is filled with inspiring stories that hold within them profound and beautiful teachings. Connect with your goddess nature (men too!) and awaken the aspects of these strong, graceful and compassionate dieties that dwell within you. This is a fun juicy class. You will move through a creative vinyasa flow, learn mantras for specific goddess energies and understand more about the divine feminine.

Presenter
avatar for Stephanie Snyder

Stephanie Snyder

Stephanie Snyder is a vinyasa yoga teacher who leads workshops and trainings around the world. She is known as a teachers teacher who comes with a fierceness and reverence for the practice both on and off the mat. Her sense of humor, commitment to philosophy and deep knowledge of... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
YMI - OM Sanctuary Room 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

10:30am

The Neuromyofascial Web in Action
Limited Capacity seats available

How do the neuromyofascial slings of the leg support the arches of the feet in standing asana.

Presenter
avatar for Michael Watson

Michael Watson

Beyond yoga, Pilates and Anatomy Trains teaching certifications, Michael leads advanced training programs, retreats & clinics worldwide. He has worked with athletes with disabilities at the Paralympic level & continues to develop ideas that integrate health, movement & wellness. As... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
Hilton Garden Inn ~ Blue Ridge Room 309 College St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:30am

Breathe, Reflect, and Stretch: A Yoga Experience that Engages Journaling, Asana, and Meditation
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Chelsea for a yoga practice that utilizes the breath, reflection, and the written word as a path to explore sensation and purpose. Inspired by the community of work of Yoga, Literature, and Art Camp that Chelsea founded in 2013, this class holds space for the practitioners who love journal writing, meeting others across yoga communities, and a good ole fashioned asana practice that is both accessible and challenging.

Presenter
avatar for Chelsea Jackson Roberts

Chelsea Jackson Roberts

Chelsea Jackson Roberts, celebrated yoga instructor, educator, and passionate change agent skilled in the art of cultivating community through yoga. With 10+ years of teaching experience in asana & meditation, Chelsea’s unique teaching style makes yoga truly accessible to a wide... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
Asheville Social Hall 81 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:30am

Emanation: A Practice from Your Center
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Your core is your fortress and your stronghold, yet many of us have such a hard time connecting to this place within the body. If you’ve ever felt insecure about your mid-section, you’re not alone. Forging deep and true strength in this area has nothing to do with building six-pack abs, and everything to do with finding balance and stability within challenge. This workshop focuses on circumferential stability, engaging not only the anterior chamber of the body, but also the lateral side body and the posterior chamber as well. You’ll find ways to embrace and move from your center with confidence.

Presenter
avatar for Taylor Harkness

Taylor Harkness

Taylor is bent on moving people - both on and off the mat. He has an accessible, engaging, and lighthearted teaching style, as well as a passion for social topics and human rights. He's always eager to listen, learn, and pass it on.


Friday July 27, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
Masonic Temple ~ Ballroom 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:30am

Warrior of Love
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Let’s take all the power and passion we build up from the practice and discover a way to harness it for universal and personal good. We work so hard in our warrior poses and all those asanas that require us to give ourselves completely. What good is this if we don’t find some genuine purpose for all these efforts? Bhakti can transform the “why” in the practice towards a greater good in our lives. Together, let’s become Warriors of Love in order to bring peace and love to all those in need. Come prepared to sweat and sing and wake up what’s long been forgotten!

Presenter
avatar for Rusty Wells

Rusty Wells

Rusty Wells (Gopa) is a Yogic Messenger in the San Francisco bay area and beyond. He infuses his joyful, energetic, and often mind-blowing classes with his belief that we can best serve others and heal ourselves through unconditional love and devotion. To this end, he passes along... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room One 10 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

11:00am

Chisel™
Limited Capacity seats available

Whole person strength. Rooted in Pilates. Inspiring your life. Tap into your deep inner strength - and heart-centered joy - during this invigorating class! Brooke created Chisel™ by adapting classical Pilates exercises into a dynamic full-body workout that satisfies the modern hunger for a challenging, fun workout to upbeat music! This class has earned a reputation for being hard… but guess what? You can do hard things! Yes, you! Brooke’s form cues and hands-on corrections will help you feel light and lifted during your planks, strong and grounded during your standing balance work, and leave you feeling stretched and limber. Chisel™ will make you sweat, increase your strength, and improve balance, benefitting all of your other movement practices, and is totally modifiable so it’s truly safe for all ages and levels. This class will show you just how strong you truly are, chisel your entire body, and fuel your spirit.

Presenter
avatar for Brooke Tyler

Brooke Tyler

Brooke's journey with classical Pilates began in 2002 when she trained in Seattle with Dorothee VandeWalle. The more she instructed, the more she saw how her clients could benefit from the rich tradition of Chinese medicine - a source of healthcare foundational for her since childhood... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Masonic Temple ~ Theater 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

11:00am

Rise + Grind
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever want to go to the club and shake that booty but also get up early and drink your green smoothie? Join Lisa Zahiya & DJ M.P. Pride for this AM Hip Hop Dance Party. In this lead and follow class, we will get down to classic and contemporary Hip Hop Songs.

Presenter
avatar for Lisa Zahiya

Lisa Zahiya

Lisa Zahiya travels nationally and internationally as an award-winning performer and in-demand dance instructor, workshop and event facilitator, and speaker. Lisa is based in Asheville, NC where she is the founder & owner of Studio Zahiya, four time winner of "Best Place to Take a... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Hilton Garden Inn ~ Pillar Rooftop 309 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

11:00am

Rock Your Yoloha Wheel
Limited Capacity seats available

This unique class will be sure to get you smiling. You will feel supported while learning how to incorporate a yoga wheel into your daily practice to create balance, support, mobility and strength. In this class you will learn how to maximize your wheel using it on it’s own as a therapeutic tool, as well as learn how to incorporate the wheel into a yoga sequence. From therapeutic and restorative benefits for the spine, to creating space in the front body, and helping you safely advance into deeper poses, yoga wheels are going to be your new best friend for your yoga practice. (We will have various sizes of wheels to accommodate different bodies. The cork yoga wheel is handcrafted in the USA using heavy duty construction to hold up to 250 pounds and designed to last a lifetime. In between the wood and the exterior cork surface, there’s a cushy layer of latex-free foam to pad your back and protect your joints. The cork is a great feature because it’s eco-friendly, naturally antimicrobial, and also non-slip wet or dry.)

Presenter
avatar for Adi Westerman

Adi Westerman

Adi Westerman, owner of Hot Yoga Asheville, loves to empower her students to make their yoga practice sustainable using alignment, technique and awareness. Her classes are infused with humor and compassion. Adi believes that through asana, yogis create a strong sense of self and can... Read More →



Friday July 27, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room Two 10 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC, USA

11:00am

The Future is Feminine
Limited Capacity seats available

This moment calls all of us; women, divas, goddesses and witches to step up, speak out and take action. Join us for a provocative conversation exploring what’s possible when we embody the feminine in her full power and unleash our potential to be a creative force for change. #time’s up #metoo #thefutureisfeminine

Presenter
avatar for Kerri Kelly

Kerri Kelly

Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, a movement to mobilize the wellbeing community into a powerful force for change. Her work was sparked on 9-11, when she lost her fireman step-dad in the towers. She quickly discovered the power of mindfulness, not just as a tool for personal healing... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
YMI Transformation Space 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

12:00pm

Soul Banquet
DJ Sol Rising spins the tunes and raises the vibration to kick off an amazing weekend! 

Musicians
avatar for DJ Sol Rising

DJ Sol Rising

Sol Rising's original soundscapes evoke feelings of bliss throughout an eclectic mix of electronic music and hip-hop. Born in Vancouver BC, Sol Rising began meditating at age four with a walking mantra technique. His mother took him to visit numerous spiritual teachers, who inspired... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

12:00pm

Waterfall Hike ~ {+$35}
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This session requires a Waterfall Hike ticket. Only 3, 4 day or single day pass holders may purchase this add on session.

Waterfall Hike
Elevate yourself and your yoga practice by fully immersing your five senses in the natural beauty of Western North Carolina. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience hiking through our ancient mountains to meditate beside a 300-foot waterfall followed by a relaxing 60-90 minute yoga practice in the shade of tall forest trees.

The trail (about 3 miles roundtrip) and yoga practice are suitable for all levels including beginners. You are welcome to bring your own mat or borrow one of ours. A refreshing bit of rain won’t stop us but in the event of unsafe weather conditions like thunderstorms or lightning, this experience will be cancelled and you will be issued a full refund. Reserve your spot now because space is limited and these special journeys will sell out soon!

Friday July 27, 2018 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

12:00pm

Self Care Sanctuary
Relax & restore ~ massage/acupuncture/sound healing. A variety of practitioners will be available on site ready to offer their services. Schedule your session when you arrive, spots will fill! 

Friday July 27, 2018 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Vitality Meadow Reuter Terrace, S Market St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

12:00pm

Mountain Air Market
Allow time in your schedule to enjoy our vibrant outdoor market featuring 60+ health & wellness vendors, tasty treats, community yoga, Bhakti music stage, slackline yoga, Sunnyside Lounge, and more. 

Friday July 27, 2018 12:00pm - 7:00pm

12:45pm

Energetic Sound Healing with Skinny Beats
Limited Capacity seats available

A 30 minute sound healing session with locally renowned percussionist and owner of Skinny Beats; Billy Zanski. Become immersed in the rhythm and let your mind clear as the meditative vibrations wash over you.
This event will take place inside of our festival wellness tent at the Mountain Air Market. Chose your time on the SCHED app.

Presenter
BZ

Billy Zanski

Skinny Beats


Friday July 27, 2018 12:45pm - 1:15pm
Serenity Lounge N Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

1:00pm

Bhakti On The Mat: Story Telling, Kirtan, Vinyasa Yoga & Live Music
Limited Capacity seats available

Merge the heart-opening qualities of bhakti yoga with the sensuality and
vitality of asana. This deep and playful flow practice includes storytelling
from the mythical world of yoga, soul-stirring kirtan, graceful vinyasa
sequences, imaginative meditations, and evocative live music. Some
experience with yoga is recommended. Sean and the band have guided
this workshop at festivals and conferences across the country
including sold-out attendance at The Yoga Journal Conference
and Bhakti Fest.

Watch this video to get a feel for the Bhakti on the Mat Experience​​​



Presenter
avatar for Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band

Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band

New Orleans' Sean Johnson & Wild Lotus Band are celebrated as one of the guiding voices of bhakti yoga in America, sharing concerts and workshops year-round. Sean is also the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga in New Orleans, the Soul School teacher training program, and BHAKTImmersion. This... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
YMI - OM Sanctuary Room 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

1:00pm

Handstands 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Let’s strip it down and focus our attention solely on standing on our hands. In this 2-hour workshop we will investigate a multitude of aspects that allow us to hold a safe and stable handstand. The feet, the hips, the core, the shoulder girdle, the wrists and hands all play an important role in getting and staying upside down. We’ll open, strengthen and integrate through an intelligent flow of foundational poses to build the strength and body awareness needed to fly. We’ll then move towards wall-work, partner work, and ultimately to solo flight. All levels are welcome and variations and modifications will be given to beginners and seasoned handstanders alike.

Presenter
avatar for Adam Whiting

Adam Whiting

I used to have panic attacks. The kind the struck with such ferocity and frequency that I was convinced I was dying. My arms and face would go numb, the room would spin with vertigo and every ounce of my being was thrown into primal survival mode. I’m not sure why I went to my first... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Masonic Temple ~ Ballroom 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

1:00pm

Heart Like A River : Embodying Our Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

To limit our yoga practice to our mat, to a place, to a time is to miss all that yoga has to offer us. Yoga has always asked us, from the beginning, to take great vows in our efforts to embody the practice, to be living yoga. This workshop will be a physical flow linking all aspects of our being accompanied by #getyourfestivalon rockin' playlist. Elements of Kundalini, Ashtanga and Vinyasa will all appear as we embrace those aspects of the practice that are meant to be lived in the world. It’s not only body, but heart and mind. How can we make this practice stick? One of Thich Nhat Hanh’s first teachings on how to love makes the comparison of what happens when we put a handful of salt into a cup of water versus what happens when we put a handful of salt into a river. No one can drink the cup of water but the river is immense and is able to receive, embrace and transform the salt. Our hearts are the same. When our hearts are small and tight, we have little to offer, we suffer. Yet when our hearts soften and expand, we move beyond our limits. We embody understanding and compassion. We can hold others, as they are and they have a chance to transform. This practice lives in the heart. Participants of this class will be eligible for 2 YPLE Continuing Education Credit Hours, Yoga Alliance Approved (YPLE – Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, Ethics). how can our practice sustain us in our efforts to be the best version of ourselves? What aspects of our practice keep our heart open? Keep our heart moving in the direction of being a river, rather than a cup? How does our practice support our efforts to be more inclusive, more tolerant, more able to transform the salt?

Presenter
avatar for Sierra Hollister

Sierra Hollister

Sierra has been sharing yoga for 25 years, mostly in southern Appalachia. On the teaching staff of Warren Wilson College and Asheville Yoga Center, Sierra wholeheartedly believes the objective of yoga is the alchemy of love, compassion and kindness off the mat. Sierra founded Light... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room Two 10 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC, USA

1:00pm

Level Up Your Asana!
Limited Capacity seats available

AcroYoga’s defiance of gravity allows many opportunities to take our asana practice to the next level. Explore partner yoga and asana assists that help connect to a little more strength, a little more flexibility. Use the sensitivity gained from partnered yoga to explore basic acrobatics built on stability. Then find flying asana poses that feel more free. No partner necessary.

Presenter
avatar for Jean Jacques Gabriel

Jean Jacques Gabriel

Jean-Jacques Gabriel is a Haitian born artist and yoga teacher. He’s been practicing yoga since 2001, teaching yoga since 2006, and teaching AcroYoga since 2008. He has taught in public schools, prisons, nonprofits, businesses, and yoga studios. He loves sharing practices that foster... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
YMI Transformation Space 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

1:00pm

Super Soul Flow
Limited Capacity seats available

Get ready to connect to your SUPER SOUL! A challenging yet approachable for all levels Vinyasa Flow based practice supported by one of Tymi's world renowned playlists. She will take you on a yoga adventure that will stoke the inner fires of your body, mind and SPIRIT! Be prepared to tap into your deep core power, abandon old fears, open your heart and free your mind to the unlimited potential of your Super Soul! Be prepared to surprise yourself and leave feeling completely empowered. Foundational standing asanas, Inversions (and modifications), Handstands (options/modifications), Backbends (and variations), a juicy floor sequence, final rest and short meditation.

Presenter
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Tymi Howard

I AM TYMI HOWARD 500 E-RYT, International Yoga Teacher, Certified Holistic Health Coach and Owner of Guruv Yoga Studios in Central Florida. Pioneering the Vinyasa Yoga movement in Central Florida. You can join me teaching and presenting at yoga studios and gatherings around the world... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn ~ Blue Ridge Room 309 College St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

1:30pm

Yoga Meet Up with Michael Franti
Come join Michael Franti for a Soulrocker Yoga Meet Up, free for the community and includes a yoga practice led by Carrington Jackson followed by some acoustic tunes from Franti. All levels are welcome.


Presenter
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Carrington Jackson

Carrington began teaching in 2004. Her classes are a canvas of movement, breath, prayer and magic. Her passion is helping students to unify the pieces of self into the more powerful whole. She teaches internationally and is the Yoga In Action Coordinator for Off The Mat Into the World and regional leader for CTZNWELL... Read More →

Musicians

Friday July 27, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

1:30pm

Skill in Action: Dharma & Karma
Limited Capacity filling up

Karma, a term used very often in and outside of yoga spaces means the sum or our experiences and actions in deciding our fate or destiny. Dharma is our duty or higher purpose, and calls us to take action in co-creating our destiny with the universe. This inspiring yoga journey will explore our actions and reactions, not only individually but collectively and help us harness our power so that we may take action and create social change. Through the practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation we will connect with our inner fire, agni, to gain clarity about our actions and their alignment with our higher purpose all in service of our collective humanity. You will leave this class with a deeper connection to self, your community and all beings.

Presenter
avatar for Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson

A 500 RYT, Michelle's desires to create space for others to understand, feel, know, & embody that we are enough as we are. In a world where we are told we are broken, damaged, & no good, a world where oppression causes some of us to be unseen - Her goal is to empower people to connect... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room One 10 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

1:30pm

Breathe & Just Be
Limited Capacity filling up

Allow your body to surrender and release into a juicy restorative practice designed to melt away tension and calm the mind. In this series of postures, the focus will be on rebalancing the nervous system while enjoying the healing nature of the breath. Walk away feeling grounded and renewed both mentally and physically.

Presenter
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Sara Clark

Sara Clark is an EYT 500-hour certified vinyasa and mindfulness teacher residing in New York City. In 2009 she left the corporate world of television post-production to deepen her studies of yoga. Practicing vinyasa flow and meditation for over two decades now, Sara is a Yoga Journal... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Asheville Social Hall 81 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

1:30pm

Shakti Rising: A Revolution Using Active Love for Sacred Activism
Limited Capacity seats available

A training on the concept of Shakti (feminine power) as a gateway into universal power, creativity and healing. In this training, you will deepen your understanding of the word Shakti, and through yogic methodologies enter into an intimacy with sacred life force embodied. This force of the Divine Feminine is alive and rising on the planet today! Come connect with the ancient techniques of awakening, channeling and utilizing sacred forces to become an agent of embodied change on the planet. Your Love has never been more needed than now! Join the revolution through breath, meditation and bhavana - deep inner feeling.

Presenter

Friday July 27, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Masonic Temple ~ Theater 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

2:00pm

RAD Roller Demo: Reconnect Mind & Body with RAD Head, Neck & Shoulder Release
Limited Capacity seats available

In this relaxing one hour flow, we'll release tension from head to toe, releasing & rolling out every major muscle group in your body with emphasis on the neck, shoulders, and upper body. Learn different techniques to enhance mobility, range of motion and specifically target chronically overused areas. We'll create awareness around postural alignment and equip you with myofascial therapy techniques for use in yoga and your daily active lifestyles. Whether you're new to yoga, just getting back into your practice, or a long time student, this hour will ease restrictions for long-lasting results. Leave feeling open, taller, mobile, and grounded for the rest of your day. Mini demo sessions available at the RAD Booth starting on the hour, see booth for schedule.

Sponsors
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Julie Wu

RAD
Our Mission: IMPROVE BODY MOVEMENT AND PROPEL RADICAL LIVES THROUGH INNOVATIVE TOOLS AND EDUCATION


Friday July 27, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Umbrella Canopy courtesy of Wendy Newman Designs S Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801

2:00pm

The Business of Gratitude; Finding Passion Where You Work
Limited Capacity seats available

What does it look like to love what you do and to do what you love? How do you bridge the often expansive gap between a fulfilling life and a successful career?
  • Where are you on the path to figuring it out: Unfulfilled in your dream job, On your way to your dream job, Dreaming about your dream job?
  • What are the tools you currently have, and the tools you need to get you where you want to go?
  • Who is your support system and/or how do you create one (networking)?
  • What is the step you are going to take right now? 
  • What are the skills you still need to acquire to get you there?


Presenter
avatar for Chelsey Korus

Chelsey Korus

Chelsey Korus is quickly becoming one of yoga’s foremost teachers and philosophers. She’s been featured in PopSugar, Prevention Magazine, Yoga Journal, Women’s Fitness, Mantra Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Shape, and is one of the top teachers on Yogaglo. Along with an exceptional... Read More →
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Chris Roy

Founder & CEO, Namaste Interactive
Chris Roy is the Co-Founder of NamasteLight and NamasteDigital. Founded in 2004, his companies serve an all-star cast of wellness leaders, yoga businesses and organizations around the world.  As an entrepreneur, Chris is recognized as one the premier digital marketers in the yoga... Read More →
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Trey Scott

Founder & CEO, WatchPitch
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Frederic Terral

Founder & CEO, Terrain Collective & Pockitudes
Frederic Terral is the founder of Pockitudes™, the world's first pocket-sized gratitude, act of kindness & reflections journal. He’s also the founder of Terrain Collective, a recognized brand experience consultancy. Over a 20 year career, Frederic has advised government agencies... Read More →
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Lisa Zahiya

Lisa Zahiya travels nationally and internationally as an award-winning performer and in-demand dance instructor, workshop and event facilitator, and speaker. Lisa is based in Asheville, NC where she is the founder & owner of Studio Zahiya, four time winner of "Best Place to Take a... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Serenity Lounge N Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

3:00pm

Flavia Krishna & Gershone
Musicians
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Flavia Krishna & Gershone

Based out of Athens/Atlanta, we are a chanting/singing duo spreading Light through Sacred Sounds...Chanting sacred mantras & songs in Sanskrit, English,Portuguese, Hebrew,&Spanish...we facilitate sound healing experiences for expanding our self expression and connecting to the Divine."The... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

3:00pm

Free Community Yoga ~ Tucker Waldron
Free Community Yoga ~ Donations accepted and all proceeds will go directly to our non-profit partner, Light a Path

Friday July 27, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Vitality Meadow Reuter Terrace, S Market St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

3:00pm

SUP Yoga ~ {+$35}
Limited Capacity filling up
This session requires a SUP ticket. Only 3, 4 day or single day pass holders may purchase this add on session.

SUP Yoga
Be present, connect with nature and have fun!  SUP yoga is a unique way to experience your practice. The added challenge of balancing on water heightens your awareness of body alignment and requires that you pay attention now. Connect deeper with the five Elements of nature present in our outdoor classroom and also present inside of each of us. One of the best reasons to enjoy SUP yoga is floating Savasana. It could be the most relaxing pose you’ll ever experience!
In this class we’ll start with a quick intro to the board, paddle, leash and PFD (personal floatation device), followed by an intro on how to stand up and basic SUP paddle strokes. From there we’ll launch onto the river and paddle to the anchor system that will keep our boards anchored for class. After our yoga class on the boards we’ll paddle back to the take-out.  

NOTE: No prior SUP experience necessary and you can paddle on your knees in the beginning if you don’t want to stand up. SUP beginners and never evers welcome! All levels.

What to Bring:
~ Wear quick dry (lycra, bathing suit etc..) clothing that you don’t mind getting wet – note that if you fall in and there is a breeze you may want a long sleeve shirt to put on – please don’t wear cotton as it gets heavy when it’s wet and doesn’t wick moisture.
~ A strap for your glasses or sunglasses – FYI if you don’t wear a strap and you fall in you will lose your sunglasses/glasses.
~ Sunscreen
~ Water bottle
~ Towel and a change of clothes for after class
~ Water shoes/sandals for launching on and taking off the river

Presenter
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Anna Levesque

Anna Levesque is the leading expert on paddling instruction for women and yoga for paddling, including SUP Yoga. She is the author of the book Yoga for Paddling, published by Falcon Guides. Anna was voted 2017 Most Inspirational Outdoors Person in Best of the Blue Ridge from Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, and named one of the most inspirational paddlers alive by Canoe and Kayak Magazine. Her twenty-plus years of experience as an accomplished international compet... Read More →



Friday July 27, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Pack Square Park 80 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

3:30pm

Learning The Ropes: Fundamentals of Yoga Slackline
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Slackline Yoga or Slackasana is a unique practice that teaches complete body awareness. It is a moving meditation that will refine your sense of balance and mental focus. It involves balancing on a 1 inch wide 'yoga mat' (slackline). In this 90 min Slackshop you'll learn the basics of the Slackasana series. These includes standing (commitment), kneeling (core strength), sitting (focus), arm balancing (breath), as well as exercises for more seasoned slackers to expand their comfort zone on the line. All skill levels encouraged to come. Slacklining is great for yogis, climbers, couch potatoes, and athletes of all kinds. Take your yoga off your yoga mat! No experience necessary.
Class time devoted to lecture: 5-10 minutes

Presenter
avatar for Rob Lenfestey

Rob Lenfestey

Rob Lenfestey is an educator and innovator in the world of radical, creative, superhuman self-empowerment through his practice of Creative Convergence. Rob’s passion is to give the gifts of knowledge, empowerment and health to all.


Friday July 27, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
The Playground North Pack Square, Asheville, NC, USA

3:30pm

Low Back Love: Therapeutic Yoga for Low Back & SI Joint Pain
Limited Capacity seats available

Cat will begin this class with an anatomy lesson on the low back and sacroiliac SI joints. Participants will learn the main causes of dysfunction in this area and how to address a variety of symptoms including pain when sitting or moving, radiating numbness and tingling down into the buttocks and legs, sharp, shooting pain at the SI joints, and loss of strength and mobility. Students will be led through a series of rolling practices with therapy balls to release tension which creates stress in the lumbar spine. After the release, students will move through stretching and stabilizing practices to restore function. Throughout the class Cat will lead specific pranayama breathing practices to calm the nervous system and help ease tension through the whole Self.

Presenter
avatar for Cat Matlock

Cat Matlock

Cat Matlock, Founder of West Asheville Yoga and The Embodiment Center Asheville, is a chronic pain specialist known for her deep knowledge of anatomy.  She blends the use of therapeutic rolling (think foam rollers and balls) with strengthening and opening yoga, breathing practices... Read More →



Friday July 27, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Masonic Temple ~ Ballroom 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

3:30pm

Primal Flow
Limited Capacity seats available

Allow your body to be guided by the primal vibrational pulse of the heart and soul. Ground deep into the energy of the earth and let your inner animal shine through on your mat as you move to heart pounding rhythms and beats. This vinyasa class includes elements of mediation, pranayama, sound healing and of course asana.

Presenter
avatar for Druminyasa

Druminyasa

Feel the rhythms of the drums as you connect breath,heartbeat,mind & body to your practice. As featured by The Washington Times, CBS, and Washington’s WTOP news, Brad Ellsworth of Druminyasa has been playing drums and percussion for over 25 years. Based in Richmond, Brad Ellsworth... Read More →
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Anton Mackey

Anton Mackey is an experienced and passionate Vinyasa Yoga teacher based out of Phoenix, Arizona. With a background in anatomy & physiology and a passion for seeking the truth,Anton skillfully bridges the gap between the physical and spiritual, giving students the freedom to experience... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Asheville Social Hall 81 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

3:30pm

Yoga Uplift
Limited Capacity filling up

Who’s ready to get lifted and inspired in this fun, interactive yoga class with musician and ‘Spiritual Graffiti’ author MC YOGI? Get ready to breathe, move, sweat and stretch to upbeat tracks from DJ Sol Rising. Smiling, laughing and flowing into a deep and powerful meditation followed by a blissful and soul satisfying relaxation. Yeah buddy!

Presenter
avatar for Amanda Giacomini

Amanda Giacomini

Amanda Giacomini has dedicated her life to uplifting people and creating more beauty in the world through yoga and art. From teaching yoga at the White House to presenting at some of the biggest yoga festivals, conferences and Asian Art museums in the world, Amanda infuses the ancient... Read More →
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MC YOGI

From living in a group home to becoming known as yoga’s modern day ambassador to the West, hiphop artist, MC YOGI is on a mission to introduce yoga to large, mainstream audiences. His latest album, RITUAL MYSTICAL, made history by going #1 on the Electronic charts. His first book... Read More →

Musicians
avatar for DJ Sol Rising

DJ Sol Rising

Sol Rising's original soundscapes evoke feelings of bliss throughout an eclectic mix of electronic music and hip-hop. Born in Vancouver BC, Sol Rising began meditating at age four with a walking mantra technique. His mother took him to visit numerous spiritual teachers, who inspired... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm
YMI - OM Sanctuary Room 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

3:30pm

Healing Our Backs with Yoga™
Limited Capacity seats available

Everyone’s body holds an innate ability and wisdom for healing. By applying yoga poses wisely with alignment, we can assist our students and ourselves to move past the fear of back pain to a place of self-trust and confidence. Foundational concepts of anatomy, physiology, and the power of breath are shared, along with a 90 minute practice.

Presenter
avatar for Lillah Schwartz

Lillah Schwartz

Lillah Schwartz, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, Iyengar Trained, Author Known by appreciative students as ”the queen of alignment,” Lillah shares the wisdom of 30+ years studying with yoga experts like BKS Iyengar, Aadil Palkhivala, Eric Small, and Matthew Sanford with students across the... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Hilton Garden Inn ~ Blue Ridge Room 309 College St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

4:00pm

Meet & Mingle
Join a few of awesome presenters in the Sunnyside Tent to for book signings and to learn more about additional opportunities for practicing and studying with them. 

Presenter
avatar for Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson

A 500 RYT, Michelle's desires to create space for others to understand, feel, know, & embody that we are enough as we are. In a world where we are told we are broken, damaged, & no good, a world where oppression causes some of us to be unseen - Her goal is to empower people to connect... Read More →
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Stacey Vann

Stacey has been sharing the transformative & integrative path of yoga around the globe since 1997. Her teaching style is infused with laughter, energy, & love. She encourages her students to attain stillness, contentment & freedom through a commitment to sadhana (daily spiritual practice... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Serenity Lounge N Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

4:00pm

Ho’oponopono Based Meditation
Limited Capacity filling up

Explore the concepts of traditional ho’oponopono, a timeless Native Hawaiian practice that is foundational to all healing practices in Hawaii.  With an understanding of the basic principles of ho’oponopono, you’ll learn specific techniques to disconnect from disharmony, disease, and conflict.  Integrate the work through a deep, guided ho’oponopono-based meditation and intuitive writing that can help you unlock your truth and transform your life.  

Presenter
avatar for Susan Alden, C-IAYT

Susan Alden, C-IAYT

Susan is the Executive Director of Warrior at Ease.  She is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and served as a logistics officer in the 82nd Airborne and 3rd Infantry Divisions.  She first began teaching yoga in the military in 1997 as a Second Lieutenant, sharing... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Masonic Temple ~ Theater 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

4:00pm

At Om
Limited Capacity seats available

In the Indian scriptures they say that every atom is endowed with individuality. This individuality is an aspect of Spirit manifesting in nature, and it’s an aspect of who we really are. The Bhagavad Gitas verses are likened to 700 suns, illuminating the eyes of those who read and the ears of those who listen. The guidance in this text is glorious, practical, and incredibly beneficial, addressing the fundamental elements of life, love, and devotion. We will bask in the joy of a small selection of verses, sing, sweat, move and groove.

Presenter
avatar for Andrea Boyd

Andrea Boyd

Her knowledge of Yoga, unyielding practice of ahimsa, adept sanskrit chanting, uncompromising faith in goodness, challenging & joyful asana sequencing, soulful down to earth storytelling, and visionary work with pregnant women, are just a handful of reasons why Andrea is so revered... Read More →
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Jeffrey Cohen

On the day Jeffrey was born, across the Atlantic, The Beatles were recording Across The Universe. And like The Beatles, he exemplifies a blend of love, music, mysticism, humor, poetry, irony, innovation, mischief, simplicity, and authenticity - all with a pop sensibility. Gratefully... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
YMI Transformation Space 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

5:00pm

AcroYoga Jam - Open To All!
Come check out a few sweet AcroYoga performances and try your hand at being a base, or a flyer!

There will be live music and lots of fun!

Presenter
avatar for Jean Jacques Gabriel

Jean Jacques Gabriel

Jean-Jacques Gabriel is a Haitian born artist and yoga teacher. He’s been practicing yoga since 2001, teaching yoga since 2006, and teaching AcroYoga since 2008. He has taught in public schools, prisons, nonprofits, businesses, and yoga studios. He loves sharing practices that foster... Read More →
avatar for Rob Lenfestey

Rob Lenfestey

Rob Lenfestey is an educator and innovator in the world of radical, creative, superhuman self-empowerment through his practice of Creative Convergence. Rob’s passion is to give the gifts of knowledge, empowerment and health to all.


Friday July 27, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Playground North Pack Square, Asheville, NC, USA

5:30pm

Heather Taylor
Musicians
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Heather Taylor

Born into a musical family, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist, Heather Taylor is creative to her core. Classically trained in flute, the now Asheville, NC native embraces the craggy soul of Appalachian folk music. Accompanied by her octave mandolin, Taylor draws elements of... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801
 
Saturday, July 28
 

7:00am

Sunrise Meditation
Limited Capacity filling up

Rise, shine & still your mind!

Presenter

Saturday July 28, 2018 7:00am - 7:30am
Serenity Lounge N Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

7:30am

Waterfall Hike ~ {+$35}
Limited Capacity filling up
This session requires a Waterfall Hike ticket. Only 3, 4 day or single day pass holders may purchase this add on session.

Waterfall Hike
Elevate yourself and your yoga practice by fully immersing your five senses in the natural beauty of Western North Carolina. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience hiking through our ancient mountains to meditate beside a 300-foot waterfall followed by a relaxing 60-90 minute yoga practice in the shade of tall forest trees. 
The trail (about 3 miles roundtrip) and yoga practice are suitable for all levels including beginners. You are welcome to bring your own mat or borrow one of ours. A refreshing bit of rain won’t stop us but in the event of unsafe weather conditions like thunderstorms or lightning, this experience will be cancelled and you will be issued a full refund. Reserve your spot now because space is limited and these special journeys will sell out soon!

Saturday July 28, 2018 7:30am - 11:30am
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

8:00am

Get Hip & FLow
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore hip openers and the freedom that comes from healthy alignment in the pelvis and legs. We will flow through a dynamic and strong standing sequence and end with some of the longer seated hip openers that the body craves. Accompanied by an inspired playlist this strategic movement will leave you feeling grounded and clear.

Presenter
avatar for Stephanie Snyder

Stephanie Snyder

Stephanie Snyder is a vinyasa yoga teacher who leads workshops and trainings around the world. She is known as a teachers teacher who comes with a fierceness and reverence for the practice both on and off the mat. Her sense of humor, commitment to philosophy and deep knowledge of... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am
YMI - OM Sanctuary Room 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

8:00am

Body of Light
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is a sweet, gentle Kundalini flow followed by a gong bath designed to keep you going all day. Listening to the voice of your soul, being true to yourself is the first step of the journey of your life. Elements of the 10 bodies of light will be invoked as we connect to our infinity and our destiny and our invincible and radiant selves. Kundalini is a raj yoga, a royal path of yoga. Understood in this lineage is that there is a throne, and that throne awaits you. The only person that can enthrone you is you. 2018 is the year of the 11th body of light. The 11th body encompasses all 10 bodies and relates to infinity, compassionate living and divine vision. Understanding the 10 bodies of light and how to thrive both on and off the mat are essential teachings for the Aquarian Age. “We meditate so that our minds can be sharp and alert. We chant mantras so that our souls may be ignited like candles. We walk in the light of this beauty.” ~ Yogi Bhajan Participants of this class will be eligible for 2 AP Continuing Education Credit Hours, Yoga Alliance Approved (AP – Anatomy and Physiology)

Presenter
avatar for Sierra Hollister

Sierra Hollister

Sierra has been sharing yoga for 25 years, mostly in southern Appalachia. On the teaching staff of Warren Wilson College and Asheville Yoga Center, Sierra wholeheartedly believes the objective of yoga is the alchemy of love, compassion and kindness off the mat. Sierra founded Light... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
Hilton Garden Inn ~ Blue Ridge Room 309 College St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

8:00am

Find the Fun, Fight the Fear: An Inversion Experience
Limited Capacity seats available

Face your fears, and learn proper alignment to fly. Let yourself go in this workshop that is guaranteed to get the core working and the adrenaline pumping. After a warm up practice, the class will break down the basics of handstand and crow -- the major gateways to an inversion practice. After a solid exploration of these shapes, there will be time to explore other arm balances, inversions, and flows. We will also cover strategies for understanding and overcoming fear.  This class will challenge your resolve and allow you to more fully explore the amazing possibilities in your practice.

Presenter
avatar for Danni Pomplun

Danni Pomplun

Danni Pomplun is a 500-hr E-RYT Yoga Teacher, teacher trainer and a member of the training faculty at Yoga Tree in San Francisco. Danni leads popular workshops and immersions across the country as well. No matter where he goes the thread of community remains. His style has been described... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
Asheville Social Hall 81 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

8:00am

Flip It & Reverse It
Limited Capacity seats available

Flow, flip, and float. Enjoy the creative and joyous dance that is vinyasa through an invigorating yet mindful exploration of inverting, back bending and balancing. This rhythmic vinyasa class will leave your body feeling fully utilized and strengthened and your soul awakened.

Presenter
avatar for Sara Clark

Sara Clark

Sara Clark is an EYT 500-hour certified vinyasa and mindfulness teacher residing in New York City. In 2009 she left the corporate world of television post-production to deepen her studies of yoga. Practicing vinyasa flow and meditation for over two decades now, Sara is a Yoga Journal... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room One 10 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

8:00am

Rockasana!
Limited Capacity filling up

This class is a modern expression of Nada (sound) Yoga. All manifestation is vibration and resonation. Our ability to tap into our vibrating hearts is increased exponentially through the pounding rhythms and driving guitar riffs of the world's most inspiring rock and roll. What we come away with is a practice where we have transcended the limits of our body and mind connecting deeper to the One True Soul. Guaranteed to blow your mind (the true goal of yoga!). Join them for a class that will rock you out! Come to shimmy and shake, rattle, and roll!

Presenter
avatar for Andrea Boyd

Andrea Boyd

Her knowledge of Yoga, unyielding practice of ahimsa, adept sanskrit chanting, uncompromising faith in goodness, challenging & joyful asana sequencing, soulful down to earth storytelling, and visionary work with pregnant women, are just a handful of reasons why Andrea is so revered... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Cohen

Jeffrey Cohen

On the day Jeffrey was born, across the Atlantic, The Beatles were recording Across The Universe. And like The Beatles, he exemplifies a blend of love, music, mysticism, humor, poetry, irony, innovation, mischief, simplicity, and authenticity - all with a pop sensibility. Gratefully... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
Masonic Temple ~ Theater 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

8:30am

Power to the Playful
Limited Capacity seats available

combines playful practices from around the world into a tour-de-force of fun, zany and powerful explorations that will draw the holistic superhero out of anyone.
No experience necessary, this class will alternate between more yin, or mindful practices and full-on physical yang practices to help balance the mind, body and the spirit.
Each class is wholly and uniquely different, evolving like and interactive story between the facilitator and the group.
This workshop pulls from the worlds of Slackline yoga, Acro yoga, years of performance and circus training and playful tools gathered from workshops world wide. Come play with us and see for yourself how play can change the world!

Presenter
avatar for Rob Lenfestey

Rob Lenfestey

Rob Lenfestey is an educator and innovator in the world of radical, creative, superhuman self-empowerment through his practice of Creative Convergence. Rob’s passion is to give the gifts of knowledge, empowerment and health to all.


Saturday July 28, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
The Playground North Pack Square, Asheville, NC, USA

8:30am

Prana: The Body Electric
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this training you will leave with an electric, embodied connection to prana – your energy. We will enter into in-depth discussion and practice around your energetic anatomy. You will leave with a deeper understanding of the qualities of energy in you, how to better manage and move energy in the service of personal evolution and healing. Includes work in the realms of Tantric concepts of pranayama, mantra and asana.. You will leave with an electric radiance that can manifest, magnetize, evolve and surrender. You will also have the opportunity dissolve and resolve long standing emotional and energetic blocks through the magic and intelligence of prana.

Presenter

Saturday July 28, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Hilton Garden Inn ~ Pillar Rooftop 309 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

8:30am

Ten Thousand Blessings: Yin Yoga Meets Story Time
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Soften tension and let go of stress in this slow deep and transformative yin yoga experience. Join artist, story teller and yoga teacher Amanda Giacomini (10000Buddhas) as she guides you into a deep state of bliss, awakening and relaxation. While resting in deeply restorative yin yoga postures AMANDA will share inspiring wisdom stories from the yoga and Buddhist traditions. These ancient tales are designed to spark Deep compassion, wisdom, healing, kindness and love within us all.


Presenter
avatar for Amanda Giacomini

Amanda Giacomini

Amanda Giacomini has dedicated her life to uplifting people and creating more beauty in the world through yoga and art. From teaching yoga at the White House to presenting at some of the biggest yoga festivals, conferences and Asian Art museums in the world, Amanda infuses the ancient... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Masonic Temple ~ Ballroom 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

8:30am

The Four Yogas: Karma, Jñāna, Bhakti and Rāja; Selfless Service, Philosophy, Devotion and Meditation
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Explore these four approaches to wholeness in a gentle flowing āsana sequence. Our session will begin with a brief lecture, then move into an all-levels practice with specific techniques that come from each type of yoga. Karma yoga is an approach to selfless service that allows us to live fully in the present while helping others without attachment to a future reward. Jñāna yoga is a way to purify our intellect of logical fallacies and to equip our selves with thinking tools that can help us better see the big picture as well as the details in order to make better decisions. Bhakti is the yoga of relationships, with 9 ways that can empower us to improve our half of every relationship. Rāja is the yoga of meditation, which begins by turning inward to help us heal and then turn outward to better care for our family, community, environment and future generations.        


Presenter
avatar for Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

"Michael Johnson’s classes are a beautiful mix of music, exploration of the yoga sutras, well-sequenced asana practice, and devotion to the highest virtues of humanity- and peppered with tidbits of science and humor. In my opinion, it is a well-rounded experience which gently guides... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room Two 10 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC, USA

8:30am

Becoming The Hero Of Your Own Journey
Limited Capacity seats available

Susan will share a universal model for personal transformation and growth based on the Native American Medicine Wheel. A beautiful compliment to any practice or tradition, the Medicine Wheel is ancient wisdom that anyone can use to move through challenge, including trauma, to harvest the gifts of any life experience. Becoming the Hero of Your Own Journey


Presenter
avatar for Susan Alden, C-IAYT

Susan Alden, C-IAYT

Susan is the Executive Director of Warrior at Ease.  She is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and served as a logistics officer in the 82nd Airborne and 3rd Infantry Divisions.  She first began teaching yoga in the military in 1997 as a Second Lieutenant, sharing... Read More →
avatar for Annie Okerlin

Annie Okerlin

Annie Okerlin, C-IAYT: Annie Okerlin has been a yoga teacher since 1999. The daughter of two World War II and Korean War veterans, Annie has a deep appreciation for the veterans of our country. Her passion for helping the wounded warriors of today’s wars led her to Walter Reed National... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 8:30am - 10:30am
YMI Transformation Space 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

9:00am

Flavia Krishna & Gershone
Musicians
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Flavia Krishna & Gershone

Based out of Athens/Atlanta, we are a chanting/singing duo spreading Light through Sacred Sounds...Chanting sacred mantras & songs in Sanskrit, English,Portuguese, Hebrew,&Spanish...we facilitate sound healing experiences for expanding our self expression and connecting to the Divine."The... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

9:00am

Free Community Yoga ~ Rosie Mulford
Free Community Yoga ~ Donations accepted and all proceeds will go directly to our non-profit partner, Light a Path.

Saturday July 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Vitality Meadow Reuter Terrace, S Market St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:00am

SUP Yoga ~ {+$35}
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This session requires a SUP ticket. Only 3, 4 day or single day pass holders may purchase this add on session.

SUP Yoga
Be present, connect with nature and have fun!  SUP yoga is a unique way to experience your practice. The added challenge of balancing on water heightens your awareness of body alignment and requires that you pay attention now. Connect deeper with the five Elements of nature present in our outdoor classroom and also present inside of each of us. One of the best reasons to enjoy SUP yoga is floating Savasana. It could be the most relaxing pose you’ll ever experience!
In this class we’ll start with a quick intro to the board, paddle, leash and PFD (personal floatation device), followed by an intro on how to stand up and basic SUP paddle strokes. From there we’ll launch onto the river and paddle to the anchor system that will keep our boards anchored for class. After our yoga class on the boards we’ll paddle back to the take-out.  

NOTE: No prior SUP experience necessary and you can paddle on your knees in the beginning if you don’t want to stand up. SUP beginners and never evers welcome! All levels.

What to Bring:
~ Wear quick dry (lycra, bathing suit etc..) clothing that you don’t mind getting wet – note that if you fall in and there is a breeze you may want a long sleeve shirt to put on – please don’t wear cotton as it gets heavy when it’s wet and doesn’t wick moisture.
~ A strap for your glasses or sunglasses – FYI if you don’t wear a strap and you fall in you will lose your sunglasses/glasses.
~ Sunscreen
~ Water bottle
~ Towel and a change of clothes for after class
~ Water shoes/sandals for launching on and taking off the river

Presenter
avatar for Anna Levesque

Anna Levesque

Anna Levesque is the leading expert on paddling instruction for women and yoga for paddling, including SUP Yoga. She is the author of the book Yoga for Paddling, published by Falcon Guides. Anna was voted 2017 Most Inspirational Outdoors Person in Best of the Blue Ridge from Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, and named one of the most inspirational paddlers alive by Canoe and Kayak Magazine. Her twenty-plus years of experience as an accomplished international compet... Read More →



Saturday July 28, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Pack Square Park 80 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:00am

Self Care Sanctuary
Relax & restore ~ massage/acupuncture/sound healing. A variety of practitioners will be available on site ready to offer their services. Schedule your session when you arrive, spots will fill! 

Saturday July 28, 2018 10:00am - 7:00pm
Vitality Meadow Reuter Terrace, S Market St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:00am

Mountain Air Market
Allow time in your schedule to enjoy our vibrant outdoor market featuring 60+ health & wellness vendors, tasty treats, community yoga, Bhakti music stage, slackline yoga, Sunnyside Lounge, and more.

Saturday July 28, 2018 10:00am - 7:00pm

10:30am

Connection Creates Resilience : Serving Your Community with Yoga (open to the public)
Limited Capacity seats available

Everyone seeking to make a difference in the lives of others by sharing the practice of yoga is invited to this round-table discussion! The conversation will be hosted by panel members from Light a Path, an Asheville area nonprofit that brings yoga and other wellness tools to the Incarcerated, Youth at Risk, the Unhoused, Underserved Community members, and those in Recovery from addiction. Join Light a Path volunteers for a dialogue on trauma-sensitive practices, service, and insights on how to build resilience in our communities and ourselves.  Refreshments will be generously provided by the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. 

Presenter
avatar for Sierra Hollister

Sierra Hollister

Sierra has been sharing yoga for 25 years, mostly in southern Appalachia. On the teaching staff of Warren Wilson College and Asheville Yoga Center, Sierra wholeheartedly believes the objective of yoga is the alchemy of love, compassion and kindness off the mat. Sierra founded Light... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Serenity Lounge N Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:30am

Bhakti On The Mat: Story Telling, Kirtan, Vinyasa Yoga & Live Music
Limited Capacity seats available

Merge the heart-opening qualities of bhakti yoga with the sensuality and
vitality of asana. This deep and playful flow practice includes storytelling
from the mythical world of yoga, soul-stirring kirtan, graceful vinyasa
sequences, imaginative meditations, and evocative live music. Some
experience with yoga is recommended. Sean and the band have guided
this workshop at festivals and conferences across the country
including sold-out attendance at The Yoga Journal Conference
and Bhakti Fest.

Watch this video to get a feel for the Bhakti on the Mat Experience​​​



Presenter
avatar for Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band

Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band

New Orleans' Sean Johnson & Wild Lotus Band are celebrated as one of the guiding voices of bhakti yoga in America, sharing concerts and workshops year-round. Sean is also the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga in New Orleans, the Soul School teacher training program, and BHAKTImmersion. This... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
YMI - OM Sanctuary Room 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

10:30am

Arm Balances & Inversions
Limited Capacity seats available

Come explore techniques and transitions that make arm balances more accessible, more steady, and even more challenging. All levels welcome, supported, and challenged.

Presenter
avatar for Jean Jacques Gabriel

Jean Jacques Gabriel

Jean-Jacques Gabriel is a Haitian born artist and yoga teacher. He’s been practicing yoga since 2001, teaching yoga since 2006, and teaching AcroYoga since 2008. He has taught in public schools, prisons, nonprofits, businesses, and yoga studios. He loves sharing practices that foster... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
Hilton Garden Inn ~ Blue Ridge Room 309 College St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:30am

Beautifully Blissed Out
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A deep Yin Practice, artistically woven and challenging followed by a delicious Yoga Nidra. All Levels Welcome. Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice. Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect compliment to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. While initially this style of yoga can seem quite boring, passive, or soft, yin practice can be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses. We can remain in the postures anywhere from one to twenty minutes! Yin and yang tissues respond quite differently to being exercised. You need to experience this to really know what Yin Yoga is all about. After you have experienced it, even just once, you will realize that you have been doing only half of the asana practice. Yoga Nidra is an ancient but little-known yogic practice that's becoming increasingly popular as both a form of meditation and a mind-body therapy. It is a systematic form of guided relaxation, yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage. ... The yogic goal of both paths, deep relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation are the same, a state called samadhi.

Presenter
avatar for Tymi Howard

Tymi Howard

I AM TYMI HOWARD 500 E-RYT, International Yoga Teacher, Certified Holistic Health Coach and Owner of Guruv Yoga Studios in Central Florida. Pioneering the Vinyasa Yoga movement in Central Florida. You can join me teaching and presenting at yoga studios and gatherings around the world... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
Masonic Temple ~ Ballroom 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:30am

Bhakti Flow Master Class
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Experience power flow yoga in a dynamic session designed to take the inquisitive practitioner to a new level. This fun and challenging class is wrapped in love and devotion and will introduce students to Bhakti Flow, Rusty’s signature freestyle vinyasa class. It is a prayer-filled dance to the Beloved. Come prepared to sing, sweat and flow!

Presenter
avatar for Rusty Wells

Rusty Wells

Rusty Wells (Gopa) is a Yogic Messenger in the San Francisco bay area and beyond. He infuses his joyful, energetic, and often mind-blowing classes with his belief that we can best serve others and heal ourselves through unconditional love and devotion. To this end, he passes along... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room One 10 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:30am

The Motions of The Spine
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There’s an old adage,“you are only as young as your spine is flexible”. The spine is an electrical and mechanical super highway of functionality— a true miracle! In all of our actions, the spine leads the way. In this workshop, we will focus on axial extension to build postural strength and integrity through safe spinal movements. We will explore how this part of the body can bring vibrance and mobility to the rest of the body.

Presenter
avatar for Taylor Harkness

Taylor Harkness

Taylor is bent on moving people - both on and off the mat. He has an accessible, engaging, and lighthearted teaching style, as well as a passion for social topics and human rights. He's always eager to listen, learn, and pass it on.


Saturday July 28, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
Asheville Social Hall 81 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

11:00am

Bellydance for Transformation: Love Your Body, Change Your Life
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When you can truly love yourself, everything can change. In this workshop with life coach and professional bellydancer Lisa Zahiya, we will explore the art of bellydance while working on transformational habits and beliefs that will allow us to love ourselves and make change in our lives.

Presenter
avatar for Lisa Zahiya

Lisa Zahiya

Lisa Zahiya travels nationally and internationally as an award-winning performer and in-demand dance instructor, workshop and event facilitator, and speaker. Lisa is based in Asheville, NC where she is the founder & owner of Studio Zahiya, four time winner of "Best Place to Take a... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Hilton Garden Inn ~ Pillar Rooftop 309 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

11:00am

Druminyasa Flow
Limited Capacity full
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Drumming was the earliest form of tribal communication and has been used to celebrate significant ceremonial gatherings in many primitive cultures. Our daily lives are infused with rhythm; elements of nature, change in seasons, and life cycles. We connect with the elements: earth, our roots… where we’re from sustains us. Water nourishes our souls while reminding us to go with the flow. Air feels wild, free and full of possibility. Fire ignites the passion within to bring those possibilities to life! Navigating through this life, we are one with the elements. Feel the vibrations of the drums as you connect breath, heartbeat, and mind with the animal of your body.  Join Becky “Tara” Eschenroeder of Great Abiding Yoga and percussionist Brad Ellsworth of Druminyasa as tune into your primal nature while getting in touch with your creative spirit.

Presenter
avatar for Druminyasa

Druminyasa

Feel the rhythms of the drums as you connect breath,heartbeat,mind & body to your practice. As featured by The Washington Times, CBS, and Washington’s WTOP news, Brad Ellsworth of Druminyasa has been playing drums and percussion for over 25 years. Based in Richmond, Brad Ellsworth... Read More →
avatar for Becky (Tara) Eschenroeder

Becky (Tara) Eschenroeder

BECKY (TARA) ESCHENROEDER— A 500 HOUR E-RYT, 200 HOUR E-RYT, RCYT, YACEP —IS AN ACCOMPLISHED YOGI WHO WAS VOTED AS ONE OF THE TOP THREE YOGA INSTRUCTORS BY RICHMOND MAGAZINE. With some teachers, the lessons are planned. They are practiced. They are rehearsed. And they are perfected... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Masonic Temple ~ Theater 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

11:00am

Sanskrit 101
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Ever wondered what your teacher is saying in Sanskrit? Would you like to pronounce Sanskrit words confidently? Do you know the translations of postures such as "natarajasana"? This workshop will demystify pronunciations, spellings, definitions, and deeper meanings of terms that you hear, say, read, and sing. You will learn fascinating things and walk away with a true appreciation for this sacred sound system. Understanding the language of yoga will enhance your practice and professionalize your teaching. For new students thru lead instructors. Join us!
*Includes 8-page handout.  CEUs for RYTs

Presenter
avatar for Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D.

Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D.

received doctoral training at University of California, Santa Barbara and in India and has taught at UC Riverside, Davidson College, UNC Charlotte, and the Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte.  As founder of Sanskrit Revolution, she teaches Sanskrit... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
YMI Transformation Space 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

11:00am

Dynamic Alignment: Following the Inner Stream
Limited Capacity seats available

This class looks deeply at the inner connections of one body part to another, and how the unseen field of Prana can be revieled thru our practice. Explore self-awareness in asana thru rhythm, extension and holding.

Presenter
avatar for Lillah Schwartz

Lillah Schwartz

Lillah Schwartz, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, Iyengar Trained, Author Known by appreciative students as ”the queen of alignment,” Lillah shares the wisdom of 30+ years studying with yoga experts like BKS Iyengar, Aadil Palkhivala, Eric Small, and Matthew Sanford with students across the... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room Two 10 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC, USA

12:00pm

Soul Banquet with Christie Lenee
Enjoy something tasty from one of our awesome food vendors while relaxing to sweet tunes at the Bhakti Stage.

Musicians

Saturday July 28, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

12:30pm

Waterfall Hike ~ {+$35}
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This session requires a Waterfall Hike ticket. Only 3, 4 day or single day pass holders may purchase this add on session.

Waterfall Hike
Elevate yourself and your yoga practice by fully immersing your five senses in the natural beauty of Western North Carolina. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience hiking through our ancient mountains to meditate beside a 300-foot waterfall followed by a relaxing 60-90 minute yoga practice in the shade of tall forest trees. 
The trail (about 3 miles roundtrip) and yoga practice are suitable for all levels including beginners. You are welcome to bring your own mat or borrow one of ours. A refreshing bit of rain won’t stop us but in the event of unsafe weather conditions like thunderstorms or lightning, this experience will be cancelled and you will be issued a full refund. Reserve your spot now because space is limited and these special journeys will sell out soon!

Saturday July 28, 2018 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

12:45pm

Energetic Sound Healing with Skinny Beats
Limited Capacity seats available

A 30 minute sound healing session with locally renowned percussionist and owner of Skinny Beats; Billy Zanski. Become immersed in the rhythm and let your mind clear as the meditative vibrations wash over you.
This event will take place inside of our festival wellness tent at the Mountain Air Market. Chose your time on the SCHED app.

Presenter
BZ

Billy Zanski

Skinny Beats


Saturday July 28, 2018 12:45pm - 1:15pm
Vitality Meadow Reuter Terrace, S Market St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

1:00pm

Shoulder Love: Therapeutic Yoga for the Shoulders
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Cat will begin this class with an anatomy lesson on the shoulder joint and rotator cuff. Participants will learn the main causes of dysfunction in the shoulder and how to address a variety of symptoms including pain, radiating numbness and tingling down to the fingers, aching between the shoulder blades, aching in the arms, a deep ache in the shoulder joint itself, and loss of strength and mobility. Students will be led through a series of rolling practices with therapy balls to release tension and improper “pulling” on the shoulder. After the release, students will move through stretching and stabilizing practices to restore function. Throughout the class Cat will lead specific pranayama breathing practices to calm the nervous system and help ease tension through the whole Self.

Presenter
avatar for Cat Matlock

Cat Matlock

Cat Matlock, Founder of West Asheville Yoga and The Embodiment Center Asheville, is a chronic pain specialist known for her deep knowledge of anatomy.  She blends the use of therapeutic rolling (think foam rollers and balls) with strengthening and opening yoga, breathing practices... Read More →



Saturday July 28, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Masonic Temple ~ Ballroom 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

1:00pm

Rebel Rebel
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“In a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act”. Become a rebel. Let go of negativity and stand up for change - within yourself, within your community, within your world! This mixed-level flow class is intended to allow your authentic, child-like self the space to breathe and be. Deep stretches that feel amazing will make this rebellious act irresistible. Awake from savasana truly loving your badass self & feeling awesome about it...ready to inspire rebellion in others!

Presenter
avatar for Chelsey Korus

Chelsey Korus

Chelsey Korus is quickly becoming one of yoga’s foremost teachers and philosophers. She’s been featured in PopSugar, Prevention Magazine, Yoga Journal, Women’s Fitness, Mantra Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Shape, and is one of the top teachers on Yogaglo. Along with an exceptional... Read More →

Musicians
avatar for DJ Sol Rising

DJ Sol Rising

Sol Rising's original soundscapes evoke feelings of bliss throughout an eclectic mix of electronic music and hip-hop. Born in Vancouver BC, Sol Rising began meditating at age four with a walking mantra technique. His mother took him to visit numerous spiritual teachers, who inspired... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
YMI - OM Sanctuary Room 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

1:00pm

Strong & Supple
Limited Capacity seats available

integrating the Anatomy Trains arm lines into arm balancing asanas

Presenter
avatar for Michael Watson

Michael Watson

Beyond yoga, Pilates and Anatomy Trains teaching certifications, Michael leads advanced training programs, retreats & clinics worldwide. He has worked with athletes with disabilities at the Paralympic level & continues to develop ideas that integrate health, movement & wellness. As... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room One 10 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

1:00pm

Unapologetic Power
Limited Capacity seats available

There are several connotations of the word power and many, (for good reason), can be triggering. But we all hold within us an innate sense of power that stems from a knowing of self and a dedicated connection to a bigger picture. While we all possess this type of power, often the pathway to that source can become blocked or shadowed from life experiences unprocessed or un-actualized. Unapologetic Power is a workshop designed to move deeply into the practice of mindfully and reverently creating, holding and directing our power in the name of and in service to Love and is a critical tool in the development of both our individual and collective wellbeing. It is an exploration and application of movement, breath, meditation and writing exercises designed to remember and refine our innate ability to tap into the source of all things so that you can bring the power of your presence into all that you do. Asana, lecture, journaling. All levels welcome.

Presenter
avatar for Carrington Jackson

Carrington Jackson

Carrington began teaching in 2004. Her classes are a canvas of movement, breath, prayer and magic. Her passion is helping students to unify the pieces of self into the more powerful whole. She teaches internationally and is the Yoga In Action Coordinator for Off The Mat Into the World and regional leader for CTZNWELL... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Asheville Social Hall 81 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

1:30pm

New Human, New Earth, New Timeline
Limited Capacity seats available

DeAnne is a local vortex guide and we are thrilled that she will be taking yogis out to experience the magical energies of the Blue Ridge mountains. Because the participation in this outdoor experience is limited, we have asked DeAnne to bring her awareness of vortex and sacred site energies to this inspirational and informative hour, where she will share about the gifts and transformative power of the vibrational world.
According to DeAnne, our perceived world is changing because our Earth is changing. Our planet is literally moving into a new vibrational space within our Solar System, which is impacting who we are as a humanity, more than we know. For over a decade, DeAnne has been teaching about a “new human” consciousness and energy that is changing our relationship to power, to life purpose, to one another and to consciousness itself. In this talk she will share her personal experiences of gathering wisdom, divine intelligence and ancient memory from the Earth Mother, Gaia… as well as, the secrets the Earth holds in activating our Authentic Nature and Crystalline DNA.
“The Earth has long been this humanity’s vibrational mirror. At no other time in our history as a species has the Earth Mother offered the invitation and potential that she does now to the human family. All of her vortices around the world, known and unknown, are activating. Her chakras and light body are cleansing, restructuring and rebalancing as she moves into a new position in the Cosmos, and we have the opportunity to move with her in a synchronized attunement of expansion.”
You are invited to come and share in this inspired New Human/New Earth experience, where you will learn tools and techniques to take with you to deepen your connection to nature, consciousness and the evolving Self.

Presenter
avatar for DeAnne Hampton

DeAnne Hampton

DeAnne is a teacher, radio host, author and energy intuitive. Her work is based in a New Paradigm of Consciousness and Energy called the New Human. Her guided nature experiences offer not only the opportunity to immerse yourself in beautiful, secluded nature, this experience will... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Serenity Lounge N Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

1:30pm

Yoga and the Military: A Photographic Exploration Documenting the Revolution
Limited Capacity seats available

Using a collection of Robert Sturman’s stunning images of “uncommon” yogis off the mat and in the world (prisoners, military service members, veterans, firefighters, policemen, etc.), Robert, along with Susan and Annie of Warriors at Ease, will share how yoga is impacting the world one breath at a time.

Presenter
avatar for Susan Alden, C-IAYT

Susan Alden, C-IAYT

Susan is the Executive Director of Warrior at Ease.  She is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and served as a logistics officer in the 82nd Airborne and 3rd Infantry Divisions.  She first began teaching yoga in the military in 1997 as a Second Lieutenant, sharing... Read More →
avatar for Annie Okerlin

Annie Okerlin

Annie Okerlin, C-IAYT: Annie Okerlin has been a yoga teacher since 1999. The daughter of two World War II and Korean War veterans, Annie has a deep appreciation for the veterans of our country. Her passion for helping the wounded warriors of today’s wars led her to Walter Reed National... Read More →
avatar for Robert Sturman

Robert Sturman

A dedicated yoga practitioner, photographer Robert Sturman has increasingly focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana in his work. His portraits, whether set in the lively streets of Manhattan, the expansive beaches and canyons of Malibu, the foothills... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Masonic Temple ~ Theater 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

1:30pm

Breakdown to Breakthrough
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Yoga is the process of disrupting and disorienting the body so as to discover new pathways towards change. Around the world yogis are reinventing the rules of engagement – showing up in ways that are more conscious, compassionate and creative. Navigating this time in our lives and in the world does not require us to cultivate more security, rather it calls us to buckle up and embrace the chaos. Only then, can we know where we are so that we can know where we are going. The beauty is in the breakdown.

Presenter
avatar for Kerri Kelly

Kerri Kelly

Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, a movement to mobilize the wellbeing community into a powerful force for change. Her work was sparked on 9-11, when she lost her fireman step-dad in the towers. She quickly discovered the power of mindfulness, not just as a tool for personal healing... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room Two 10 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC, USA

1:30pm

The Radical Act of Self Care
Limited Capacity seats available

In yoga, the "self" truly is a reflection of everyone that we interact with; there is no separation and we are inextricably linked. The current cultural context is one that is greatly imbalanced, causing dysfunction, separation, isolation, trauma and harm individually and collectively. Self-Care is a radical act of resistance.It is time for us to consider how we want to more intentionally care for ourselves and others. Through the practice of yoga, this workshop will focus on the relationship that you have with yourself and how that informs your relationships with others. In this workshop we will explore what it means to make space to practice self-care and what it means to care for the collective good. We will set intentions focused on living into the highest versions of ourselves, and make space to heal our hearts so that we can more clearly see our connection with others.

Presenter
avatar for Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson

A 500 RYT, Michelle's desires to create space for others to understand, feel, know, & embody that we are enough as we are. In a world where we are told we are broken, damaged, & no good, a world where oppression causes some of us to be unseen - Her goal is to empower people to connect... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn ~ Blue Ridge Room 309 College St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

1:30pm

Where Do I Go From Here?
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn to take your arm balances to the next level! Transition in, out, and between arm balances and other postures with ease.  Learn to use your core to create lightness and lift while gaining a deeper understanding of anatomical principles that help the body move with more grace and ease. Play with tricky and fun ways to add arm balances and inversions into your practice. A basic foundation of arm balancing is suggested for this workshop.

Presenter
avatar for Anton Mackey

Anton Mackey

Anton Mackey is an experienced and passionate Vinyasa Yoga teacher based out of Phoenix, Arizona. With a background in anatomy & physiology and a passion for seeking the truth,Anton skillfully bridges the gap between the physical and spiritual, giving students the freedom to experience... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
YMI Transformation Space 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

2:00pm

Yoloha® Wheel Demo
Come and learn benefits, tips & techniques for using the Yoloha Cork Yoga Wheel.  A simple circle with a surprising amount of ways to enhance your practice. From stretching and relieving pain in the spine and shoulders to assisting the safe advancement into deeper postures. Handmade from sustainably-sourced wood and non-slip cork.

Saturday July 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Vitality Meadow Reuter Terrace, S Market St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

3:00pm

Free Community Yoga with Laura Juarez
Free Community Yoga ~ Donations accepted and all proceeds will go directly to our non-profit partner, Light a Path.

Saturday July 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Vitality Meadow Reuter Terrace, S Market St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

3:00pm

Sonic Bliss
Using Sanskrit chants as well as mystical poetry, Sonic Bliss Kirtan is a band of devotional musicians from the NYC area.  LISA FERRARO on vocals/harmonium, is a yoga instructor and classically trained singer who has studied Sanskrit, mantras and ragas with Russill Paul. Lisa offers workshops on the power of sound, movement and mantra.  Study with her online with her Sonic Bliss School! DAVE TILLISTRAND, on bass/guitar is also a professional theater performer. CLIFF HACKFORD, on tabla and cajon is the producer of Sonic Bliss Kirtan's album, Out of the Mystics on the Divine Wine Music labelSonic Bliss Kirtan has performed at Bhakti Fest West for three years as well as at festivals and yoga studios in the tri-state area. Check out Lisa and the band on Facebook, twitter, as well as on reverbnation.com/sonicblisskirtan and at www.sonicblissyoga.com!

Musicians
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Sonic Bliss Kirtan

Using Sanskrit chants as well as mystical poetry, Sonic Bliss Kirtan is a band of devotional musicians from the NYC area.  LISA FERRARO on vocals/harmonium, is a yoga instructor and classically trained singer who has studied Sanskrit, mantras and ragas with Russill Paul. Lisa offers... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

3:00pm

SUP Yoga ~ {+$35}
Limited Capacity filling up
This session requires a SUP ticket. Only 3, 4 day or single day pass holders may purchase this add on session.

SUP Yoga
Be present, connect with nature and have fun!  SUP yoga is a unique way to experience your practice. The added challenge of balancing on water heightens your awareness of body alignment and requires that you pay attention now. Connect deeper with the five Elements of nature present in our outdoor classroom and also present inside of each of us. One of the best reasons to enjoy SUP yoga is floating Savasana. It could be the most relaxing pose you’ll ever experience!
In this class we’ll start with a quick intro to the board, paddle, leash and PFD (personal floatation device), followed by an intro on how to stand up and basic SUP paddle strokes. From there we’ll launch onto the river and paddle to the anchor system that will keep our boards anchored for class. After our yoga class on the boards we’ll paddle back to the take-out.  

NOTE: No prior SUP experience necessary and you can paddle on your knees in the beginning if you don’t want to stand up. SUP beginners and never evers welcome! All levels.

What to Bring:
~ Wear quick dry (lycra, bathing suit etc..) clothing that you don’t mind getting wet – note that if you fall in and there is a breeze you may want a long sleeve shirt to put on – please don’t wear cotton as it gets heavy when it’s wet and doesn’t wick moisture.
~ A strap for your glasses or sunglasses – FYI if you don’t wear a strap and you fall in you will lose your sunglasses/glasses.
~ Sunscreen
~ Water bottle
~ Towel and a change of clothes for after class
~ Water shoes/sandals for launching on and taking off the river

Presenter
avatar for Anna Levesque

Anna Levesque

Anna Levesque is the leading expert on paddling instruction for women and yoga for paddling, including SUP Yoga. She is the author of the book Yoga for Paddling, published by Falcon Guides. Anna was voted 2017 Most Inspirational Outdoors Person in Best of the Blue Ridge from Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, and named one of the most inspirational paddlers alive by Canoe and Kayak Magazine. Her twenty-plus years of experience as an accomplished international compet... Read More →



Saturday July 28, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Pack Square Park 80 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

3:30pm

Chakra Flow
Limited Capacity filling up

We will explore the aspects of the 7 main chakras and how they can be engaged in a powerful and healing way to enhance our understanding of how we see and interact with the world. The chakras are energetic centers that hold valuable and relevant information and tools for real insight and transformation. This class will include lecture, mantra, and creative vinyasa flow.

Presenter
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Stephanie Snyder

Stephanie Snyder is a vinyasa yoga teacher who leads workshops and trainings around the world. She is known as a teachers teacher who comes with a fierceness and reverence for the practice both on and off the mat. Her sense of humor, commitment to philosophy and deep knowledge of... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Masonic Temple ~ Ballroom 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

3:30pm

Slow Flow: A Soulful Yoga Mix of Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative Yoga
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

When Chelsea began teaching over a decade ago, her most popular classes were the ones that elevated her ability to align yoga postures and soulful music that were always in conversation with the intentions, purpose, and power of yoga. Join Chelsea for a slow flow vinyasa class that centers the impact music has on her practice and the ways in which she shares across communities.

Presenter
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Chelsea Jackson Roberts

Chelsea Jackson Roberts, celebrated yoga instructor, educator, and passionate change agent skilled in the art of cultivating community through yoga. With 10+ years of teaching experience in asana & meditation, Chelsea’s unique teaching style makes yoga truly accessible to a wide... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm
YMI - OM Sanctuary Room 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

3:30pm

The Heart of Hanuman
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Adam for a 2-hour workshop where we’ll explore the inspiring tales of this divine monkey through story, song and sweat! Hanuman is a relatively minor character in traditional texts but through his devotion and dedication to his dharma, he has won his way into the heart of modern yoga. Be ready to take flight on your mat in a powerful and uplifting asana practice. We will flow, balance, invert and maybe even leap over an ocean or two in this class integrated with Kirtan and overflowing with community and heart. You will leave inspired and uplifted by Hanuman’s adventures and ready to live with his clarity and purpose.

Presenter
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Adam Whiting

I used to have panic attacks. The kind the struck with such ferocity and frequency that I was convinced I was dying. My arms and face would go numb, the room would spin with vertigo and every ounce of my being was thrown into primal survival mode. I’m not sure why I went to my first... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Hilton Garden Inn ~ Blue Ridge Room 309 College St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

3:30pm

Vinyasa Yoga & Meditation for Unconditional Healing
Limited Capacity seats available

Amplify your own healing power by removing resistance and lethargy. Move into your grace, power and love. Together we will create a container of healing and send it out to our loved ones and the world. This class includes dynamic asana, yoga nidra and seated meditation.

Presenter
avatar for Tracee Stanley

Tracee Stanley

Tracee began sharing her understanding of the ancient technology of Tantra when Yogarupa Rod Stryker initiated her into the lineage of Sri Vidya in 2001. The focus of Tracee’s teaching is empowerment, sankalpa (intention), self-mastery and healing. As a senior teacher in the ParaYoga... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Masonic Temple ~ Theater 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

4:00pm

Bucket Beats
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a free community event, open to the public - no need to register, just show up!
The percussive sounds of the bucket drums can be heard throughout city streets and subway stations across the world. Now you can learn to rock the buckets with your fellow yogis. Led by percussionist & yoga instructor Brad Ellsworth of Druminyasa® this fun workshop will begin with basic drumming fundamentals and then move to group bucket drum rhythms. Afterwards, you’ll be ready to unleash those bucket beats on the streets. No prior drumming experience required.
 

Presenter
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Druminyasa

Feel the rhythms of the drums as you connect breath,heartbeat,mind & body to your practice. As featured by The Washington Times, CBS, and Washington’s WTOP news, Brad Ellsworth of Druminyasa has been playing drums and percussion for over 25 years. Based in Richmond, Brad Ellsworth... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

4:00pm

Meet & Mingle
Join a few of awesome presenters in the Sunnyside Tent to for book signings and to learn more about additional opportunities for practicing and studying with them.

Presenter
avatar for Susan Alden, C-IAYT

Susan Alden, C-IAYT

Susan is the Executive Director of Warrior at Ease.  She is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and served as a logistics officer in the 82nd Airborne and 3rd Infantry Divisions.  She first began teaching yoga in the military in 1997 as a Second Lieutenant, sharing... Read More →
avatar for Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D.

Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D.

received doctoral training at University of California, Santa Barbara and in India and has taught at UC Riverside, Davidson College, UNC Charlotte, and the Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte.  As founder of Sanskrit Revolution, she teaches Sanskrit... Read More →
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Lillah Schwartz

Lillah Schwartz, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, Iyengar Trained, Author Known by appreciative students as ”the queen of alignment,” Lillah shares the wisdom of 30+ years studying with yoga experts like BKS Iyengar, Aadil Palkhivala, Eric Small, and Matthew Sanford with students across the... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Serenity Lounge N Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

4:00pm

The 5 Elements: Aligning To Your Core Self
Limited Capacity seats available

How you exercise informs the life you live. When your practice becomes a part of the way you move through life, when it becomes in you - that’s integration. That’s embodiment. You can connect more deeply to your movement practice by attuning your awareness to the cycles of life, the seasons, the ebb and flow... as both a Pilates instructor and acupuncturist, Brooke will take you through movement, breath, and posture work as you learn about the 5 Elements of Chinese Medicine. Brooke will offer practical ways to use this knowledge to align with each element as it is found both in your body and in nature. Through this intentional movement you will access stability & freedom, and tap into tools & inspiration to be guided by your deepest core self.

Presenter
avatar for Brooke Tyler

Brooke Tyler

Brooke's journey with classical Pilates began in 2002 when she trained in Seattle with Dorothee VandeWalle. The more she instructed, the more she saw how her clients could benefit from the rich tradition of Chinese medicine - a source of healthcare foundational for her since childhood... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Asheville Social Hall 81 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

4:00pm

Yoga of 12 Step Recovery
Limited Capacity seats available

Y12SR “connects the dots” between the ancient wisdom of yoga, the practical tools of 12-step programs, and the latest research on trauma healing and neurobiology. As part of a holistic recovery program, it works in tandem with traditional treatment to address the physical, mental and spiritual disease of addiction.The program serves people recovering from all manifestations of addiction, from behavioral addictions to substance abuse – creating a safe place on the mat where trauma can be released. It also supports those who are impacted by a loved one’s addiction. Weekly meetings led by certified Y12SR leaders are available in community settings across the United States. Y12SR is also offered as an adjunctive therapy in a growing number of addiction recovery treatment centers.

Presenter
avatar for Tanya Rodriguez

Tanya Rodriguez

Y12SR links the ancient wisdom of yoga, the practical tools of 12-step programs, and the latest research on trauma healing and neurobiology. As part of a holistic recovery program, it works in tandem with traditional treatment to address the physical, mental and spiritual disease... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
YMI Transformation Space 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

5:00pm

Acro Yoga Jam - Open To All!
Come check out a few sweet AcroYoga performances and try your hand at being a base, or a flyer!

There will be live music and lots of fun!

Presenter
avatar for Jean Jacques Gabriel

Jean Jacques Gabriel

Jean-Jacques Gabriel is a Haitian born artist and yoga teacher. He’s been practicing yoga since 2001, teaching yoga since 2006, and teaching AcroYoga since 2008. He has taught in public schools, prisons, nonprofits, businesses, and yoga studios. He loves sharing practices that foster... Read More →
avatar for Rob Lenfestey

Rob Lenfestey

Rob Lenfestey is an educator and innovator in the world of radical, creative, superhuman self-empowerment through his practice of Creative Convergence. Rob’s passion is to give the gifts of knowledge, empowerment and health to all.


Saturday July 28, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Playground North Pack Square, Asheville, NC, USA

5:30pm

Life Like Water
Musicians
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Life Like Water

The best way to live / is to be like water / for water benefits all things / and goes against none of them.          -Lao TzuLife Like Water is the brainchild of David Matters and is a musical response to a radical shift in awareness.After many years of creating music through... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

7:00pm

EPIC Celebration Party ~ MC YOGI & DJ Sol Rising & Friends
Limited Capacity seats available
To sign up for this event you must purchase a ticket through eventbrite. Please go to this link to purchase: ​https://www.ashevilleyogafestival.com/tickets​​​
Asheville Yoga Festival hosts an EPIC CELEBRATION PARTY! Join us for a sunset yoga class at Salvage Station. Soak up lovely views of the river as beloved yoga teacher, musician, and ‘Spiritual Graffiti’ author MC YOGI leads you through an energetic yoga practice (perfect for all levels) followed by a dance party and live concert performance, with beats by DJ SOL RISING. This is the one time the entire festival community can gather together & the one event you don’t want to miss! Bring your mat, your friends and your good vibes — get ready for a night of FUN.
$15 ticket price includes yoga class & concert. Tickets purchased through Eventbrite.

Presenter
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MC YOGI

From living in a group home to becoming known as yoga’s modern day ambassador to the West, hiphop artist, MC YOGI is on a mission to introduce yoga to large, mainstream audiences. His latest album, RITUAL MYSTICAL, made history by going #1 on the Electronic charts. His first book... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Salvage Station 468 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28801
 
Sunday, July 29
 

7:00am

Sunrise Meditation
Limited Capacity filling up

Rise, shine & still your mind!

Presenter

Sunday July 29, 2018 7:00am - 7:30am
Serenity Lounge N Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

7:30am

Spirit of the Mountains Vortex Tour ~ {+$40}
Limited Capacity seats available
This session requires a Vortex Tour ticket. Only 3, 4 day or single day pass holders may purchase this add on session.

Vortex Tour
This will be a unique opportunity to experience the powerful and magical energies in the ancient mountains of Asheville. DeAnne believes the wisdom and vibration of these mountains assist humans in creating bridges from lives that have been outer directed to more intuitive and authentic lives aligned with the individual’s true purpose. DeAnne has been guiding vortex experiences in Western Carolina for almost a decade and has discovered sacred and ancient sites, vortex energies and spiritual phenomenon in very pristine and remote areas. Most of this magical world is off trail and not found on any maps. When DeAnne is contacted by an individual or group for a vortex experience, she begins tuning into the energies, intentions and desires of those coming and designs a one of a kind outing that will allow for the most optimal and gratifying experience possible. She is excited to create an outing just for yogis and the Asheville Yoga Festival.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes you can climb around in and don’t mind getting dirty. You are welcome to bring water and encouraged to bring a small gift for nature.

Presenter
avatar for DeAnne Hampton

DeAnne Hampton

DeAnne is a teacher, radio host, author and energy intuitive. Her work is based in a New Paradigm of Consciousness and Energy called the New Human. Her guided nature experiences offer not only the opportunity to immerse yourself in beautiful, secluded nature, this experience will... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 7:30am - 11:30am
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

8:00am

Sunday Morning Yoga of Sound
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore one of the most ancient and powerful forms of yoga- the yoga of sound vibration. Learn about how sound has been utilized to shift consciousness in cultures around the world as well as in the science and medical fields. Experience a special morning 'vocal vinyasa' yoga singing practice designed to help you tune the instrument of your body-- creating deeper resonance, suppleness, and power in your voice. Experience a playful rhythm session guided by Gwendolyn to help you get in touch with your inner drummer. And savor the power of delightfully bringing song and dance together to awaken joy and brighten your soul. No singing or musical experience is necessary.


Presenter
avatar for Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band

Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band

New Orleans' Sean Johnson & Wild Lotus Band are celebrated as one of the guiding voices of bhakti yoga in America, sharing concerts and workshops year-round. Sean is also the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga in New Orleans, the Soul School teacher training program, and BHAKTImmersion. This... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
YMI - OM Sanctuary Room 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

8:00am

Yoga Nidra + Deep Relaxation
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you been longing for a yoga practice that is supportive and deeply reflective? Join Chelsea for an intimate yoga nidra experience where she will guide you through a restorative meditation using the breath, relaxation, and visualization. This class is for all ages, backgrounds, body types, and levels of experience.

Presenter
avatar for Chelsea Jackson Roberts

Chelsea Jackson Roberts

Chelsea Jackson Roberts, celebrated yoga instructor, educator, and passionate change agent skilled in the art of cultivating community through yoga. With 10+ years of teaching experience in asana & meditation, Chelsea’s unique teaching style makes yoga truly accessible to a wide... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
Asheville Social Hall 81 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

8:00am

Stabilizing & Unwinding the Hips
Limited Capacity seats available

“The Hips”is an often overgeneralized and collective term used in yoga, but there are many different chambers and pockets, nooks and crannies to this powerhouse of mobility. In this workshop, we work our way into, around and through the entire hip junction with a practice aimed at not pushing too deeply, exploring stances and variations that are appropriate for our own unique skeletons, preventing knee and hip injury, and ending with a restorative practice in order to breathe release back into this region.

Presenter
avatar for Taylor Harkness

Taylor Harkness

Taylor is bent on moving people - both on and off the mat. He has an accessible, engaging, and lighthearted teaching style, as well as a passion for social topics and human rights. He's always eager to listen, learn, and pass it on.


Sunday July 29, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
Masonic Temple ~ Ballroom 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

8:00am

The Dance of Shiva & Shakti
Limited Capacity seats available

Experience the Yin/Yang factor in this perfectly balanced Vinyasa and Yin Yoga practice. A heat building detoxifying flow increasing prana and energy through the body, flowing right into an artfully woven yin practice, focusing on the connective tissue and fascia. The Vin / Yin combo allows us to dive deep into unexplored layers of tension and patterns of holding in the body, releasing our issues from all our tissues. By working both feminine and masculine, yin and yang, muscular and organic aspects of our being, we provide a "holistic" and whole body healing. Float off your mat without any cravings!

Presenter
avatar for Tymi Howard

Tymi Howard

I AM TYMI HOWARD 500 E-RYT, International Yoga Teacher, Certified Holistic Health Coach and Owner of Guruv Yoga Studios in Central Florida. Pioneering the Vinyasa Yoga movement in Central Florida. You can join me teaching and presenting at yoga studios and gatherings around the world... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
Hilton Garden Inn ~ Blue Ridge Room 309 College St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

8:00am

Warrior of Love
Limited Capacity seats available

Let’s take all the power and passion we build up from the practice and discover a way to harness it for universal and personal good. We work so hard in our warrior poses and all those asanas that require us to give ourselves completely. What good is this if we don’t find some genuine purpose for all these efforts? Bhakti can transform the “why” in the practice towards a greater good in our lives. Together, let’s become Warriors of Love in order to bring peace and love to all those in need. Come prepared to sweat and sing and wake up what’s long been forgotten!

Presenter
avatar for Rusty Wells

Rusty Wells

Rusty Wells (Gopa) is a Yogic Messenger in the San Francisco bay area and beyond. He infuses his joyful, energetic, and often mind-blowing classes with his belief that we can best serve others and heal ourselves through unconditional love and devotion. To this end, he passes along... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room One 10 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

8:30am

Awakening Awareness & Gong Bath
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Awakening Awareness combines pranayama, mudra, essential oils, and a gentle, yet active Kundalini yoga practice that will help you access, clear, and stabilize your center of awareness. We will end with a Gong Bath to further enhance your ability to connect with your truest essence. From this grounded space, you will be ready to re-enter the world in more whole and embodied way.

Presenter
avatar for Stacey Vann

Stacey Vann

Stacey has been sharing the transformative & integrative path of yoga around the globe since 1997. Her teaching style is infused with laughter, energy, & love. She encourages her students to attain stillness, contentment & freedom through a commitment to sadhana (daily spiritual practice... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Masonic Temple ~ Theater 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

8:30am

Ayurveda 101
Limited Capacity filling up

Consider this Ayurveda 101 for men and women! You’ll learn how Ayurveda helps you get healthier, happier, centered & at peace. Learn about diet, sleep, sex, doshas, meditation, raising kids &more. If you’ve ever wondered what’s Ayurveda, a dosha, or why the wisdom of India should ever matter to you -- then you’re in for a treat. Meet Katie Silcox, author of the New York Times best-seller Healthy, Happy, Ayurveda. She’s a tantric ayurvedic teacher-- a former business professional who left the corporate world for the mystics of India and yoga-- who explains the basics of Ayurveda and how it can help you live a healthier, happier, more energized life She discusses the Ayurveda concept of 5-elemnt theory, season routine and dosha, and why it matters to you if you want to continue your yoga practice long into your older years. You’ll also learn about natural rhythms and how it affects sleep. About listening to your intuition, the important of self love, and critical self care, plus moving past struggle and anxiety.

Presenter

Sunday July 29, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
YMI Transformation Space 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

8:30am

Art of Balance: Slackline for Everyone
Limited Capacity seats available

The slackline is a special tool that helps us find stillness in an ever-moving system, to find relaxation in an active posture and provides a powerful mind-body-spirit altering tool for biofeedback in our relationship to the world of Balance. Novices and experts alike are welcome as we explore the fundamentals of slackline as a tool for mindfulness, honing the body and changing the way we move in the world. We will explore how utilizing the slackline can have lasting effects on the rest of our lives.

Presenter
avatar for Rob Lenfestey

Rob Lenfestey

Rob Lenfestey is an educator and innovator in the world of radical, creative, superhuman self-empowerment through his practice of Creative Convergence. Rob’s passion is to give the gifts of knowledge, empowerment and health to all.


Sunday July 29, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
The Playground North Pack Square, Asheville, NC, USA

8:30am

Elemental Awareness Flow
Limited Capacity filling up

Working with the wisdom of multiple spiritual paths, this class calls in the four directions and their corresponding elements to create a sacred flow.  As above, so below, as without, so within. Through vinyasa sequences that flow like water and pranayama that builds a passionate fire inside we will connect deeper to Mother Earth and Father Sky. Utilizing the benefits of the physical practice to ground our bodies we allow our spirit to fly! Guided by the sounds of uplifting beats, we will connect to our highest selves and raise the vibration of our global tribe. This class includes elements of mediation, pranayama, sound healing and of course asana.

Presenter
avatar for Anton Mackey

Anton Mackey

Anton Mackey is an experienced and passionate Vinyasa Yoga teacher based out of Phoenix, Arizona. With a background in anatomy & physiology and a passion for seeking the truth,Anton skillfully bridges the gap between the physical and spiritual, giving students the freedom to experience... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Hilton Garden Inn ~ Pillar Rooftop 309 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

8:30am

Melt More with AcroYoga Theraueutics
Limited Capacity filling up

Come explore therapeutic flying (suspended bodywork) that hang low to the ground and come with added stability and sense of safety. Allow the lower transitions to coax more release of tension and cultivate more relaxation. No experience necessary!

Presenter
avatar for Jean Jacques Gabriel

Jean Jacques Gabriel

Jean-Jacques Gabriel is a Haitian born artist and yoga teacher. He’s been practicing yoga since 2001, teaching yoga since 2006, and teaching AcroYoga since 2008. He has taught in public schools, prisons, nonprofits, businesses, and yoga studios. He loves sharing practices that foster... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room Two 10 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC, USA

9:00am

Flavia Krishna & Gerhsone
Musicians
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Flavia Krishna & Gershone

Based out of Athens/Atlanta, we are a chanting/singing duo spreading Light through Sacred Sounds...Chanting sacred mantras & songs in Sanskrit, English,Portuguese, Hebrew,&Spanish...we facilitate sound healing experiences for expanding our self expression and connecting to the Divine."The... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

9:00am

Free Community Yoga ~ Tucker Shelton
Free Community Yoga ~ Donations accepted and all proceeds will go directly to our non-profit partner, Light a Path.

Sunday July 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Vitality Meadow Reuter Terrace, S Market St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:00am

SUP Yoga
Limited Capacity filling up
This session requires a SUP ticket. Only 3, 4 day or single day pass holders may purchase this add on session.

SUP Yoga
Be present, connect with nature and have fun!  SUP yoga is a unique way to experience your practice. The added challenge of balancing on water heightens your awareness of body alignment and requires that you pay attention now. Connect deeper with the five Elements of nature present in our outdoor classroom and also present inside of each of us. One of the best reasons to enjoy SUP yoga is floating Savasana. It could be the most relaxing pose you’ll ever experience!
In this class we’ll start with a quick intro to the board, paddle, leash and PFD (personal floatation device), followed by an intro on how to stand up and basic SUP paddle strokes. From there we’ll launch onto the river and paddle to the anchor system that will keep our boards anchored for class. After our yoga class on the boards we’ll paddle back to the take-out.  

NOTE: No prior SUP experience necessary and you can paddle on your knees in the beginning if you don’t want to stand up. SUP beginners and never evers welcome! All levels.

What to Bring:
~ Wear quick dry (lycra, bathing suit etc..) clothing that you don’t mind getting wet – note that if you fall in and there is a breeze you may want a long sleeve shirt to put on – please don’t wear cotton as it gets heavy when it’s wet and doesn’t wick moisture.
~ A strap for your glasses or sunglasses – FYI if you don’t wear a strap and you fall in you will lose your sunglasses/glasses.
~ Sunscreen
~ Water bottle
~ Towel and a change of clothes for after class
~ Water shoes/sandals for launching on and taking off the river

Presenter
avatar for Anna Levesque

Anna Levesque

Anna Levesque is the leading expert on paddling instruction for women and yoga for paddling, including SUP Yoga. She is the author of the book Yoga for Paddling, published by Falcon Guides. Anna was voted 2017 Most Inspirational Outdoors Person in Best of the Blue Ridge from Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, and named one of the most inspirational paddlers alive by Canoe and Kayak Magazine. Her twenty-plus years of experience as an accomplished international compet... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Pack Square Park 80 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:00am

Self Care Sanctuary
Relax & restore ~ massage/acupuncture/sound healing. A variety of practitioners will be available on site ready to offer their services. Schedule your session when you arrive, spots will fill!

Sunday July 29, 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm
Vitality Meadow Reuter Terrace, S Market St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:00am

Mountain Air Market
Allow time in your schedule to enjoy our vibrant outdoor market featuring 60+ health & wellness vendors, tasty treats, community yoga, Bhakti music stage, slackline yoga, Sunnyside Lounge, and more.

Sunday July 29, 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm

10:30am

Exciterbox
Sunday July 29, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

10:30am

Deep Release
Limited Capacity filling up

You hold your entire life story in your body. Due to the demands of modern life, many of us find it hard to self regulate. We become drawn into the hussle bussle, we may feel overwhelmed, over scheduled and under-rested. We are too frequently in the Flight or Fight instinct and need to find the pause where we can drop down and breathe. In this workshop we will focus on gentle restorative somatic movement that is designed to help the body mind and heart unwind from the daily assault of daily stress and trauma. Somatic movement is very gentle, rhythmic, and extremely soothing. It is based on our bodies innate ability to release tension.

Presenter
avatar for Stephanie Snyder

Stephanie Snyder

Stephanie Snyder is a vinyasa yoga teacher who leads workshops and trainings around the world. She is known as a teachers teacher who comes with a fierceness and reverence for the practice both on and off the mat. Her sense of humor, commitment to philosophy and deep knowledge of... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Masonic Temple ~ Ballroom 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:30am

Feminist AF
Limited Capacity filling up

Let’s celebrate the strength and confidence of women, uniting together as we move and dance to your favorite female-empowering songs! The music and flow of this class will ignite feelings of connectedness to self and to the sisterhood of ladies in your life and around the world.

Presenter
avatar for Chelsey Korus

Chelsey Korus

Chelsey Korus is quickly becoming one of yoga’s foremost teachers and philosophers. She’s been featured in PopSugar, Prevention Magazine, Yoga Journal, Women’s Fitness, Mantra Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Shape, and is one of the top teachers on Yogaglo. Along with an exceptional... Read More →

Musicians
avatar for DJ Sol Rising

DJ Sol Rising

Sol Rising's original soundscapes evoke feelings of bliss throughout an eclectic mix of electronic music and hip-hop. Born in Vancouver BC, Sol Rising began meditating at age four with a walking mantra technique. His mother took him to visit numerous spiritual teachers, who inspired... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
YMI - OM Sanctuary Room 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

10:30am

Balancing The Pelvis: Understanding Lumbopelvic balance
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will introduce and analyze the importance of psoas/quadratus lumborum dynamics in relation to spinal mechanics.

Presenter
avatar for Michael Watson

Michael Watson

Beyond yoga, Pilates and Anatomy Trains teaching certifications, Michael leads advanced training programs, retreats & clinics worldwide. He has worked with athletes with disabilities at the Paralympic level & continues to develop ideas that integrate health, movement & wellness. As... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
Hilton Garden Inn ~ Blue Ridge Room 309 College St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:30am

The Space Between: An Exploration of Yin Yoga
Limited Capacity seats available

Yin Yoga is one of the most energetically transformational asana yoga
practices. Through deep discussion and a long exploratory practice, we
investigate the Traditional Chinese Meridians and their anatomical
counterparts, the fascial meridians. With hands on learning and embodied
practice, we will learn how we can use both the meridians and the fascial
trains to create a healthy functional body, a clear and calm mind, and
balanced energy.

Presenter
avatar for Adam Whiting

Adam Whiting

I used to have panic attacks. The kind the struck with such ferocity and frequency that I was convinced I was dying. My arms and face would go numb, the room would spin with vertigo and every ounce of my being was thrown into primal survival mode. I’m not sure why I went to my first... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
Asheville Social Hall 81 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

10:30am

Yogi Misfit: From Struggle to Surrender
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop, we will bring our individual stories to the mat and embrace our inner misfit. You will experience a physical movement practice intensified by deep house beats. Unified, we will welcome struggle as our best teacher and move towards surrender.

Presenter
avatar for Danni Pomplun

Danni Pomplun

Danni Pomplun is a 500-hr E-RYT Yoga Teacher, teacher trainer and a member of the training faculty at Yoga Tree in San Francisco. Danni leads popular workshops and immersions across the country as well. No matter where he goes the thread of community remains. His style has been described... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room One 10 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

11:00am

Mastering the Art of Yoga Photography: Be the Model and/or the Photographer!
Limited Capacity seats available

Discover the secrets of how to make powerful, poetic images celebrating the beautiful art of yoga. Aspiring models and yogis: learn what it takes to get great pictures. Photography enthusiasts: learn about composition, balance, integration of the pose with the environment, connecting with the model, and much more. Come be the photographer, model, artist, muse--or all of the above. Bring your camera, phone, questions, and curiosity. The first half of the workshop will be inside. In the second half, we'll venture outside into the natural daylight.

Lecture with interactive photo shoots.

Robert will also be booking a limited amount of private shoots in Asheville during the festival. Email info@robertsturmanstudio.com for details and to secure a session.

Presenter
avatar for Robert Sturman

Robert Sturman

A dedicated yoga practitioner, photographer Robert Sturman has increasingly focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana in his work. His portraits, whether set in the lively streets of Manhattan, the expansive beaches and canyons of Malibu, the foothills... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Masonic Temple ~ Theater 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

11:00am

The Art of Yogic Speech
Limited Capacity seats available

Speech is powerful.  Is yours aligned with truth?  Is it beneficial?  In the current, tense political climate where unfriending is not uncommon, ethical communication is paramount. Drawing from yoga traditions and world religions, this class focuses on how to achieve clarity and maintain dignity and mutual respect during in-person and social media communications on sensitive, charged topics.  Includes lecture, discussion, personal reflection, and small group exercises. Cultivate the art of yogic speech to help repair our world!
*Includes a handout and list of books, articles, and videos for continued learning.  You may wish to bring a journal.  CEUs for RYTs.


Presenter
avatar for Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D.

Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D.

received doctoral training at University of California, Santa Barbara and in India and has taught at UC Riverside, Davidson College, UNC Charlotte, and the Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte.  As founder of Sanskrit Revolution, she teaches Sanskrit... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
YMI Transformation Space 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

11:00am

Chair Yoga & iRest Yoga Nidra
Limited Capacity seats available

Join in for chair yoga practice; whether you’re brand new, going easy because of injury or have been practising for decades. Chair yoga offers a continuous reminder that from a grounded base of support the practice can fly from the gentlest to the deepest expression in each posture. After our 45 minute movement practice we’ll settle in for a delicious rest with iRest Yoga nidra. Students of all abilities welcome especially if you’re in your own chair. Caregivers too!

Presenter
avatar for Annie Okerlin

Annie Okerlin

Annie Okerlin, C-IAYT: Annie Okerlin has been a yoga teacher since 1999. The daughter of two World War II and Korean War veterans, Annie has a deep appreciation for the veterans of our country. Her passion for helping the wounded warriors of today’s wars led her to Walter Reed National... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room Two 10 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC, USA

11:00am

Pranafied!
Limited Capacity seats available

Through the ancient practice of pranayama, cultivate an intimate relationship with the sound and rhythm of your breath. Learn to more efficiently manage stress and awaken both your inner wisdom and inner peace. Leave feeling energized with new breathing techniques that will increase mindfulness and compassion towards yourself and others.

Presenter
avatar for Sara Clark

Sara Clark

Sara Clark is an EYT 500-hour certified vinyasa and mindfulness teacher residing in New York City. In 2009 she left the corporate world of television post-production to deepen her studies of yoga. Practicing vinyasa flow and meditation for over two decades now, Sara is a Yoga Journal... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Hilton Garden Inn ~ Pillar Rooftop 309 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

12:00pm

Soul Banquet with Nick Gonnering
Enjoy something tasty from one of our awesome food vendors while relaxing to sweet tunes at the Bhakti Stage.

Musicians
avatar for Nick Gonnering

Nick Gonnering

Having written over 40 original songs in his life, Nick continues to write new and evolving music on his 12 string guitar, a beautiful Takamine G series that carries a full and angelic sound. His recently released album “Finding My Niche” is an edgy acoustic journal that he wrote... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

1:00pm

Bhakti Viñyāsa and Yin Yoga
Limited Capacity filling up

This all-levels session will begin with a brief presentation of Bhakti that can apply to all practitioners (including atheists and free thinkers.) From there we will move through a vinyāsa sequence that gently strengthens and lengthens all the major muscle groups of the body, followed by a gentle yin sequence that follows the major anatomy trains (back, medial, lateral and frontal lines.) After śavāsana, we will move into a kīrtan with universal mantras for peace and empowerment and end with Nāda Yoga (a deep listening meditation.)  


Presenter
avatar for Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

"Michael Johnson’s classes are a beautiful mix of music, exploration of the yoga sutras, well-sequenced asana practice, and devotion to the highest virtues of humanity- and peppered with tidbits of science and humor. In my opinion, it is a well-rounded experience which gently guides... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Asheville Social Hall 81 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

1:00pm

Easy Chill Vibes
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this laid back vinyasa yoga class, we’ll slow things down so that we can really drop in and enjoy the moment. If you’re looking for a way to recharge, reconnect, refresh and reset, this class is the perfect remedy. DJ Sol Rising's tracks of super chill songs will be the backdrop as MC YOGI will guide you into a deep state of ease and grace, stillness and peace.


Presenter
avatar for Amanda Giacomini

Amanda Giacomini

Amanda Giacomini has dedicated her life to uplifting people and creating more beauty in the world through yoga and art. From teaching yoga at the White House to presenting at some of the biggest yoga festivals, conferences and Asian Art museums in the world, Amanda infuses the ancient... Read More →
avatar for MC YOGI

MC YOGI

From living in a group home to becoming known as yoga’s modern day ambassador to the West, hiphop artist, MC YOGI is on a mission to introduce yoga to large, mainstream audiences. His latest album, RITUAL MYSTICAL, made history by going #1 on the Electronic charts. His first book... Read More →

Musicians
avatar for DJ Sol Rising

DJ Sol Rising

Sol Rising's original soundscapes evoke feelings of bliss throughout an eclectic mix of electronic music and hip-hop. Born in Vancouver BC, Sol Rising began meditating at age four with a walking mantra technique. His mother took him to visit numerous spiritual teachers, who inspired... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
YMI - OM Sanctuary Room 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States

1:00pm

Igniting the Flame of the Heart
Limited Capacity seats available

The Yoga Sutras tell us that there is a light at the heart that is beyond all sorrow. This light is eternal and unchanged by circumstance. Together we will journey to the cave of the heart with dynamic asana, yoga nidra and chanting sequenced to bring you towards a remembrance of your own inner radiance.

Presenter
avatar for Tracee Stanley

Tracee Stanley

Tracee began sharing her understanding of the ancient technology of Tantra when Yogarupa Rod Stryker initiated her into the lineage of Sri Vidya in 2001. The focus of Tracee’s teaching is empowerment, sankalpa (intention), self-mastery and healing. As a senior teacher in the ParaYoga... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room One 10 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

1:00pm

The Art & Ritual of Letting Go
Limited Capacity seats available

We all have a few things stored away… Secrets, loss, negative self-talk or regret. But what happens when our inner landscape is piled high with this kind of excess baggage? Not only does the build up become tension and stress in the body, but also the route of clear seeing, right knowing and courageous doing can become blocked. Join Carrington Jackson, for a unique and liberating experience… Fire Practice: The Art and Ritual of Letting Go. This session is centered around the energy of purification and transformation of body, mind and spirit. We will focus on building heat to rid the body of excess toxins and tension on both the physical and energetic levels. We’ll unblock the pathways that lead to understanding and self-trust and work to break through habitual patterns that historically disconnect us from purpose or passion. The practice will begin with a meditation on the obstacles or clutter that we’re holding on to, followed by a detoxifying sequence that will focus on twists, backbends & core work designed to rinse away tangible & intangible toxins. Towards the end of our practice we’’ll ritualize our letting go by tossing into the flames that which no longer serves us. Asana, lecture, journaling. All levels welcome.

Presenter
avatar for Carrington Jackson

Carrington Jackson

Carrington began teaching in 2004. Her classes are a canvas of movement, breath, prayer and magic. Her passion is helping students to unify the pieces of self into the more powerful whole. She teaches internationally and is the Yoga In Action Coordinator for Off The Mat Into the World and regional leader for CTZNWELL... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Masonic Temple ~ Ballroom 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

1:30pm

Heather Taylor
Musicians
avatar for Heather Taylor

Heather Taylor

Born into a musical family, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist, Heather Taylor is creative to her core. Classically trained in flute, the now Asheville, NC native embraces the craggy soul of Appalachian folk music. Accompanied by her octave mandolin, Taylor draws elements of... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

1:30pm

Roll with your OMies
Limited Capacity seats available

Got aches and pains? Got issues in your tissues? Or just want to restore balance in your body? This is self care to the max! Rejuvenate and restore your body with self myfascial release using RAD roller tools and techniques. This class will combine yoga poses with corrective movement and self-massage to improve body awareness and de-stress. The RAD Roller is massage and release tool that helps reach deeper layers of connective tissues through some easy techniques. A few benefits of rolling include: increased blood flow and range of motion; flushing of built up toxins; relaxation and recovery; stress relief. Seems like magic, right? Join Adi Westerman and amplify all the work you are already doing on your yoga mat. Leave feeling more balanced, integrated and at ease in your body. 

Presenter
avatar for Adi Westerman

Adi Westerman

Adi Westerman, owner of Hot Yoga Asheville, loves to empower her students to make their yoga practice sustainable using alignment, technique and awareness. Her classes are infused with humor and compassion. Adi believes that through asana, yogis create a strong sense of self and can... Read More →



Sunday July 29, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
AC Marriott Asheville Downtown - Room Two 10 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC, USA

1:30pm

The Royal Flush: Twists & Spirals
Limited Capacity seats available

The spiral is a pattern we see often in nature, from the microscopic to the universal - DNA, the zygote, the nautilus, tornadoes, planetary rotations, orbits, and galaxies. It is also the framework of our pranic bodies, and when consciousness spirals unobstructed upward through the chakras, we are said to have the experience of yoga, the merging of the two twisting opposites. Twisting in an asana class detoxes the body. Twists tone the abdominal muscles, squeeze out impurities, wring out ignorance, and flush out the internal organs. Come to de-stress, detox, detach, and delight!

Presenter
avatar for Andrea Boyd

Andrea Boyd

Her knowledge of Yoga, unyielding practice of ahimsa, adept sanskrit chanting, uncompromising faith in goodness, challenging & joyful asana sequencing, soulful down to earth storytelling, and visionary work with pregnant women, are just a handful of reasons why Andrea is so revered... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Cohen

Jeffrey Cohen

On the day Jeffrey was born, across the Atlantic, The Beatles were recording Across The Universe. And like The Beatles, he exemplifies a blend of love, music, mysticism, humor, poetry, irony, innovation, mischief, simplicity, and authenticity - all with a pop sensibility. Gratefully... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Masonic Temple ~ Theater 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

3:00pm

Bucket Beats
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a free community event, open to the public - no need to register, just show up! 
The percussive sounds of the bucket drums can be heard throughout city streets and subway stations across the world. Now you can learn to rock the buckets with your fellow yogis. Led by percussionist & yoga instructor Brad Ellsworth of Druminyasa® this fun workshop will begin with basic drumming fundamentals and then move to group bucket drum rhythms. Afterwards, you’ll be ready to unleash those bucket beats on the streets. No prior drumming experience required.

Presenter
avatar for Druminyasa

Druminyasa

Feel the rhythms of the drums as you connect breath,heartbeat,mind & body to your practice. As featured by The Washington Times, CBS, and Washington’s WTOP news, Brad Ellsworth of Druminyasa has been playing drums and percussion for over 25 years. Based in Richmond, Brad Ellsworth... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Bhakti Stage Reuter Terrace, S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801
 
Monday, July 30
 

9:00am

French Broad River Cleanup
Limited Capacity seats available

End your festival experience by giving back to the community that you've received so much from. Chelsey Korus will be leading a river cleanup on the majestic French Broad River on Monday Morning. Bring clothing you aren't afraid to get wet, we'll provide the kayaks, canoes and trash bags!

Meet at Woodin Riverside Park 1598 Riverside Dr, Woodfin NC for shuttle pick up. 

Please bring swimsuits, shorts, quick drying materials, big hats and most importantly footwear. We ask that everyone wear river shoes, river sandals or old tennis shoes. We will be in the water at times hauling out trash and tires. No flip flops, bare feet or boots please!

Presenter
avatar for Chelsey Korus

Chelsey Korus

Chelsey Korus is quickly becoming one of yoga’s foremost teachers and philosophers. She’s been featured in PopSugar, Prevention Magazine, Yoga Journal, Women’s Fitness, Mantra Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Shape, and is one of the top teachers on Yogaglo. Along with an exceptional... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
TBA