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Chris Brown

We are excited to have Chris Brown at Yoga Fest State College 2017!

For as long as I can remember, playing music and singing has been about opening up and sharing my humanity with others. It’s been about learning to be vulnerable, creating connection, and meeting myself and other people in a place of presence, and authenticity. Through this experience has come my own hearts’ awakening, and healing.

I’m drawn to and moved by artists who lay their hearts out on the line. You can hear it in the way they sing, or play their instrument. It’s as if every part of their human experience is being channeled and filtered through their instrument, or through their voice. Their heartache, triumphs, loneliness, love, connection, joy, etc, nothing is left out! I strive to play and sing like that! Artists like Ray Charles, Ray Lamontagne, and Chris Stapleton continually teach me how to come home to my inner experience and let it shine.” – Chris Brown






Desiree Dennis

We are excited to have the amazingly awesome Desiree Dennis performing music at Yoga Fest State College 2017!

Born into a musical family, Desiree grew up singing and playing a variety of musical instruments, primarily the piano & guitar. In her youth, she performed throughout Pennsylvania in the “Dennis Family Variety Show,” and played the piano for numerous concerts, recitals and musical theatre shows. In recent years, she has greatly enjoyed expanding her musical experiences through learning the harmonium and singing for yoga classes, kirtans, and sound healing classes. In 2016, Desiree & her family recorded & released their own CD of original healing music entitled “Angel Sanctuary.” Learn more about Desiree at www.spiritguidanceandhealing.com.

Desiree will be performing during the Sound Healing and Kirtan portions of the Yoga Class.


Nikolay Balashov

We are excited to have Mr. Cello himself performing music at Yoga Fest State College 2017!

Nikolay is originally from cold and snowy Russia. However, he lived in U.S. for many years now. Currently he is a postdoctoral scholar in atmospheric sciences at Pennsylvania State University. He started his meditation practice in 2013 in Zen Buddhist tradition. As Zen Buddhist tradition requires sitting still in yoga postures for a long time, Nikolay decided to attend yoga classes at Lila yoga to improve his ability to sit longer. Upon arriving at Lila Yoga Studios (in downtown State College, PA) he found much more than vigorous physical practice. Lila yoga combines spiritual and physical aspects together, creating a unique environment allowing a practitioner to deepen their understanding of who they are. Intrigued by this practice, Nikolay completed his 200-hour yoga teacher training at Lila. He prefers to teach gentle yoga and in his classes combines aspects of mindfulness and awareness through the gentle exploration of various yoga postures combining them with the elements of free-flowing improvisational dance.

Nikolay will be performing during the Yoga Class.