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Join us Sunday, September 16 for Yoga Fest State College 2018!

LOCATION: Millbrook Marsh Nature Center in State College, PA

8:30 AM

Registration & Check-in

9:00 – 9:45 AM

Opening class

Gentle flow opening class (Kathleen Ammon)

GROUNDING. CONNECTION. INTENTION. MOVEMENT. ENERGY. COMMUNITY.

The opening class of Yoga Fest is all about waking up, warming up, and creating a connection to your intention for your experience. Looking to dive deeper into your breath? We will start with a group meditation. Wanting to experience more movement? A gentle flow for all ages and levels to stretch you out. Looking to deepen your connection to your already beautiful community or are you wanting to create your community? A few partner poses sprinkled throughout to help you meet your next yoga friend. This class is about creating a connection to share throughout the entire day!

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Mindful Market

All day long, check out the vendors in the “Mindful Market” area.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Workshop Session 1

Choose one:

Mindfulness in Rhythm (Matt Price)

Mindfulness in Rhythm (Matt Price)

This workshop is designed to introduce people from all walks of life to the healing power of music. The goal is to empower & inspire individuals to express themselves authentically through this group music making process. The workshop will focus on Intention, Presence and Awareness through improvised group drumming, social interaction and breath work synchronized with rhythmic exercises, all in a fun and supportive environment. Not only will participants get hands on drumming experience but they will also begin to understand how group drumming effects our mind and body in real time through examples and explanations backed by neuroscience. No previous experience is necessary, beginners warmly welcomed, and drums will be provided for up to 25 participants.

Hoop Dancing (Bethany Seib)

Hoop Dancing (Bethany Seib)

Hooping is a complete workout for the mind and body. Stimulating self-confidence and sensual awareness while toning the body. Hoop Dance promotes play and childlike, spirited celebration. It is a fun and energetic cardiovascular workout. Improves flexibility and endurance. Strengthens and tones abdominal muscles. Stress Relieving. Enhances coordination and balance. Everyone learns at their own pace and students can use the time to explore the possibilities of the hoop and clear their minds. You’ll be reminded of your childhood- where physical play was FUN- not a “workout”. Even if you never hooped, I have found that virtually ALL of my students are able to hoop given the proper tools and training. Simply put: you will sweat; laugh; and challenge your limits with every “swish” of the hoop. My Hula Hoops are easy to use; beautifully designed; and built to take a beating.

Buti Yoga (Jen Treece)

Buti Yoga (Jen Treece)

Buti Yoga isn’t just a workout – it’s a chance to create – let go – connect – and sweat with intention. A soulful blend of power yoga, cardio-intensive tribal dance, conditioning and deep abdominal toning this all-in-one workout tones and sculpts the entire body while facilitating inner transformation. The Spiral Structure Technique methodology of movement tones the core using a spiral instead of linear movement to address both the large outer muscles that move the body as well as the inner stabilizing muscles. Buti Yoga helps tap into your inner power to unleash unshakable confidence, uncover true desire and bond with others instead of compete. Buti is an Indian Marathi word that means “a cure that has been hidden or kept secret.” It was initially used in reference to Ayurvedic herbs considered jadi buti. In today’s society, we are taught that the next cleanse or diet fad will give them happiness; with Buti, we believe the TRUE cure to emotional and physical ailments comes from WITHIN. The practice of Buti Yoga helps strip away the layers that hide this cure and bring about total transformation. We call our students and instructors “Butisattvas.” Sattva means enlightened one. Therefore, a Butisattva is one that has successfully realized the power to heal is within. While the practice of Buti Yoga is mainly geared towards women, men are encouraged to unroll the mat, tapping into their shakti. In Buti, the beat drives the movement. Class is sure to make you sweat, put a smile on your face and free your mind. The music in a Buti Yoga class is LOUD and this class will be driven by the beat of the music. Join Jen in setting your intention, clearing away stuck energy, revitalizing the body and spiraling it away on your yoga mat.

Ahimsa and how we experience life (Lynne Westmoreland)

Ahimsa and how we experience life (Lynne Westmoreland)

In this interactive workshop/discussion on ahimsa we’ll explore how our unexamined beliefs might be limiting our understanding of how large and life supporting this practice has the potential to be. If we expand our understanding of ahimsa and combine it with metta meditation, tonglen, and using our yoga practice as one portal to unconditional love and pure consciousness, how might we change our trajectory both for ourselves and for the larger world?

Energy Medicine Yoga (Sona Briggs)

Energy Medicine Yoga (Sona Briggs)

Energy Medicine Yoga merges the ancient wisdom of yoga with the intelligence of our body’s subtle energy systems to amplify any practice to create more vitality , balance, and harmonizing mind, body and spirit. In this workshop you will gain tools to: – Amplify the healing power of yoga – Relieve stress and anxiety – Positively change your habit patterns – Boost your vitality and stamina Join Soña for this one hour workshop where you will learn how to increase the positive power of your yoga practice.

AcroYoga: Using partnerships to explore stillness and motion (Meghan Kazanski)

AcroYoga: Using partnerships to explore stillness and motion (Meghan Kazanski)

Workshop explores concepts of statics and dynamics — or stillness and motion, if you will. This will be explored within the scope of acroyoga, but will also utilize exercises that extend to all partnership-based movement modalities to build trust and allow communication through a common movement language. We will use partners and concepts of acroyoga to unravel the spectrum of motion — from stillness, to dynamicism, and everything in between. We will get at questions like, “Can we look at dynamic movement as ‘snapshots’ to find inherent stillness?” and “Elements of tension are used to create apparent stillness (as in inversions), but what motion is involved in achieving an apparently ‘still’ structure?” These questions are lovely to ponder on one’s own, but introducing the structure of another person makes the exploration even more challenging and worthwhile!

Ground and Release Gentle Flow (Amy DeLosa)

Ground and Release Gentle Flow (Amy DeLosa)

We’ll begin with a gentle flow to warm up the body. Focus will be on breath and movement as we transition at a smooth pace. Class will include a variety of poses held for 30-60 seconds for overall release of tension in the body. We’ll conclude with a guided meditation and savasana for complete relaxation.

11:30 – 12:30

Workshop Session 2

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Self-Care Cupping (Jillian Seraphin)

Self-Care Cupping (Jillian Seraphin)

Cupping therapy has been practiced all over the world for centuries. This introductory class will highlight traditional Chinese medicine theories and cupping therapy. In this class I will discuss basic Chinese medicine principles as well as other ancient medicines, cupping therapy, benefits and contraindications to cupping, types of cupping, and common conditions that may benefit from cupping therapy. In second half of class I will demonstrate cupping, and then teach self-cupping techniques. If you enjoy what you’ve learned and think you could benefit from regular cupping, my preferred cups will be available for purchase at the end of class.

Transforming Energy With Kundalini Yoga (Jen Brown)

Transforming Energy With Kundalini Yoga (Jen Brown)

Transforming Energy with Kundalini Yoga: This workshop offers festival attendees a powerful healing experience through Kundalini Yoga, the yoga of awareness. We will be practicing a set that calls on the nervous system to withstand the challenges of our times, balancing our energy bodies. This is a set that helps us break through fear and develop greater spinal flexibility. Participants will learn the basics of Kundalini Yoga, along with some popular mantras that support us in everyday life. We will end with a restorative Savasana and a meditation that brings us into the heart. This workshop is for beginners and advanced students alike; modifications will be provided when needed. Get ready to magically move your energy and connect deeply with your soul!

Nature Rhythms Dance (Rachel Thor)

Nature Rhythms™ Dance (Rachel Thor)

Nature Rhythms™ Dance focuses typical ecstatic dance into a mindful movement practice that incorporates deep, embodied listening and breathing with intuitive and improvisational movement. No choreography or experience needed! This focused and free expression helps practitioners move whatever is stuck in their lives and bodies in order to return to deeper states of peace, surrender, joy, and love.

Nature Rhythms™ classes are described by the elements of nature and based on nervous system resilience. We travel through grounding earth, powerful fire, releasing water, joyful air, and quieting space – all in the natural beauty of the outdoors! These are trauma-informed practices that can help us learn to mobilize, trust our intuition, and celebrate our bodies just the way they are.

Movement Through Stillness (Amy Silverman)

Movement Through Stillness (Amy Silverman)

This will be an hour long class based on moving energy in the body and bringing movement into our lives through visualization and meditation. In addition Healing Usui Reiki energy will be given to participants to assist in the facilitation of the meditative state.

26&2 (Briana Gaumer)

26&2 (Briana Gaumer)

26&2 series class, which heals the body from the inside while working on balance, strength, and self love.

Crystal Bowl Sound Musings (Rosanna)

Crystal Bowl Sound Musings (Rosanna)

Are you ready to dive into the restorative & rejuvenating effects of this experience? Join me for a 50 minute class to learn more about the epic benefits of sound healing with the alchemy of the nourishing singing crystal bowls. This sound bath will melt away stress and anxiety, shift your consciousness and create a sense of deep peace and well-being. Allow the tones and frequencies to balance and harmonize your cellular DNA where you will be drenched in a magical submersion of sound and then a blissful night sleep. (Dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, pillow, blanket, water).

Root Awakening: Pelvic Floor Health for Women (Kerri Zelman)

Root Awakening: Pelvic Floor Health for Women (Kerri Zelman)

Root Awakening: Pelvic Floor Health for Women The pelvic floor is a mysterious and often overlooked part of our anatomy yet plays a vital role in our physical health and overall sense of well-being. Physically it is the foundation of our abdominal architecture. Energetically it is the home of the root chakra. Emotionally it is the seat of our sense of Self. Through yoga, movement and meditation we will create a safe and light-hearted space to explore the physical, energetic and emotional anatomy of the pelvis and womb center. Drawing on the wisdom of various teachers, including Leslie Howard (Pelvic Floor Yoga®), Tami Lynn Kent (Holistic Pelvic Care®) and Kali Ray (TriYoga®) Kerri will guide us into the depths of awakening awareness and connection to the power in our pelvis!

*This workshop is for women only*

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Workshop Session 3:

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Primal Rhythm Flow (Jenn Dashem w/ Matt Price)

Primal Rhythm Flow (Jenn Dashem w/ Matt Price)

Primal Rhythm Mixed Levels Flow Accompanied by Matt Price. This class will focus on the union of soul, sound, and fluid movement, reconnecting the body to the primal roots of heartbeat and breath.

Meditation in Motion (Sue Lembeck-Edens)

Meditation in Motion (Sue Lembeck-Edens)

Meditation in Motion uses chair and standing exercises based on Yoga, T’ai Chi, Qi Gong and Meditation done with a specific intent: to relax the body and quiet the mind. Exercise with Awareness • Experience slow, smooth body movements that open the joints • Increase muscle flexibility and strength • Enhance balance and stability • Cultivate an inward focus while moving • Exercise safely without putting undue stress on the body Meditation in Motion is a unique exercise experience that blends a variety of different exercise modalities within each class, including T’ai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, and Meditation. The 5 Element Theory of Wellness, an Eastern approach to health and well-being, becomes our framework for the class. Exercises are designed to stimulate and invigorate our own inner healing abilities while we gain physical ease of movement and a relaxed mind.

Vedic Traditional Thai Yoga Bodywork/Massage: An Intro Teaser (Debmalya Nandy)

Vedic Traditional Thai Yoga Bodywork/Massage: An Intro Teaser (Debmalya Nandy)

A hands-on workshop to introduce some basics for Vedic Traditional Thai Yoga Bodywork/Massage in the Nuad Borarn style as patronized at the Vedic Conservatory (https://www.vedicconservatory.com/).

* Introduction and pairing up [~5 mins] * Demo + follow along [~ 25 mins] — individual A from each pair practicing and providing the massage to individual B
* Demo + follow along [~ 25 mins] — individuals A and B within a pair switch roles
* Closing [~5 mins]

This workshop is open to ALL. No prior skills in Thai Bodywork is necessary. Anyone authentically interested in experiencing a taste of this ancient healing art is cordially welcome. Clothes-on throughout the duration with massage-mats laid on the floor/ground/grass. Massage providers will mostly use their hands and legs as the primary tools. No use of external ingredients, such as oil, etc.

Participants may come with partners as pairs. Although bringing a partner is NOT required to participate in the workshop, please come with an open mind to pair up with someone, and make a new friend who will connect with you — physically, energetically, therapeutically, and beyond.

* Comfortable and stretchable clothing
* To provide some cushioning underneath the recipient’s body:
* bring a cushioned mattress, if you have one (approx. dimension: 4′ (W) x ~6′ (L) x 2″-3″ (H)). One mattress for a pair suffices.
* otherwise, bring one or more cushioned yoga-mats / blankets / etc.
* Bring some water to stay hydrated.
* Bring a journal if you would like to take notes.
* Avoid consuming heavy food since at least 40-45 mins prior to the start of the workshop.
* Invite your authentic Self and curious spirits. Let’s discover and experience some healing touch.
My Higher Self bows to yours, Namasté!

TriYoga: The Art and Science of Yogaflow (Theresa Shay)

TriYoga: The Art and Science of Yogaflow (Theresa Shay)

Discover the system of TriYoga, the dynamic and meditative trinity of asana, pranayama, and mudra. Explore the guiding principles of wavelike spinal movements, rhythmic pacing, economy of energy and relaxation-in-action. Enliven your practice with new awareness by increasing your capacity to breathe, focus and relax while flowing. Experience the practice that is taught in over forty countries around the planet and connect to the inherent flow of Prana within. Bring your mat, two blocks, a tie and a pillow/blanket if you have them. Some props will be available to borrow.

DEEP Buti (Gabby Orcutt)

DEEP Buti (Gabby Orcutt)

DEEP is a low impact movement practice We focus on micro-movements with physical touch to connect the brain to innervated muscle and restructure the deep core. DEEP’s restorative movement sequence utilizes the Spiral Structure Technique to connect mind to muscle and catalyze vibration change on a cellular level. It is designed to prevent injury, restore function and unlock / move stored trauma in the fascia and assist in the recovery of diastasis recti. Classes include self-massage and pressure point activation to release muscles during deep restorative asanas with a meditation to finish the class. If you can sit, stand and kneel, this class is for you!

Discover your Dosha, Inspire your life: An Ayurvedic workshop (Sylvie)

Discover your Dosha, Inspire your life: An Ayurvedic workshop (Sylvie)

In this workshop we will dive into the ancient healing system of India that is Ayurveda. You will learn the basic qualities of each dosha, discover your own intrinsic qualities, and those in the world around you. This awareness of your internal nature can provide framework for a better understanding of the food types that nourish you best, specific yoga postures to calm and invigorate particular aspects of your being, and the tendencies towards health issues you may have. I look forward to meeting all you State College yogis and yoginis, to moving and taking and sharing with you.

Gentle Yoga and Loving Kindness Meditation (Sunna deForest)

Gentle Yoga and Loving Kindness Meditation (Sunna deForest)

Stepping into life gracefully asks for a balance of steadfastness and surrender. How do we cultivate steadfastness in the pieces for which we have agency, and let go of the rest? In this class we will explore the emotions that entangle and inform life, as well as practice a meditation of loving kindness to afford the practitioner a clear heart and peaceful conscience. We will begin with gentle movement to prepare our bodies to sit comfortably in meditation. The meditation will lead us through a process of connecting to feelings of love and bounty, and spreading the goodwill to even our most difficult experiences. We’ll conclude with an opportunity to briefly reflect.

2:30 – 3:30 PM

Workshop Session 4

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Spiral Through Chakras (Megan Moore)

Spiraling Through the Chakras (Megan Moore)

We will spiral through the chakras beginning at the heart and landing at the third eye as we look past what we think we know about the chakras. What if each chakra was a threshold into your nature, into understanding your why’s, drives, and motivations? What if you could activate more light to move through your physical body? What if you could let your inner knowing be more in the forefront of your life? These are the questions we will explore as we experience the wisdom and power of the energy body.

Breathing Through Change: Pranayama for changemakers (Justine Andronici)

Breathing Through Change: Pranayama for changemakers (Justine Andronici)

Prāṇāyāma, which includes, but is not limited to rhythmic breathing practices, is a powerful yoga path for navigating and creating change and in every moment within ourselves and our lives. Prāṇāyāma is a way of living in harmony with the body, mind, and spirit. Prāṇāyāma balances, strengthens, and increases life energy. The result is a peaceful mind, the foundation for expanded awareness. In this workshop we will explore the power of breathing practice to transform awareness. Students will leave with tools to discover that each breath, each moment is a new opportunity for yoga. Beginners welcome!

Deep U meditation and the 5 Tibetans (Doug Hayward)

Deep U meditation and the 5 Tibetans (Doug Hayward)

The Deep U Meditation and 5 Tibetans workshop is designed to teach you the difference between concentration and meditation. You will be introduced to 5 different techniques to learn the difference. You will also be introduced to a number of different asanas and stretching techniques to free the body of pent up angst and physical tension.

Lila Yoga Asana Practice & Talk (Erica Kaufman)

Lila Yoga Asana Practice & Talk (Erica Kaufman)

This class is a combination of a vinyasa class and a short presentation. The class is designed to revitalize and harmonize the chakras, nadis, and vayus with prana (cosmic energy). This class balances awareness with wisdom within carefully sequences yoga postures/asanas. The class guides you to align with the exhilarating strength of compassionate courage and the peaceful joyous ease of contentment. The presentation will be a consideration of how prana affects our lives.

Yoga and Art: Creative Practices for Healing (Hannah Foster)

Yoga and Art: Creative Practices for Healing (Hannah Foster)

Boundless creativity can be found in both the practice of yoga and the creation of art. This workshop explores presence, non-judgement, and awareness of feelings that arise in both practices. Beginning with meditation and gentle movement followed by the use of art materials, participants will have the opportunity to be guided through their internal barriers to meet their full creative potential. All are welcome regardless of past art experience.

Wudang Taiji (Angel Soto)

Wudang Taiji (Angel Soto)

Wudang Taiji is an internal style of martial arts that focuses on building inner strength of energy, rather than the exterior of muscle. It is practiced with as a moving meditation in a series of choreographed movements called forms. These represent defensive postures, that include movement of the entire body, and in form and practice, are meant to mesh the body’s’ internal energy with the external movements of the body. Though it is a martial style, many practice it to keep fit, cultivate a calm mind, flexibility and sensitivity.

Yoga and Recovery (Linda Mantz)

Yoga and Recovery (Linda Mantz)

This workshop will explore the connection between Yoga and Recovery from Addictions, both from the perspective of Yoga philosophy and practice, and the perspective of the challenges faced by individuals in the Recovery community. We will discuss how the ancient philosophy of Yoga becomes relevant to the current needs of those influenced by addiction. We’ll take a look at how the modern practice of Yoga is complimenting the journey of recovery. We will explore the physical and the spiritual connections and paradoxes that tie Yoga and the 12 step programs. This workshop will begin and end with centering breath.

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Closing class

Yinspiration: A slow, still practice to assist you in integrating your Yoga Fest experience (Lori Wieder)

Slow down, reflect and release in this closing session. Yin Yoga is a slow, still practice that applies moderate, mindful stress to connective tissues in the body to increase mobility, improve circulation, and downregulate the nervous system. Yin is the perfect complement to stronger, more dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga and physical training. Because Yin Yoga offers lots of stillness and space for observation, it’s a wonderful opportunity to check in with ourselves and the state of our overall well-being. All levels (including those new to Yin!) are welcome. If you have your own props (blocks, blanket, etc.) please bring them. Some props will be available onsite.

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