We are so excited to have these amazing humans leading YOGA Workshops at YOGA FEST State College 2017!

Beginner AcroYoga: Poses and Flows with Meghan Kazanski

Workshop Description: Harness the power of partnership to expand both individual and collective practices. We will expand our skills in communication, connection, and weight-sharing, as partnerships work together to construct shapes and move dynamically between poses. Calibration exercises and foundational poses will utilize the capacities of partners to develop trust, strength, coordination, and increased mobility in both partners. The proper alignment and technique for calibrations and poses will be emphasized. Fundamental roles of base, flyer, and spotter will be introduced, with emphasis on how each is performed effectively, and how each is essential to the practice of AcroYoga. Concepts of counterbalance and L-base poses will be explored. Dynamic transitions linking these static poses will be introduced, using mechanical principles of force and momentum to establish elegance and flow. We will begin to dynamically engage with our partners to promote synergy with each other and our environment. Location: Millbrook Marsh, State ...
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AcroYoga Foundations: Trust, Connection and Weight-sharing with Meghan Kazanski

Workshop Description: Yoga invokes elements of introspection, awareness and exploration of self. Can these elements be maintained (dare I say, enhanced) when we accept a partnership into our practice? AcroYoga surfaces an entirely new set of vulnerabilities and uncertainties within us. All of which, necessitate acceptance, trust, communication, and connection for us to harness the power of partnership and contribute to each other’s individual growth. Using exercises that encourage partnership, play and exploration, the weight and strength of a partner will be used to challenge gravity, and allow gravity to bring us together. We will develop trust — towards our partners, who will support our bodies, and in ourselves, that we are strong and powerful enough to support others. We will develop individual and collective proprioception — such that we may be airborne, but feel safe and grounded. We will develop connection — finding structural balance to achieve comfort, responsiveness, and ...
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Buti Yoga with Gabby Orcutt, RYT 200

Workshop Description: We come into this practice to shed inhibitions - not pounds. Our intentions are not to step into a smaller size - but to step into our power. We come seeking our truth - not a number. 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 complete 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 women tap into their inner power to unleash unshakable confidence, uncover true desire and bond with other women instead of compete. Buti is ...
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Sound, Chakras, and Color Workshop with Sandy Vandeven

Workshop Description: Join Sandy for an exploration into the ancient yogic breathing practices of pranayama (rhythmic breathing practices) and nada pasyanti (sound/light visualization) laying the groundwork for a peaceful meditation practice. We will systematically ascend through each Chakra center using visualization of color, light, and sound from base to crown, practice a variety of rhythmic breathing practices to focus the mind and calm the body, and conclude with concentration meditation (dhyana). This workshop welcomes yogis from all levels. A blanket or cushion is recommended.  Location: Millbrook Marsh, State College, PA Date: Oct. 22nd Time: TBD Sandy Vandeven, certified TriYoga®Instructor In 2013 Sandy fell in love with the calming flow of TriYoga. Ever since, she’s been enjoying and exploring the embodied wisdom that’s revealed through the power of peaceful focus accompanied by a conscious breath. After studying with TriYoga teachers Theresa Shay, Citrini Ware, and Matt Beigle, Sandy received her TriYoga Basics certification in ...
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Rites of Rejuvenation with Doug Hayward

Workshop Description: The Rites of rejuvenation are a physical practice combined with breath awareness. You will learn a practice that hopefully will last a lifetime since,once learned, it only takes 15 minutes a day to practice. In addition you will be taught mudras, bandhas and mantras to stimulate the energy movement throughout your body. The key to the success of this program is the way you start it. You must start it slow; only 5 minutes a day on the days that you do it. When you are doing the complete program; it is only going to take 15 minutes out of you day. You will have the balance of an astronaut, the core of a athlete, the happiness of a songbird, the triceps and toning to the best you body is capable of and the strong back of a miner. Location: Education Building @ Millbrook Marsh, State College, PA ...
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Buti Yoga with Gabby Orcutt, RYT 200

Workshop Description: We come into this practice to shed inhibitions - not pounds. Our intentions are not to step into a smaller size - but to step into our power. We come seeking our truth - not a number. 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 complete 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 women tap into their inner power to unleash unshakable confidence, uncover true desire and bond with other women instead of compete. Buti is ...
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Let Your Chakras Move! A Conscious Dance/Dancing Mindfulness Workshop with Elisha Clark Halpin

Workshop Description: This workshop is a channel for accessing mindful awareness though motion. The class allows for work in areas of breath, sound, body, story, acceptance, awareness, and flow. With attitudes of mindfulness, participants tap into their body’s expressive potential. Dancing mindfulness honors the invitation to “come as you are” and move as you choose. No steps or choreography are taught. We all move through the 7 in body chakras rising from grounded presence to open connection. Come move your body and energy. Tap into the transformational power available through movement and energy work in this practice. Location: Millbrook Marsh, State College, PA Date: Oct. 22nd Time: TBD Elisha Clark Halpin Elisha Clark Halpin is a teacher, coach, mentor, and embodiment specialist who weaves sacred magic and neuroscience together to help her students and clients make transformational changes in life. She uses her training as a dancer/choreographer, somatic practioner, Warrior ...
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HoOp Dance Workshop with Bethany Seib

Workshop Description: 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. Location: Millbrook Marsh, State College, PA Date: Oct. 22nd ...
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Contact Improvisation with Erica Kaufman, E-RYT-500 (Music performed by Chris Brown)

Workshop Description: Join Erica Kaufman, E-RYT-500, for a Contact Improvisation (CI) workshop with Live Music (performed by Chris Brown)! CI is a marvelous way of heightening awareness and mindfulness. It can greatly inform ones yoga practice. CI explores the vast potential for movement generated by two or more people, communicating spontaneously through weight, motion and touch. Through the physical principles of touch, momentum, and weight sharing, this class explores the skills of falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, how to make ourselves light when being lifted, centering and breathing techniques, and responsiveness to our partners and surroundings. Traditional dance backgrounds are not needed. Location: Millbrook Marsh, State College, PA Date: Oct. 22nd Time: TBD Erica Kaufman, E-RYT-500 "Influenced by Krishnamacharya’s teachings and Krishna Murti’s philosophies, I was brought into this beautiful lineage of yoga. When I think of yoga, I think of life. Through my life with yoga, I ...
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Sound, Chakras, and Color Workshop with Sandy Vandeven

Workshop Description: Join Sandy for an exploration into the ancient yogic breathing practices of pranayama (rhythmic breathing practices) and nada pasyanti (sound/light visualization) laying the groundwork for a peaceful meditation practice. We will systematically ascend through each Chakra center using visualization of color, light, and sound from base to crown, practice a variety of rhythmic breathing practices to focus the mind and calm the body, and conclude with concentration meditation (dhyana). This workshop welcomes yogis from all levels. A blanket or cushion is recommended.  Location: Millbrook Marsh, State College, PA Date: Oct. 22nd Time: TBD Sandy Vandeven, certified TriYoga®Instructor In 2013 Sandy fell in love with the calming flow of TriYoga. Ever since, she’s been enjoying and exploring the embodied wisdom that’s revealed through the power of peaceful focus accompanied by a conscious breath. After studying with TriYoga teachers Theresa Shay, Citrini Ware, and Matt Beigle, Sandy received her TriYoga Basics certification in ...
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Breath, Prana & Place Workshop with Justine Andronici

Workshop Description: Join Justine for a prana vidya practice - a combination of yoga practices including conscious rhythmic breathing (pranayama), as well as concentration and meditation techniques which increase the flow of prana (energy). When we practice in a natural setting charged with energy, we also increase our ability to deeply perceive and connect to our environment.  The practice will include an opportunity to explore the natural environment with new awareness. Take a journey into Breath, Prana & Place, and explore the sounds, colors and energy of the natural world at Millbrook Marsh. Beginners are welcome! Location: Millbrook Marsh, State College, PA Date: Oct. 22nd Time: 2:30 - 3:10pm Justine Androninici, a certified TriYoga® Instructor Justine’s teaching focus is that every breath, every moment, is a new opportunity to practice yoga.  Justine works individually with students as they build practices that meet their unique needs at her private yoga studio, Path to Calm, in State College, ...
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Mindfulness Nature Walk with Mark Agrusti, RYT-500

Workshop Description: Join Mark Agrusti, RYT-500, for a pleasant mindfulness walk within the serene natural areas surrounding the festival. This nature walk is an invitation to step back from the bustle & busy-ness of everyday life, reconnect with the natural world, and to enjoy the peace that we uncover when living fully within our present-moment experiences. When we mindfully walk through nature with openness & awareness, we are reminded that we too are a part of the natural world and we begin to recognize our interconnection with everything that is. This hike will include simple, guided mindfulness meditation practices to assist us in focusing on the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations of our journey through the woods. Our walk will conclude with a sharing circle; an opportunity for us to gather together to share our experiences and realizations from the hike. Location: Boardwalk @ Millbrook Marsh, State College, PA Date: ...
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