This year at YOGA FEST State College, we are so honored to have these so many of our local Yoga Teachers and community members leading exciting workshops!

 


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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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We are so excited to have these amazing local Yoga Teachers leading our Community Yoga Class!

 

Matt Price

We are excited to have Matt Price at Yoga Fest State College 2017! Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2009 Matt has gained a reputation as a knowledgable, diverse and exciting music educator. Specializing in drum circle facilitation, private & group lessons, as well as band coaching Matt has the ability to help you realize your full musical potential. Matt teaches at Centre Learning Community Charter School, Robert M. Sides Family Music Center and as part of the State College Area School District C.E.E.L. Program. www.mattpricedrumming.com mattpriceenterprises@gmail.com ...
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Mark Agrusti, RYT-500

We are excited to have the amazingly awesome Mark Agrusti, RYT-500 performing music at Yoga Fest State College 2017! Mark is an investigator; approaching all experiences in life with an attitude of curiosity & Self-Inquiry. As a teacher, he empowers students to discover this same sense of Inquiry in their own lives, by leveraging practices of Yoga, Mindfulness, and Meditation as opportunities for understanding the nature of the Self, mind, & identity. He is a co-founding partner at Yoga Lab and a co-primary teacher at the “Dharma Lions Meditation & Mindfulness Club” at Penn State. He is a mindfulness & ...
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Erica Kaufman, E-RYT-500

We are uber excited to have Erica Kaufman, E-RYT-500, as one of the AMAZING yoga teachers leading our HUGE Community Yoga Class at Yoga Fest State College 2017! "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 began to refine my awareness, my choices. I experienced moments of yoga–true integration beyond the limited body/mind. These moments were so potent that I felt compelled to practice more–to learn more. By age 14, I was practicing 3-5 times a ...
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Brandi Rollins, RYT-500

We are uber excited to have Brandi Rollins, RYT-500, as one of the AMAZING yoga teachers leading our HUGE Community Yoga Class at Yoga Fest State College 2017! "My approach to teaching YOGA is very similar to how I practice YOGA. I am not interested in teaching people to “do” Yoga. I am interested in teaching people to use movement and sound to focus their mind, feel their breath and movement, take of space in their existence, and TO PLAY. In our culture, adults have forgot about the importance of play as a tool for learning and experiencing life. But ...
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Kerri Zelman, certified TriYoga®Instructor

We are uber excited to have Kerri Zelman, a TriYoga® Instructor, as one of the AMAZING yoga teachers leading our HUGE Community Yoga Class at Yoga Fest State College 2017! Kerri's journey on the path of yoga began in 2005. She is a certified TriYoga® instructor and has been teaching with TriYoga of Central Pennsylvania since 2011. The TriYoga® method of practice focuses on slow movement sequences and traditional asana practice integrated with breath awareness, mudra and meditation. Kerri is also an experienced massage therapist in practice for over 10 years. During that time working with hundreds of clients and students she has witnessed many ...
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Kate Levenberg

Kate Levenberg is a second year medical student, as well as a visual artist. She has been practicing yoga for nearly 8 years, and has been teaching yoga for the past two years. She obtained her 200-hour registered yoga alliance teaching certification from Zenitry studio in North Carolina, and plans to continue her training this year with the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania ...
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Jen Treece

Jen Treece is certified in Buti Yoga, Hot Buti, and has obtained her 200-hour RYT certification through Buti Yoga & Yoga Alliance. Jen started doing yoga in 2013 as a result of her struggles with anxiety. She found yoga to be a healthy outlet for her, and her love for the practice grew. Prior to finding yoga, working out was something she did not enjoy. Yoga was where Jen found a safe space-physically and mentally. Yoga increased her physical strength and allowed her to appreciate her body to the fullest. Yoga allows you to “begin wherever you are, and continue ...
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Lynne Westmoreland

Lynne was a professional pianist, accompanist, and teacher for 30 years, primarily in the Washington, D.C. metro area. She maintained a private studio, taught in after school programs and at George Mason University. She earned a second master's degree in humane education in 2011 and has spent her encore career educating and facilitating workshops and groups about the interconnectedness of animal/planetary/human rights issues and how media and culture spin issues that often result in us living in ways that are in conflict with our deepest values and ethics. Lynne now spends her semi-retirement facilitating workshops and groups on meditation and ...
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Soña Briggs

Soña Briggs Soña is a Conscious Entrepreneur, Yoga Instructor, Certified Holistic Practitioner, Reiki Master, music and dance enthusiast, and Artist. Her love for yoga comes from her own deep personal transformation. She now devotes her life to sharing the wisdom of self-healing with others, believing fully that we all have the deep rooted capacity to take charge of our destiny, heal ourselves and invoke lasting personal transformation in our lives. Sona's holistic lifestyle including business, energy medicine, yoga, design, music and love of the outdoors are all expressions of this devotion. She approaches life with compassion for all, creatively sharing ...
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Meghan Kazanski

Meghan Kazanski is a trainer and graduate student in Biomechanics. With experience in martial arts, dance, acrobatics and AcroYoga, Meghan helps individuals establish fundamental movement capacities as part of a conscious, joyful, pain-free lifestyle. Meghan highly regards group and partnership-based practices as fulfilling a critical social component of movement. For this reason, Meghan uses partnership practices to develop elements of trust, enriching connection and non-verbal communication as part of a holistic regard for individual growth. Meghan will be assisted by Azad Chahal. Azad is a graduate student in Bioengineering. To him, AcroYoga provides balance and conditioning complementary to his academic ...
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