Festival Spotlight: Barefoot & Free Yoga Festival

Festival Spotlight: Barefoot & Free Yoga Festival

Festival Spotlight: Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival

By iana velez

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Looking for something to do this summer? We are thrilled yoga festivals are back and can’t wait to check out all the amazing events taking place around the world. This week we had a chance to connect with Beth James, the creator of Barefoot and Free Yoga festival about her festival, inspirations, and what she’s looking forward to! Check out this great festival taking place August 5 – 7, 2022 at Proud Lake State Park, Michigan.

Special thanks to Beth for offering an exclusive code for our community: YOGALOVE for 15% off passes!! 

What inspired you to create a yoga festival?
I was first inspired 8 months pregnant at my friend’s wedding in the woods where Barefoot takes place. I kept going back to the woods, thinking about it and so I decided to try it out. I had been a yoga teacher in metro Detroit community for several years so I knew the community well but honestly had no idea how to put on something of this magnitude, but I followed my intuition and it said DO IT along with the beautiful forest & the trees. 

What makes your festival unique?
We are immersed in nature, plus I believe the forest spoke to me that day and every year the woods is blessed for us to be blessed in the forest. We are surrounded by tall pine trees, the clean Huron River and fresh clean Proud Lake. Yet we are going 30-45 minutes outside of the busy city area of Metro-Detroit. 

What offering/presenter or class are you most excited about for this year’s event?
I am excited to showcase all the amazing Michigan talent. In particular we have an emphasis on more shamanic healing; sound baths, plant ceremonies & talks and discussions regarding the benefit of alternative therapies such as psilocybin, ketamine, and cannabis. I am excited about the joining and understanding of how yoga and nature are the medicine people need most right now. 

Learn more:
@barefootandfreeyoga
www.barefootandfreeyoga.com


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Yoga Love Magazine - McKenzie Riepen - bio pic
Yoga Love Magazine - McKenzie Riepen - bio pic
ACCESSIBLE YOGA ASSOCIATION

ACCESSIBLE YOGA ASSOCIATION

ACCESSIBLE YOGA ASSOCIATION

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Accessible Yoga believes that all people—regardless of ability or background—deserve equal access to yoga. Through education and advocacy, we share the teachings and benefits of yoga with those who have been marginalized. We envision a world where everyone has access to the yoga teachings that offer individual empowerment and spiritual awakening. We identify and remove barriers to access, build strong networks, and advocate for an accessible, equitable, and dynamic yoga culture.
PAIN CARE AWARE

PAIN CARE AWARE

PAIN CARE AWARE

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What does it mean to be “Pain Care Aware”?

Being Pain Care Aware is more than dropping the cue “if it hurts don’t do that”. It is understanding pain, the lived experience of pain and what to do when there is pain in yoga. Pain Care Aware (PCA) integrates pain science and yoga teachings, shifting from inadvertently creating fear and a sense of fragility to exploring paths of greater potential and resiliency. Our broader intention is to decrease the impact of pain on society. We support yoga teachers, yoga therapists and health professionals with techniques, perspectives and knowledge to integrate yoga and science into their work. 

What happens when pain shows up?

No doubt you have experienced pain that was not ‘in the right spot’ (tooth aches), out of proportion with the injury (paper cuts), or the quality of the pain didn’t match the issue in the body (burning pain from a hand in ice water). When there is pain in yoga, we cannot rely on our first experience of the pain as an accurate indication of how bad the problem is, where it is, or what is it. Neither should we ignore it. PCA guides us to the ‘edge of the pain’ – to where we feel safe to explore. Through embodied experiences of the multifaceted nature of pain, we learn that pain care includes, but is not limited to how we position and move our body.

Common misconceptions about pain:

  • Pain is immutable.
  • Pain management is finding the one thing that will stop the pain.
  • Pain equals damage.
  • We can learn to cope with chronic pain but we cannot change the pain itself.
  • If the body tissue is not normal, this pain cannot be changed.
  • It is not possible to have chronic pain and to live well.

When you are Pain Care Aware:

  • You gain a deeper understanding of pain and recognise its complexities
  • You know that pain is a human condition.  
  • You acknowledge yoga is well-suited to preventing and treating persistent pain.
  • You are confident and compassionate, having many options when a student or client has pain during yoga. 
  • You incorporate language and an approach that guides students to be curious about pain. 

Pain is Changeable. There is hope.

Pain science and yoga tell us that pain itself can be changed. We can influence how we consciously respond to pain, we can also influence autonomic responses, and we can influence pain itself. We can influence pain AND we can live well in pain.

YOGA♥ Magazine - Pain Care Aware founders
YOGA♥ Magazine - Pain Care Aware founders
YOGA♥ Magazine - Pain Care Aware founders

Swami (Swarupananda) Lisa has lived well with Fibromyalgia for over three decades by combining updated knowledge of pain science along with techniques and compassionate practices of kriya yoga. In their dharma as a yoga educator, Lisa saw how class cueing did not well-serve people who live with persisting pain, or anyone experiencing pain in yoga classes. 

Neil’s inspiration has always been the people he has served. Immediately after graduation it was apparent that what he learned in university was of little value in caring for his patients with persisting pain. After decades of teaching pain science to medical professionals, Pain Care Aware allows yoga practitioners increased access to modern pain science. 

Swami Lisa and Professor Pearson have now created an online self-paced interactive and reflective learning process. Thirty+ hours of continuing education as the first step – Pain Care Aware Foundations. Following this, teachers can complete a facilitated practicum in which they attain the Pain Care Aware Certificate in group applications. 

Pain Care Aware has a mission of decreasing the impact of pain on society. Please join us.

Learn more:

paincareaware.com

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INTEGRAL YOGA INSTITUTE

INTEGRAL YOGA INSTITUTE

INTEGRAL YOGA INSTITUTE

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The word “Yoga” means union or yoke in the ancient Sanskrit language. It is a perfect description of the science and philosophy of Integral Yoga. Integral Yoga® synthesizes the various branches of Yoga into a comprehensive lifestyle system. The purpose is to support the harmonious development of every aspect of the individual. The six branches of Integral Yoga® are each powerful tools to gain self-mastery. When combined to affect the whole being the results are at once subtle, profound and measurable.

Integral Yoga Institute was founded in New York City  by Sri Swami Satchidananda, a spiritual teacher from India, who came to America at the invitation of the artist Peter Max. On October 15, 1970, a beautiful brownstone building on West 13th Street in historic Greenwich Village was dedicated as the New York IYI. Both an ashram and a teaching center, it became a beacon for spiritual seekers from all over New York City and is the place where thousands of people experienced Yoga for the first time.

Over the years, the New York IYI has grown to become one of the most respected and beloved Yoga centers in the city, an oasis for busy New Yorkers and out-of-town visitors. Four Yoga rooms, each painted a different color and each displaying a symbol honoring all faiths to reflect Swami Satchidananda’s credo that “Truth is One, Paths are Many,” together constitute an environment of peace and serenity. Traditionally, more than 6,000 students each month attend 125 weekly Hatha Yoga classes at all levels, including Prenatal, Postnatal, Flow, Restorative, and Gentle. IYI pioneered Yoga for those with H.I.V. and AIDS. Nearly 200 active teachers teach as Karma Yoga—that is, as an unpaid offering.

Courses and workshops in meditation and breathing practices, health and nutrition, and other, related teachings create a unique and rewarding atmosphere for learning and sharing. Students gather both online and in-person for Scripture Study to read and discuss such fundamental works as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita. Kirtans (devotional chanting) and Satsangs (spiritual discussions) draw people from all over the country. Over the years, IYI’s renowned Teacher Training program has certified hundreds of teachers in Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Hatha Yoga, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, Meditation, and Gentle and Chair Yoga.

IYI offers many classes and workshops on using Yoga to deal with a wide variety of life-threatening and chronic physical  and mental health conditions, including Yoga Therapy, Cardiac Yoga and more.  It has introduced programs called Yoga At Work® and Yoga At School™ to promote its message that Yoga is for everyone in every setting.

The New York IYI is a living embodiment of Sri Swami Satchidananda’s teachings, a community where the goal for all people is to have an easeful body, a peaceful mind, and a useful life.

Janie Larmour

Janie Larmour

Janie Larmour

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Australia

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Zen Ki Yoga® Therapy
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Janie Larmour created Zen Ki Yoga® over her 25 years of intensively working with others and studying yoga, anatomy, fitness, weight training, shiatsu, macrobiotics and oriental medicine. She teaches and is based in Sydney, though regularly presents at conferences, expos and teaches workshops all over Australia, New Zealand, the USA and UK. You can train with Janie online and via Skype or simply participate in her online classes at your convenience by subscribing to her online yoga studio.

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