Spotlight Festival: Hikyoga NY and DC

Spotlight Festival: Hikyoga NY and DC

Spotlight Festival: Hikyoga NY and DC

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Spotlight Festival: Hikyoga NY and DC
Looking for something to do this fall? 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 Nicole Kazimer, founder of Hikyoga who is hosting two upcoming festivals taking place Oct 2 in NY and DC on Oct 16th. We are thrilled to partner with them and offer a promo code just for our Yoga Love Magazine Community by  entering code YOGALOVE10 for 10% off General Admission Tickets for NYS and DC yoga festivals! Apply promo code at checkout for discount to apply!

What inspired you to create a festival?
We believe that spending time outside in community with others, moving our bodies in nature and connecting with the outdoors has a massive positive impact on the human experience. We’ve experienced it firsthand in our own lives! So we decided that we’d provide a way for people to experience that!

What makes your festival unique?
Not only has it become an incredible way to gather the community in a beautifully soul grounding way, but we’ve been able to meet and gather the most incredible yoga and fitness instructors and dozens of local food and product vendors. The talent and passion in the greater Rochester is truly special. I’ve never experienced anything like it, the collective energy is powerful and energizing!

What offering/presenter or class are you most excited about for this year’s event?
I feel like I’m being asked to tell you my favorite child! It’s impossible! That being said, I get giddy thinking about seeing all of our incredible returning instructors AND welcoming some new instructors to our main stage line up. I know I already said this, but every year I’m blown away by the talent and passion in the greater Rochester area, and I’m so grateful to have them as part of our Hikyoga community. We’re also welcoming back MULTIPLE returning local vendors and a few new ones as well! From donuts and cider to handmade jewelry and soaps it’s always so fun to shop throughout the day.


 

Socials:
NYS Yoga Festival
IG = @nysyogafest
Registration link = www.nysyogafestival.com

DC Yoga Festival
IG = @greaterdcyogafest
Registration link = dcyogafest.com

Spotlight Festival: Hikyoga NY and DC
Spotlight Festival: Hikyoga NY and DC
Spotlight Festival: Hikyoga NY and DC
Spotlight Festival: Hikyoga NY and DC
Festival Spotlight: YogaExpo

Festival Spotlight: YogaExpo

Festival Spotlight: YogaFest

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The Yoga EXPO - Photos from the Event
Looking for something to do in January? 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 Arianne “OM” Traverso and Sandra Tribioli, the new Leaders and Executive Producers, from the The Yoga Expo festival taking place Jan 7th at the Pasadena Convention center in CA. We are thrilled to partner with them and offer a promo code just for our Yoga Love Magazine Community by  entering code ILOVETYE, you will receive 20% OFF an “All-Day Pass” while supplies last. Hurry this offer is only valid until October 31st.

Your name and role in the festival:
We are Arianne “OM” Traverso & Sandra Tribioli, the new Leaders and Executive Producers of The Yoga Expo, Conferences & Retreats, who have recently joined forces to continue creating a positive footprint everywhere it goes, elevating locals and visitors to a happier, healthier, and more productive lifestyle; all while supporting education-based nonprofits in economically disadvantaged.

What inspired you to create a festival?
We wanted to create a wave of much needed consciousness locally and around the world, by creating experiential spaces for enrichment, self-awareness, mindfulness, and positive socialization, while strengthening communities through the practice of yoga and its values.

What makes your festival unique?
It is the largest indoor Yoga Expo & Conference on the planet! Offering 45+ yoga classes all day and its philosophies for beginners to advanced yogis, lecturers in holistic health, wellness, sustainability, advanced modalities, etc., including a curated marketplace from small businesses to national brands.

What offering/presenter or class are you most excited about for this year’s event?
Education is one of our core values and throughout the years of our careers; and this year we have included extra lectures, workshops, hands-on classes, and a brand-new Panel Discussion track, led by hand-picked Pioneers and Leaders of Change, such as Clint Ober, Founder of Earthing.com and grounding evidence-based science, Joshua Ross, Co-Founder of Humanatix.com, the humane ticketing platform with lower booking fees that all go to charity, and other experts that will be opening the dialogue about “THE FUTURE OF…US, HUMANS” in the modern era. Space is limited. Must pre-register.


Socials:
IG @yogaexpoworld
FB @theyogaexpo
Twitter @theyogaexpo
TikTok @theyogaexpo
YouTube

Website:
theyogaexpo.org

The Yoga EXPO - Photos from the Event
The Yoga EXPO - Photos from the Event
The Yoga EXPO - Photos from the Event
The Yoga EXPO - Photos from the Event
Festival Spotlight: Vegandale Fest

Festival Spotlight: Vegandale Fest

Festival Spotlight: Vegandale Fest

By iana velez

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YogaLove Magazine - Vegandale Festival
Vegandale


Looking for something to do this Sept? We are thrilled 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 Jenna Owen, from Vegandale  festival taking place Sept 24th in NYC at Randall’s Island Park.

Your name and role in the festival
Jenna Owen, and I am the Marketing and Communications Director for Vegandale.

What inspired you to create a festival?
Vegandale was founded and is led by steadfast abolitionist vegan, Hellenic Vincent de Paul, who has significant live event experience. Hellenic has hosted performers and celebrities such as DJ Khaled, LeBron James, and countless others. Hellenic began attending various vegan events, noticing they were all the same, with a farmer’s market vibe and rooted in environmentalism and/or plant-based eating. The messaging used was never about the animals, and the events were, quite frankly, boring. He saw this as an opportunity to introduce a vegan experience that breaks vegan stereotypes with a focus on ethical based messaging in an epic party environment.

What makes your festival unique?
What makes Vegandale unique is its contrasting vibe to veg fests and food festivals. It has been described as ‘Coachella meets SXSW’ with a defiant twist, due to our unapologetic messaging and major party vibe.

What offering/presenter or sponsor are you most excited about for this year’s event?
Vegandale New York is our flagship event that we look forward to every year. We are expecting over 200 vendors with nearly 50 coming from as far as the Philippines, which makes it a very unique opportunity for people to try new and innovative products they may not otherwise. This year we introduced over 40 new art installations that have been extremely popular amongst attendees for photo opps. We actually have a contest running right now where people who take a photo with our artwork and use #vegandale are automatically entered to win a free trip to our LA event in October.

Learn more:
Instagram: @vegandale
Tickets: vegandalefest.com/newyork/tickets

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AWAKE Festival - Ananda Dancing
YogaLove Magazine - Vegandale Festival - Vegan Food
Festival Spotlight: AWAKE Festival

Festival Spotlight: AWAKE Festival

Festival Spotlight: AWAKE Festival

By iana velez

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AWAKE Festival - group shot on stage
Sept 16th
2932 Evergreen Parkway,
Evergreen, CO 80439


Your name and role in the festival
Erik Vienneau, AWAKE Festival Founder

What inspired you to create a festival?

Every morning people get up, they just want to be happy and feel good inside and AWAKE is all about helping them find the teachers, practices and paths to this true, peaceful wellness.”

What makes your festival unique?

As the western-medical system implodes on itself the wellness world is picking up the pieces. They say, “the meek shall inherit the earth.” I looked up meek and it doesn’t mean weak – it means humble. We, humble, warriors of holistic health are leading the shift to medicine/practices that heal. Out with “sick care,” and IN with true “health care.” AWAKE is dedicated to exposing folks to the most beloved teachers and businesses in the wellness field so they can heal and thrive.

What offering/presenter or class are you most excited about for this year’s event?

Tough question! With 50+ talks/workshops it’s hard to choose. I’ll have to say the Ecstatic Dance we offer on Saturday night after the kirtan. We have two DJs – Solomoon and SunDragon led by Ahva Lenay of Rhythm Sanctuary out of Denver. What’s better than a day of practice ending in completely free and in love with your inner Self and commUNITY? 


awakeexperience.com/awake-festival
eventbrite.com/e/awake-festival
https://www.facebook.com/AwakeExperience
https://www.instagram.com/awakeexperience/
youtube.com/channel/UCf4u-VXY7_dCO7LJ16MUC5w>

AWAKE Festival - Cacoa Ceremony
AWAKE Festival LOGO
AWAKE Festival - Ananda Dancing
Festival Spotlight: Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival

Festival Spotlight: Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival

Festival Spotlight: Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival

By iana velez

PROFILES

Yoga Love Magazine - McKenzie Riepen - bio pic

Looking for something to do this Fall? 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 Sonia, one of the partners of Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival taking place  in Lakota’s Farm in Cambridge, NY (just outside of Saratoga Springs) coming up on Oct 1, 2022.

Your name and role in the festival

My name is Sonia Shultis and I am joined by partners Kristen Zorda and Grace Bishop to bring the Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival back from a 2 years of cancellations due to state and national COVID-19 related mandates as well as an unfortunate situation with our 2021 venue that forced us to cancel. We three are owners and producers of the festival. Kristen produces and manages the festival programming, from presenter/music artist booking, workshop/concert scheduling, and venue, equipment and supplies logistics. Grace works on systems development, budgeting, marketing, and is our resident tech/software efficionato. I work on acquisitions for the venue, equipment, supplies, contractors, vendors, volunteers, point of sale and customer service. We all work together to fill in gaps where support is needed. 

What inspired you to create a yoga festival?

The Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival was created 10 years ago by founders Bernie and Katherine Walters. The accessibility to world renowned teachers and music artists, as well as access to the regionally and locally loved teachers, was a true blessing. It had such a huge impact on my life and my practice that I knew I had to be more involved. Luckily, Bernie and Katherine lived in the next town over, so I was able to stay in touch with them and offer my services. In early 2019 Bernie offered me a partnership in the festival and without hesitation I said yes. We co-produced the 2019 festival and it was the most challenging, rewarding, exhausting, fulfilling experience! Kristen was already familiar with the festival. In fact she attended a few years and her yoga studio was a sponsor for a couple years. My studio, now owned by another lovely yoga teacher, was a sponsor for one year. When I became a partner, I brought on Grace as a presenter in Nonviolent Communication. When the pandemic hit in 2020, Bernie and Katherine took it as a sign to slow things down and retire from producing, and they were gracious enough to pass the torch to me. Once I became full owner I knew I had to bring Kristen and Grace on board with me as they both shared a core value of nonviolence to the self, others, and the planet as well as the activism to end practices that cause violence. They both agreed to a partnership and the rest, as they say, is history!

What makes your festival unique?

Our festival was the largest indoor festival in the Northeast. We average about 700 attendees with 50 presenters/music artists and over 100 workshops/concerts over a 3 day weekend.  We have a vendor village of 40 carefully selected small businesses where Ahimsa is present through their business practice and/or services and goods. Our workshops are small and intimate, so rather than being one in a sea of 500+ people, you can be within an arm’s distance to a major headliner and even receive hands-on assists! And we believe it is because of the intimate atmosphere we create that our festival attendees show up. To be honest, though, what makes our festival unique ARE the attendees. It is their willingness to be open, raw, honest, to show up, to commune, to bare, to let go, to embrace, to challenge, to take in, to discover, to create, to love and to be loved that makes our festival so special. The common sentiment amongst our attendees is how rejuvenated and renewed they are after the festival. It’s because of reviews like that we are motivated to continue producing the Ahimsa festival.

What offering/presenter or class are you most excited about for this year’s event?

We are thrilled with all of our presenters who are excited to present at this year’s festival! Our headliner this year is WAH!  We couldn’t be more excited about the yoga workshop and headlining concert she will put on October 1. Her music is widely known in the kirtan and yoga world and if anyone’s ever been in a yoga studio, they’ve likely heard her music. It’s a blessing and pleasure to bring her to the Northeast so she can share her gifts and music with all of us!  The festival also features Gopi Kinnicutt, Larissa Hall Carlson, Adam Bauer, Jennilee Toner, Keli Lalita, Ambika, Roberto Lim, Meg Jala, and more!  It is a very big line up for a one day festival with yoga, meditation, philosophy, kirtan, workshops with live music, DJ silent disco party, vendor village, Lakota’s Farm tour, giveaways, closing bonfire. What we’re most excited for is gathering together again. We can’t wait to see all the beautiful souls that make up the Ahimsa community. And we are honored to be a part of the magic that happens when it all comes together.

Learn more: 

Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival
October 1, 2022

w: ahimsayogafestival.com
e: info@ahimsayogafestival.com
IG: @ahimsayogamusic

Headliner: WAH!

Also featuring: Gopi Kinnicutt, Larissa Hall Carlson, Adam Bauer, Jennilee Toner, Keli Lalita, Ambika, Roberto Lim, Meg Jala, Tomek Regulski, Beth Beaton Mausert, Kelsie Rockefeller, Jen Gerber, and we’re confirming more presenters!

Festival Spotlight: Bend Yoga Festival

Festival Spotlight: Bend Yoga Festival

Festival Spotlight: Bend Yoga Festival

By iana velez

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Bend Yoga Festival - Group Photo
Looking for something to do next 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 Angela Liesching, the founder and festival director of Bend Yoga 

Festival in Bend, Oregon coming up June 15-18, 2023.

Passes are on sale now for the 2023 event at BendYogaFestival.com with the lowest possible price for the 4-day full fest pass. Special thanks to Angela for offering an exclusive promo code for our community: BYFLOVE for 20% off!

What inspired you to create a yoga festival?

More than ever, we need opportunities to connect in real-time, face to face with others — no screens! Safe spaces that focus on authentic connection are necessary in order for healing to happen, and we believe that the need to heal is a universal condition of life. It’s our mission and our passion to create these safe spaces for authentic connection, joy, and unity through yoga.

What makes your festival unique?

Our location! Bend, Oregon, is an outdoor adventure wonderland, as well as a thriving and exciting mountain town, so our fest-goers get to paddle board, learn to mountain bike, take breath-taking hikes, explore a phenomenal food scene, and even learn to climb at world-class places like Smith Rock. The opportunities are endless, making our fest a perfect vacation or retreat experience!

What offering/presenter or class are you most excited about for this year’s event?

I’m most excited about the possibility of Janet Stone headlining our festival in 2023, but all of our presenters are exceptional — any one of them could headline any festival in the world!

Learn more:
@bendyogafestival
bendyogafestival.com


SPECIAL OFFER:
BYFLOVE for an additional 20% off!

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Bend Yoga Festival - Logo
Bend Yoga Festival - Mountain Biking