Spotlight Festival: PlayThink

Spotlight Festival: PlayThink

Spotlight Festival: PlayThink

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Spotlight Festival: PlayThink
Looking for something to do this June? 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 Paige Zen, Founder & CEO of PlayThink Festival who we are thrilled to partner with and share complimentary copies of Yoga Love Magazine. Thank you Paige for offering an exclusive promo code for our community: YOGALOVE will provide 10% off tickets for this event.

What inspired you to create a festival?
I was a professional hula hooper and wanted to learn how to up my skill. I had exhausted the local and regional options for instruction and decided to start an event where we brought in proficient instructors in not only hula hooping but a wide range of modalities. PlayThink, 12 years later, is still an amazing festival for skill-sharing!

What makes your festival unique? 
PlayThink has a massive amount of “playshops” where you can learn just about anything – all while being in an environment that is family friendly and sober. A festival you can bring your kids and your grandparents to? That’s almost unheard of! A festival where folks focus on getting to know themselves without the veil of alcohol? Even more unheard of! For these reasons alone, PlayThink is incredibly unique. Add in that folks feel seen and heard in a radically un-judgemental way, and it’s simply heaven.

What presenter or class are you most excited about for this year’s event?
Our application process doesn’t close until January 15, 2023 so I’m unsure of who will be presenting for our next installment but there are some AMAZING applications and the music line-up is set up to be one of the best! I suspect, as usual, we’ll have a wide variety of movement, music, and healing workshops by some of the most renowned instructors in the nation. From laughter yoga to slinky arts, unicycling to beatboxing – there’s a little bit for everyone!

facebook.com/playthinkfest
instragram.com/playthinkfest
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Spotlight Festival:  Kentucky Yoga Festival

Spotlight Festival: Kentucky Yoga Festival

Spotlight Festival: Kentucky Yoga Festival

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Kentucky Yoga Festival
Looking for something to do in May? 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  Emma Swendsen, the event manager of Kentucky Yoga Festival who we are thrilled to partner with in May 2023. Check out this amazing festival and make sure you pick up your free copy of Yoga Love Magazine while you are there!

What inspired the creation of the festival?

The Kentucky Yoga Festival was inspired by the desire for community connection and co-creating a space for radical transformations. We saw our Kentucky yoga community wanting more opportunities to immerse in soulful connections and deepen their yogic practices. We believe that when you change yourself, you change the world so we set out to co-create this space with the kentucky yoga community and bring forth the opportunities for growth and change our community needs. 

What makes your festival unique?

We like to say that the Kentucky Yoga Festival has the heart of a retreat with the soul of a festival. It is a place for beginner and advanced practitioners alike to come to learn, connect, and heal. We are a family friendly event with kids yoga and playshops in the Sprout Garden and something for every age and phase of the journey. We lean into all branches of yoga and seek to have something for every family member to enjoy even if they didn’t come for the yoga itself. 

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

There is too much to be excited for! Something that has me buzzing going into our 5th year though is welcoming new instructors who began their yoga teacher journeys at the very first Festival in 2019. There are many returning instructors with new offerings that we are excited to be sharing as well in addition to phenomenal vendors, artists, and musicians.  

 

Instagram: @kyyogafest
Website: kyyogafest.com
Ticket Link: kyyogafest.com/get-tickets

Kentucky Yoga Festival
Kentucky Yoga Festival
Kentucky Yoga Festival
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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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
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: Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival

Festival Spotlight: Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival

Festival Spotlight: Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival

By iana velez

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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!