SPOTLIGHT:  Karma Kids Yoga

SPOTLIGHT: Karma Kids Yoga

SPOTLIGHT: Karma Kids Yoga

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BEN CLARK INTERVIEW
Our Joy issue is launching soon, and here is a sneak peek at Tashya Knight’s article profiling some amazing kids yoga teachers in our community. Learn more about Shari Vilchez-Blatt one of the many teachers profiled below who is the founder of Karma Kids Yoga and also in our JOY issue available at partner studios in June. Interested in learning how more about teaching kids yoga? Join Shari’s upcoming kids YTT starting Friday, May 17th- Sunday, May 19th at Balance Arts Center, located at 151 West 30th Street in NYC! REGISTER NOW!

What is different about teaching yoga to kids vs teaching yoga to adults? Is it different?
There are so many differences in kids versus adult yoga! Could you imagine if all of a sudden, in your adult yoga class, someone left their mat and started running in a circle around the room?! Or if you’re in the middle of teaching a pose/flow and someone says, “Did you know that my brother has a bicycle and I saw a frog and I love unicorns and cold pillows?” It’s the energy mostly that differs, but also expectations of behavior. I would never want my child students to behave like adults….too weird. They need to talk, share, connect, ask questions, share some more…show you a trick or two (“look what I can do” can often be heard in a children’s yoga class, but what they show you may or may not be yoga—either way, it’s a gift to the room, so I make space for it. Kids classes are loud, playful, silly, quiet, might involve singing, dancing, jumping, include non-traditional yoga props (from balls to crafts to stuffed animals and pom moms).

What inspired you to teach kids yoga? 
I don’t know how else to explain that my random path of events led me to teach yoga to children. I was an ad exec, very successful, but not passionate as I once had been. I was laid off one summer, decided to just chill out and not look for another job. I got back into my own yoga practice with all the free time, and was able to see my nieces and nephews more over the summer, too. When I did yoga around them, they would copy me. I didn’t know if that was OK, so I did some research and found that of course it was great for kids and that there was a training coming up in my area that summer. I had NOTHING going on. I love to learn, so I took it. It changed me. I took another one. And another…learning more and more. I loved it and just wanted to share with as many children as possible. Two months later I opened up my first studio in NYC dedicated just to kids and families!

What pose do kids enjoy the most?
I don’t think there is just one pose that kids love the most…it really depends on the child (it’s a great icebreaker to ask this at the start of the kids class. My name is Shari and my favorite yoga pose is….and we all do the pose!). And favorites change as our bodies change, we get stronger and more confident. It’s typically one that they feel strong or calm in. If it’s a challenging pose that they can do, kids will likely choose that so that they can show it off. Better than saying a popular pose that they like, I will say they LOVE to invent poses! Give a child 30-60 seconds to come up with a never-before-seen pose and name it! Or pair kids up to invent a partner pose. Or 3+ kids to invent group poses.

Share one of your favorite memories/moments you’ve experienced teaching kids yoga?
There are way too many magical moments from over 20 years…and thousands of kids….From celebrity parents jumping into your yoga adventure with as much enthusiasm as a child (thank you, Jane Krakowski for being the most fun momma)…to my husband farting loudly off camera during live Instagram classes (yes and everyone heard it, and I had to address it)….to Sesame Street Workshop taking over my studio to film “yoga school”…so instead of noting just one, I’ll note that any time a child surprises themselves with their own strength and ability, the looks on their faces are everything!

How do you bring joy to teaching kids yoga? How does teaching kids yoga bring you joy?
I bring joy to my classes by being accepting, kind, compassionate, friendly and honest. And of course, a bit of silly doesn’t hurt. Or a lot. I include laughter, wonder, and always invite them to be who they are, to listen to their bodies (versus me), and make sure everyone feels heard. I build community and make connections (friendships) within each class, allowing kids to experience other kids by mixing up partnerships, playing games, having challenges and tasks, all while having so much fun! It’s the energy I bring to the class.

Nearly every day that I teach, I have a funny or sweet story to take home. But even better than that, when a child finally gets a challenging pose that they’ve been working on (they usually surprise themselves), it’s the best feeling to witness their excitement, their confidence and their glow! It’s a celebration for all!

SEDONA YOGA FESTIVAL

SEDONA YOGA FESTIVAL

SPOTLIGHT FESTIVAL: THE SEDONA YOGA FESTIVAL

MARCH 14TH – 17TH, 2024

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Looking for something to do this March? 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 Heather Sanders, Founder & Producer and Lisette Cheresson, Director of Communications of Sedona Yoga Festival taking place in Sedona, AZ who we are thrilled to partner with! You will be able to get complimentary copies of our magazine at this festival! 

What makes this year’s festival unique?
HEATHER: After years of seeing people network with one another organically and go on to do amazing things together, we are putting some intentions behind growing that network. As such, we’re actively exploring what purpose-driven collaboration looks like, in what is being shown to us as a new way of doing things. We will have more spaciousness in the schedule and more intentional time all together to spark these relationships, as well as fun activities that support people creating with one another to collaborate both at the festival and beyond.You will find our presenter roster here

Share with us what you LOVE about your festival location?
HEATHER: Our venue, the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, is located in an area of Sedona that has very grounded and healing energy. With everything being walkable from the venue, we expect it to be very relaxed. There are many trails easily accessed near our venue, so folks can take time between classes to really find themselves on the land. There couldn’t be a better place for us to celebrate all together now and really connect with this sacred land.

In that vein, SYF is unique in that it takes place in one of Earth’s well-known power points. Sedona has an energy of transformation and amplification. When we practice together in large numbers in this environment — with shared intention and an attitude of gratitude and love — it resonates and ripples out to the world at large.

The theme of our issue this year is JOY, how do yoga festivals inspire JOY?
LISETTE: There’s a lightness of being that happens when we share in yoga and chant and celebration. It’s not just about coming together in community — though it’s that too — it’s the inspiration of possibility. When we come together in the shared goal of recognizing our interconnectedness, we break the barriers we set for ourselves. We’re able to step into our true, authentic, shared humanity and remind ourselves what is actually possible. 

The joy comes from that reminder — the tapping back into what’s really important, and creating the connections we need to shift out of stagnancy and hopelessness and into our divine power once we leave the event.

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MN YOGA FEST 2024

MN YOGA FEST 2024

SPOTLIGHT FESTIVAL: MN YOGA FEST

May 11th, 2024
Buffalo, MN

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Looking for something to do this month? 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 the team behind the brand new MN Yoga Fest launching May 11th!

Joclyn Rainville Kilpatrick: Owner of Willow Soul Yoga (Otsego, St. Michael, MN.)
Amy Miller-Strand: Owner of Rising Phoenix Yoga and Bodywork ( Buffalo, MN.)
Amber Perry: Owner of Sweet Spirit Yoga and Retreats ( Rogers, MN. )
Jennie Ruth : Owner of Jennie Ruth Music and Yoga (Otsego, Foley, MN.)

What makes this year’s festival unique?
This is our very first year of MN YOGA FEST, the idea came about to help bring other Yogis together to gather as a community and share the love of Yoga. We are offering a variety of yoga classes and workshops that include teachers from Minnesota that bring all people together to practice and learn more about Yoga and its vast teachings. There will be a Sound Spa Mediation area to invite relaxation and rejuvenation, small business vendors and healthy food!

Share with us what you LOVE about your festival location? 
MN YOGA FEST will be held at the Howling Moon Weddings and Event Center in Buffalo, MN. Howling Moon offers a one-of-a-kind event space that provides a beautiful backdrop of rolling green hills leading to a vineyard and rustic barn appeal. Located in a rural setting which invites a peaceful ambiance surrounded by nature.

The theme of our issue this year is JOY, how do yoga festivals inspire JOY?
Community Connection: Yoga festivals bring together like-minded individuals passionate about yoga and holistic wellness. The sense of belonging and feeling connected fosters joy as people share their experiences, practice together, and celebrate a common interest.

Spiritual Growth: Yoga festivals feature classes and workshops,  led by teachers which can inspire personal growth, self-discovery and a deeper connection to oneself and others, which can be profoundly joyous experiences.

Celebration of movement: Yoga festivals celebrate movement, mindfulness, and the body’s capabilities. Engaging in yoga practices, dance, and other physical activities can evoke feelings of liberation, vitality, and joy as participants explore new ways of moving and being in their bodies.

Nature: Yoga festivals that are held outside surrounded by nature and being immersed by natural beauty can uplift the spirit and bring joy!


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HARLEM WELLNESS FESTIVAL 2024

HARLEM WELLNESS FESTIVAL 2024

SPOTLIGHT FESTIVAL: HARLEM WELLNESS FESTIVAL

May 18, 2024
Marcus Garvey Park

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Looking for something to do this 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 Carey King from the nonprofit Uptown Grand Central and Tony Rahsaan from TBo Harlem, who are co-producers for Harlem Wellness Festival taking place in Harlem, NYC who we are thrilled to partner with! You will be able to get complimentary copies of our magazine at this festival! 

What makes this year’s festival unique? 
The last time this festival took place, it was just after the pandemic, when some half of Harlem’s fitness and wellness and businesses closed for good. This year’s festival is a celebration of the businesses that have persevered for decades or more, as well as the many new fitness and wellness spaces that have opened in the past few years.

Share with us what you LOVE about your festival location? 
Marcus Garvey Park is a green oasis in Harlem, located centrally between East and West Harlem, and surrounded by the brownstones of the Mt. Morris Park Historic District.

The theme of our issue this year is JOY, how do yoga festivals inspire JOY?
This festival brings joy because it is a celebration of the strong minority and women owned wellness community that Harlem has built over the past few decades.

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CATSKILL MOUNTAIN YOGA FESTIVAL

CATSKILL MOUNTAIN YOGA FESTIVAL

SPOTLIGHT FESTIVAL: CATSKILL MOUNTAIN YOGA FESTIVAL

JULY 27, 2024
Plattekill Mountain, Roxbury, NY

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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 Raegan Reed, founder and coordinator for the Catskill Mountain Yoga Festival who we are thrilled to partner with this July! Learn more about the festival here and pick up your FREE copy of Yoga Love Magazine at the event!

What makes this year’s festival unique? 
We have new classes, workshops, vendors and experiences! We also have some of our faves returning! Please take a look at our NEW APP for all the fun classes, workshops, etc!

 

Share with us what you LOVE about your festival location?
We love Plattekill Mountain, in Roxbury, NY! Our fest is unique in that it is located at this hidden gem, in Upstate NY. We hold classes at the tippy top of the mountain! Participants can ride the chair lift up and down, or hike up and down.

The theme of our issue this year is JOY, how do yoga festivals inspire JOY?
The CMYF brings so much joy to me, our presenters, vendors, and to our festival-goers.The vibes are full of love and positivity and everyone leaves feeling totally rejuvenated and refreshed by this fun event. Planning it is a pleasure! Every time a new instructor reaches out or a new vendor finds out about us, we are so pumped to have them join our little family. We love the attendees, the vendors, and it’s like one big happy family year after year! It is also very fun to connect with our treasured sponsors and new sponsors. Plus, we have some new exciting SWAG for this year’s swag bag! VIPs are guaranteed a bag!

 

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MAMMOTH YOGA FESTIVAL 2024

MAMMOTH YOGA FESTIVAL 2024

SPOTLIGHT FESTIVAL: MAMMOTH YOGA FESTIVAL

June 20-23, 2024
Mammoth Lakes, CA

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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  Kevin Green, Co-Founder of Mammoth Yoga Festivall who we are thrilled to partner with! You will be able to get complimentary copies of our magazine at this festival! 

Exclusive Promo Code for our community: YogaLoveMag24 
To enjoy a 10% discount on multi-day pass (single day passes not included)

What inspired you to create a festival?
Elevation of emotional well-being and self-care, to bring community together in one of the most stunning places on earth, Mammoth Lakes, CA

What makes your festival unique?
We offer accessible yoga to everyone, every body, age and ability. MYF attendees are all extremely comfortable and we band evenly with a similar number of yogi’s in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Many attend in their 60’s and we have dozens in their 70’s. Our outdoor venues include a meadow with a stream running through it with 12,000 foot peaks hovering above. Our SUP yoga is on a pristine alpine lake 2 miles from town surrounded by national forest and the Sierra.

What offering/presenter or class are you most excited about for this year’s event?
We are most excited about Rana Nadar this year who is both a presenter and sponsor. Rana is offering a 5hr Alchemy Sound Healing Immersion on Thursday that counts as a 50% credit towards a Level 1 Certification in Sound Healing. The foundation training will focus on 

1) The Science of Sound Healing

2) Introduction to Alchemy Bowls

3) Music and Harmonics

4) Notes and Chakras

Additionally, Rana will be offering two of her incredible sound healings and a mala making class (all of these always sell out).


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