Festival Spotlight: Taos Mountain Yoga Festival

By iana velez


Taos Mountain Yoga Festival Couple doing acro yoga
Taos Mountain Yoga Festival

Looking for something to do this August? 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 Kari Malen, from the Taos Mountain Yoga festival taking place Aug 26-28.

Your name and role in the festival
My role in the Taos Mountain Yoga Festival is coordinating the team of talented instructors and guides to lead an array of experiences to get you embodied.

What inspired the creation of this festival?
Beyond the uniqueness of our location in the alpine beauty of the New Mexico mountainscape, this event aims to do two things: Highlight the amazing local instructor cohort based in and around Taos who have a special breadth and depth of knowledge and skill in teaching. Secondly to provide the community and visitors the opportunity to participate in a broad array of what yoga has to offer.  

What makes your festival unique?
Have you ever joined a yoga class and thought, this isn’t right for me? Then decided yoga isn’t right for you? At this festival you can explore many options of yoga styles and practices that get lumped under the umbrella term yoga.Some classes will be movement oriented, others more restorative meditations, there will be breathwork, mantra, higher consciousness classes, traditional ashtanga, modern acro yoga, and even yoga and art for kids (and kids at heart). We have aimed to provide a little something for everyone. Join us and see what yoga has to offer you. Get out of your spinning mind and into your body. Find some calm. Connect with self and community. Options exist to drop in for one class, one day, or all of the fun. 

Beyond yoga classes there is also a guided hike and nature writing workshop, crystal bowl soundbath, guided movement class, and a silent disco with three local DJ’s. Don’t forget there is also a free, all levels, yoga class on Sunday at 10am for anyone and everyone to join and a movie on the lawn Saturday night. 

What offering/presenter or class are you most excited about for this year’s event?
What am I most excited about? Bringing together this cast of amazing instructors all at one event: Adi Luna, Alana Lee, Amani, Aura Garver, Elena Brower, Jennifer Ammann, Johanna DeBiase, Jvala Moonfire, Matt Salzman, Nadine Lollino, Summer Hartbauer, Sue Hunt. Oh, and I am teaching a class too. 

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