Northwest Yoga Feast is not only in the food but also in the variety of teachings we offer. We celebrate the power of diversity as each teacher has a unique voice and style. Yet each class shares a common intention, which is “BREATHE to heal and synchronize mind and body, to open the heart, so we learn how to love who and what we see”.
Erin Wert Happy Hips, Open Hearts - Traveling to Northwest Yoga Feast might mean a long time in the car and all the tightness that arises from that. Join Erin for this opening-day workshop to loosen up road-weary hips and hamstrings, get that body moving and flowing, and prepare the senses for a weekend of dropping "in." As tightness in the body begins to melt away, the heart begins to open to new possibilities of connection with others and Self, as well as willingness to try something a little out of your comfort zone. This all-levels workshop is designed to welcome and relax the body, mind and Spirit for the weekend ahead.
Greet the Sun - Start your day off with a moving meditation designed to delight the senses. Beginning with a slow, but heat-building vinyasa practice to warm and awaken the body, Erin will spend the last half hour leading participants into some juicy restorative poses where essential oils will be applied topically to further release and relax the body-mind. Students will have an opportunity to learn how to incorporate essential oils into their own practice as well as take home a small gift. Erin Wert and Jason Bear will lead you through a SLOW FLOW exploration of Truth and Trust in yourselves as a practice of Loving-Kindness/Compassion in this global, changing and interconnected world.
Ara Lyman Surya Kriya, Ignite Your Inner Sun - (all levels) When you activate sun energy (surya), you help build positivity, enthusiasm and allow for more expansiveness. It can make your mind clear and action-oriented, strengthening your ability to focus on life's many tasks. Practice cultivating surya energy with this sweet, warming Kundalini kriya that focuses on root lock, mula bandh. Warm up with Surya Namaskar, sun salutations and standing postures then move through a series of simple exercises that systematically stimulate your pranic force, build vitality and kundalini energy. Then relax deeply in a restorative gong bath before we chant long Ek Ong Kar - Morning Call.
Shiva Bom - Transform & Speak Your Truth (all levels, energetic) Feel the folding and unfolding of your energy in this beautiful Kundalini Yoga kriya that ignites the fire within you, giving you the power to transform poison to nectar, ignorance to wisdom, darkness to light. As Shiva held the poison of the world in his throat, symbolizing the activation of our greatest vibrational tool for living truth and purification, our throat center, we shall vibrate the cosmos and turn our venom to honey. Warm up with Vinyasa/Hatha yoga before the kriya and relax in a deeply restorative gong and Himalayan bowl bath.
Kelly Thielbahr Welcome to the Elements of Eureka -Join me for a grounding and intention setting class upon arrival at Yoga Feast. Whether you have traveled from near or far, this class will create Space, allowing the sacred and divine to guide your practice and enhance the weekend of Yoga, meditation, food, music and community. The class will be rooted in your muladhara chakra as we settle into the Earth element on the beautiful grounds of the Eureka Center on Lake Pend Orielle, surrounded by the Water element. We will use the Air element through pranayama (breath work) to help center the body and create an intention for the weekend. Next we will be building some heat and Fire via Sun Salutations and explore a variety of hip openers. This class is designed to connect the body, mind and spirit leaving you feeling open and ready to dive into your weekend of Yoga Feast bliss.
Trisha Wilson The 5 Great Elements - Everything in nature consists of 5 elements, or mahabhutas: space, air, fire, water and earth. Knowledge and practice with the elements can help us attain health, wisdom, power and happiness. By weaving together practices of yoga and shamanism we will explore each of the elements in relation to body, mind and spirit. This full spectrum practice aims to honour and create balance with all that is.
Goddess Durga - Durga is a warrior goddess of protection in yoga mythology. She rides a tiger and carries multiple weapons yet is also known for her kind and courageous heart. Through movement, meditation, mudra and mantra we will connect to Durga's fierce and loving energy. Ready to slay the demons of self doubt and unworthiness? Tap Durga's power to stand firm in your truth and connect to your own fearless heart.
Cami Cote Chakra Yoga - A yoga workshop based on the principle of activating your body’s natural healing process of the chakras to restore physical and emotional well-being. This workshop is a combination of two ancient traditions, Hatha Yoga and Reiki. Hatha yoga can open and align the chakras, or energy centers, of the body. A well-tuned yoga practice can free up energy and stimulate imbalances in the energy centers. Incorporating Reiki energy into the practice can make all the difference in clearing stubborn blocks getting in the way of raising your frequency to achieve mind, body and spiritual wellness.
Yoga For EveryBody - This class starts with a quieting centering meditation to calm the mind and slow the nervous system, providing an opportunity to reconnect with oneself. We intentionally move slowly holding postures longer to cultivate strength, integration and alignment. Each class is intelligently sequenced leading to a peak posture designed to strengthen and challenge both body and mind. Class will end with a gentle restorative pose integrating body, mind and spirit encouraging harmony and balance on and off the mat enhanced by a guided meditation accompanied by Himalyan Singing Bowls.
Lila Pierce Brown Breath & Yoga - Breath, bio-mechanical alignment, and skillful action are ever the focus for honing the craft of asana -- yet these tools are also awesome techniques for creating greater awareness of the force of aliveness that is in all things. This practice will include intelligent sequencing, enlivening instruction, and trustworthy approaches that give yoga practitioners the opportunity to taste what in Yoga is considered their innermost nature, and to be inspired to live from that authentic place.
Drea Pheonix ReClaiming the Goddess (Men welcome) - In this Vinyasa Flow Yoga Session we fully Honour our sacred connection to life that is present in every moment, in every breath. To Fully Reclaim the Divine Feminine, we must be prepared for her anger, For all the suffering of the feminine, of the earth itself. Kali Ma is tough love. In her deepest spiritual essence, she epitomizes the demand that you become a naked warrior for truth and freedom. And then we can begin the work of of reconnecting with the sacred principles of life have never been written down: they belong to the heartbeat, to the rhythm of the breath and the flow of blood. We embody the Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess of Love and good fortune as we accept and love our bodies with special attention to the hips. And Finally Saraswati, Goddess of Creativity and as we recognize This Sacred knowledge comes from within.
Yin Yoga - Yin yoga is a deep and divine inner practice of long held seated postures that targets the connective tissues of the body. Yin calls on one to observe, allow, and surrender as body and mind marinate in the poses. Yin is suitable for all levels and a beautiful compliment to sports and all styles of yoga.
Jason Bear Oakes Acro Yoga Freefall from Fear - (All Levels) In this class offering, we will safely explore what it might feel like to permanently shed fears from our daily experience. Building a sense of community first within, and then sharing that sense with others allows for a shifting of the paradigm, replacing fear with confidence; we will incorporate these thematic principles seamlessly into a practice that is inclusive and supportive of each other irrespective of physical ability. No Partner necessary, bring an open mind and open heart.
Acro Yoga Revealing the Magic of Connections - (All Levels) In this class offering, we lift the veil of the mundane to experience the magic of connections. Imagine back to being 3 years old in a playground, really try to imagine the mindset and motivations of your 3-year old self for a moment. The goal was to just have fun, Blissful and Pure. Attend this class and get ready to experience that authentic feeling once more. No Partner necessary, just bring an open mind and open heart.
Terilyn Wire Yoga and the Sacred Art of Forgiveness- In this workshop we will infuse the ancient Hawaiian art and practice of forgiveness to delve deeper into svadyaya ~ self discovery. Expect to flow, sweat, sing, share and tune in to the quiet echoes of your heart.
Yoga and Mythology- In this workshop we will infuse our practice with the sacred art of storytelling. We will explore the Samudra Manthan myth- the churning of the ocean of consciousness and how it applies to our modern lives. Vinyasa yoga with mantra, pranayama and mudra.
Nancy Burtenshaw Guts & Grace - (Intermediate/Advanced) Anything worthwhile doesn’t happen by force but instead by steady practice over time balanced with a sense of easefulness. Arm balances and inversions are some of the most physically challenging poses and demand Guts in your approach along with a stellar foundation, a strong core and an integrated upper body. Grace comes into play when you learn to step out of your way and with patience and perspective allow your practice (and your life) to unfold – this is where Guts & Grace collide to create magic! Join us for a fun & vibrant class that will leave you feeling empowered. Not recommended for those with injuries.
Connect to Your Heart and Be Yourself - (Beginner) Rest in a stage of the pose that truly reveals who you are and is therefore is self-honoring. This class will focus on opening our side bodies, integrating our arms onto the back plane of our bodies and gently opening our hearts with feel-good back bends. Accessible, stair-stepped instructions will lead you to your creative expression of the pose(s) and allow you to shine.
Dance, Art & Massage
Brietta Leader WildCore™ - 5 Elements will take you on a movement journey choreographed to music that nourishes your earth, water, fire, air and space elements. As humans we naturally seek a balanced connection in our day to day life. This workshop will take a step deeper into the study of the elements, how they live within our bodies and will encourage new pathways to balance.
Holly Walker Painting - Join me on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille for a tranquil meditative liquid watercolor painting session. Using water from the lake in our cups, we will paint the landscape surrounding us, infused with a rooted lotus image. All supplies will be included and swimming is optional but highly recommended.
Betsy Shilling Myofascial Release - Top to Toes Roll-Out: We will unravel tight connective tissue from head to toe over the course of two sessions: Top to Tummy on Saturday and Tummy to Toes on Sunday! Come self-massage away soreness from strong asana work and tent-dwelling, improve your digestion and circulation, enhance your breathe, detoxify and feel oh-so-much better!
Jody Pignolet Authentic Relating Appetizer - Join me just before three of our mealtimes for some fun connecting. You will experience a playful exercise that deepens our connections with each other by shifting out of “doing” and into “being”, shifting from past/future into the present, and from critical focus to appreciative focus. The exact activity for each appetizer will depend on the size of the group and what feels alive in the moment to explore. Meet new people and connect deeper with those you know! Take away an insight to apply in your communications with others.
Circling - Go beyond the appetizer for the main course! Learn some valuable take home secrets to connecting deeply with others while expanding your community at YogaFeast. Circling is a relational practice designed to allow a visceral experience of connection and understanding another person’s world, celebrating who and where they are right now. It’s practicing using our genuine curiosity to better understand and become a connoisseur of another person’s world though present moment awareness. We will have several circling sessions with limited slots. Sign up for one of these spaces on the bulletin board.
Music, Ceremony & Performance
Mahapurna Kirtan - Kirtan is an ancient participatory music experience which is part of the path of Bhakti Yoga. It's the most natural yogic path for those who seek emotional fulfillment and well-being. Kirtan is an easy way to experience freedom from the daily chatter of the mind; it helps keep the mind centred and peaceful while instilling the whole being with bliss absolute. These ancient Sanskrit mantras contain powerful healing and transformational energies that help reconnect us to the centre of our true self.
Gaia and Shannon Rei Community Sound Healing -Come, create and send your love to the collective consciousness of humanity. This group experience will utilize brain wave vibration and movement, leading you into the nourishing heavenly tones of the crystal singing bowls. These harmonic sounds will facilitate an opportunity to access a deep state of relaxation, re-balacing and replenishing of the spirit, mind and body.
Nathan Zavalney Electronic Wizardry - Musical accompaniment for yoga classes, improvising multi-layered soundscapes to support participant's practices.
Katherine Greenland Opening & Closing Ceremony - Katie is a ceremonialist and sound healer that uses didgeridoo, conch shell, gourd rattle and Grandmother drum as instruments for Spirit to flow through. She will lead the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the Northwest Yoga Feast celebration, holding space for the sacred intention of the Spirit of the Land that thrives at the Eureka Center. She brings her Indigenous heritage to her art as sacred ritual, undifferentiated from ordinary life.
Live Your Truth - We will explore this year's festival theme LIVE YOUR TRUTH as a playful and interactive celebration of our humanity by engaging in scholarship of the senses - a process to heighten awareness of the body's intelligence. Expect to deepen your connection to your own truth, see it in others, and experience BEING in your truth as an embodied act of self love. This workshop accompanied by Nathan Zavalney, playing an improvised love song for the truth in all beings.
Gypsy Divas Dance Performance - Every time the Gypsy Diva's perform there is a unique story of inspiration, original costuming, a dynamic mix of core ladies and guests, world music and the expression of the ancient art of dance. This summer the Diva's will be offering a Candle dance. In each of the dancer's hands is a candle within a glass orb, so the dance has a sense of delicate power, grace and intricate patterning to bring joy to the audience. Dancing with the living flame with a group of women has a very ancient thread that is woven through the hearts of the audience.
The Eureka Institute is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.