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FINAL 10.19.18 W descriptionsThe 2018 Sonoma County Yoga Festival schedule of events- Current as of 10/19/18. 

Classes and events are being added to the schedule daily!

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Opening Ceremony - North Bay WildFires Remembrance Ceremony sponsored by One with Nature

4:30PM    Meditation Meadow  One by Nature Ceremony Community and Thai Buddhist Monks from Wat Mahabuddhaphumi, a local Buddhist Temple, open the Sonoma County Yoga Festival with a ceremony of remembrance to honor and acknowledge our community. Our intention is to remember those lost and affected, and renew the spirit of community that carried us through the storm and best carries us through the future.

Opening Class - Vinyasa Flow w/ Pamela Maldonado Sponsored by Renew Yoga

4:30pm - 6:15pm     Kapha Yoga Room  Join Pamela in this rich, heart opening all levels Vinyasa practice to lay the foundation for our 2nd annual Sonoma County Yoga Festival which is dedicated to First Responders, Firefighters, and Fire survivors.

Core Stability w/Nicole Myers Sponsored by Blue Door Yoga & Wellness

5:00pm - 5:45pm     Pitta Yoga Room A blend of Pilates and Yoga principles that focus on anatomical alignment, muscle engagement, and joint flexibility. The goal is to move from your core and be able to use your joints and muscles through their full range of motion, with stability and power.  We will perform exercises and movements that teach your body how to be more efficient, stronger, and safer. A range of exercise variations allows you to increase your flexibility and strength at your own pace.

Hip Hop Yoga w/ Jensen Curtis Sponsored by Stillness Retreat

6:30pm - 8:00pm    Kapha Yoga Room  Kick off your weekend with some beats! You will be transported to the club for an all levels high energy 90min Vinyasa flow. Spinning your favorite old and new Hip Hop songs at this playful and empowering class. Guaranteed to make you sweat and leave you feeling fly!

Hatha Yoga: 26 & 2   w/ Zachary McCloskey Sponsored by Napa Hot Yoga

7:15pm - 8:15pm    Pitta Yoga Room  The 26 and 2 sequence is unlike any other Yoga class. It is a series of twenty-six asana poses designed to scientifically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the order in which they should be stretched. The practice of these twenty-six poses will enhance mind and body, relax, strengthen, reshape and heal you over time.

Baptiste Power Beats  w/ Lisa Ellisen Sponsored by Soul Yoga

8:15pm - 9:30pm    Kapha Yoga Room Familiarity with sun salutations recommended, but all-levels welcome. Baptiste inspired power vinyasa yoga, focusing on the balance of strength and flexibility to cultivate total body wellness. Get balanced, de-stressed, strong and fluid. If not now, when?

Black Yoga Buti Yoga w/ Andrea Thomas & Laurie Gatti Sponsored by FooDog Yoga

8:30pm - 9:45pm    Pitta Yoga Room Buti Yoga is a dynamic asana practice fused with primal movement, tribal dance and deep core engagement. Created by Celebrity Trainer Bizzie Gold, Buti Yoga utilizes the Spiral Structure Technique to sculpt + tone the deep abdominal muscles that stabilize and strengthen the body. An energetic and empowering practice sure to make you sweat and smile!

DJ Micah and  DJ Dragon Fly  Live DJ Set

8:30pm – 11:15pm    Sally Tomatoes Good ViBes Stage

Opening with DJ Micah, DJ Dragon Fly takes us through the evening on a magic carpet ride of sound that transports the dancefloor when he throws down his full-spectrum, body-mind-soul transglobal sound experience where cutting-edge, polyrhythmic akashic bass meets primordial sound, elastic dreamtempo, tribal mayhem, and ecstatic bliss.


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Gentle Yoga & Yoga Nidra  w/ Barbara Brady Sponsored by Blue Door Yoga and Wellness

8:00am - 9:00am    Kapha Yoga Room  Slow, stretching class designed to enhance flexibility and injury recovery.  What if you could release: Anxiety, Stress, Insomnia, Restless mind, Depression. And cultivate: Unsurpassed calm, Resiliency, Peace, Overall well-being. You can. Through Yoga Nidra, or "yogic sleep." It is unlike anything else you've ever experienced. You're in Savasana, the pose of relaxation, while Barbra guides you into deeper and deeper states of peaceful rest and awareness. Appropriate for all levels. You just rest while Yoga Nidra guides you through visualizations that relax you all the way down to the subconscious, where some of our deepest stress gets stuck.

Vinyasa Flow  w/ Jenn Russo Sponsored by Yoga On Center

8:30am - 9:45am    SOMO Village Vata Stage Jenn Russo’s classes are an inspiring blend of fun flow rooted in traditional alignment, with a focus on feeling, breath, integrity, and core strength. Vinyasa yoga provides the space for people to explore their power, delight their spirit, move with their breath, and go deeper into their True Self. Expect this class to include a blend of flowing and heat-inducing movements with a blend of standing poses, arm balances, twists, hip-openers back bends and more. Jenn’s class will leave you feeling aligned internally and externally and in a blissful state of being.

HEAL Movie Screening         Sponsored by SF Yoga Magazine

11:00am - 1:30pm   Pitta Yoga Room    HEAL is a global film as our health is something we all face and have the power to influence. The response to HEAL has been stunning. From our theatrically released sell out shows in LA, its four time extension in SF, to event screenings that span from a 900-person event screening in Billings Montana, to our private screening at Urban Zen NYC by Donna Karen’s personal request. All walk away with an experience and deep understanding that we have the power, through our thoughts, emotions, beliefs and perceptions, to HEAL.

Yoga w/ Tirza Dawn

9:15am - 10:30am    Kapha Yoga Room  Tirza Dawn from the dhyana Center in Sebastopol teaches a well balanced flow, structure and meditative class called Yoga Ceremony on Saturday morning at Sonoma Yoga Festival. This class provides a space to unwind slowly, circulate thoroughly, and strengthen mindfully within the ritual of group practice in the old traditions.  Tirza will be accompanied by Benjamen Ezekiel offering musical and sound healing journeys for the heart!

Kidding Around Yoga w/ Kidding Around Yoga Sponsored by Elizabeth Smith

9:30am - 10:30am    Meditation Meadow Come dance, limbo, skip, jump, and move and groove to the Yoga beat. Class will include creative instruction in meditation, mindfulness, breathing techniques, relaxation, poses, kids yoga games & activities, and lots of stress management, meeting children and families where they are! Don't have kids? That's okay, come have fun with us! Everyone benefits from a good time.

Kundalini Yoga  w/ Anne Seaver Sponsored by Hot Yoga Calistoga

10:00am - 11:30am    SOMO Village Vata Stage Come align and ignite your inner energies with Anne Seaver in this powerful practice that combines movement, breathwork and chanting in order to balance the nervous and endocrine system.

Body Lever Jam w/ Steve Terry Sponsored by The Body Lever 

10:30am - 11:30am    Meditation Meadow The Body Lever is a new self-care technology that allows each user to apply superhuman pressure to specific points on the body. Each variation will have its own nuance, though many techniques have similarities, with common themes like using the wrist rolling action when Leveraging and using the Body Handle for pinpoint pressure. Come join us for a Body Lever Jam!

Vinyasa Flow + Workshop  w/ Jessica Webb Sponsored by Blue Door Yoga & Wellness

10:45am - 11:45am    Kapha Yoga Room  Vinyasa translates from Sanskrit as, placing your body with care in a special way. In yoga classes it has transmuted into "one breath, one movement." And that is what you will find in Vinyasa Flow classes:  almost constant movement that is one with the breath.  The teacher incorporates some holding in poses to focus on alignment and stillness.  Vinyasa Flow classes are strong and are recommended for students who are comfortable with a faster, stronger practice. There will be a pause in the middle to break down a pose  creating a mini-workshop.

Silent Disco Yoga -  Peak Flow w/ Chrys Johnson Sponsored by Point of You Yoga

12:00pm - 1:30pm    SOMO Village Vata Stage  Level 1/2 Vinyasa Flow class that mixes in elements of Dance, Tai Chi & Meditation set to a soundtrack of uplifting hip-hop, electronic dance, acoustic and devotional music.

Arm Balancing Workshop  w/ Ann Austin Sponsored by Yoga Studio Ganesha

12:00pm - 1:00pm    Kapha Yoga Room This fun, challenging sequence of arm-balances is designed to teach you how to do arm-balances with greater mindfulness and ease. Students often over-rely on force when working on these poses rather than learning to understand the essential actions and movements. This sequence will help your body understand the mechanics and leverage of arm-balances and make these inspiring poses part of your repertoire.

Workshop: Intro into Slacklining w/ Eleanor McCall Sponsored by Elevated Slacklining 

12:00pm - 1:00pm    Meditation Meadow  This class offers a balance of vinyasa yoga and slacklining, warming up with Vinyasa Yoga, playing with the peak of our practice and cool down on the slackline. This class is great for beginner – intermediate.

Workshop: Yoga for Special Populations  w/ Shannon McQuaide Sponsored by Fire Flex Yoga

1:15pm - 2:15 pm    Kapha Yoga Room Are you interested in bringing yoga to a specific population, such as veterans, first responders, nurses, educators, and many more groups who could benefit from yoga?  A key aspect of creating yoga programs for special populations is understanding their unique needs and challenges. And then to develop a protocol where qualitative and quantitative data can demonstrate how yoga is a solution.

Let’s Connect via Laughter and Partner Yoga w/ Deb Reid Sponsored by P.O.S.T Wellness by Design

1:30pm - 2:45 pm    Meditation Meadow Weaving together Laugher and Partner Yoga. Please note this isn’t Acro Yoga. I make it very safe for participants. Meet many yogis in a short amount of time!

Baptiste Power Yoga  w/ Lisa Ellisen Sponsored by Soul Yoga

1:45pm - 3:00pm    SOMO Village Vata Stage Familiarity with sun salutations recommended, but all-levels welcome. Baptiste inspired power vinyasa yoga, focusing on the balance of strength and flexibility to cultivate total body wellness. Get balanced, de-stressed, strong and fluid. If not now, when

Hatha Flow w/ Jesi Mifsud Sponsored by Blue Door Yoga & Wellness

2:00pm - 3:00pm    Pitta Yoga Room Classical Hatha Yoga is the practice of combining the focus of breath and movement of asana. This yoga practice  is a potent alignment-oriented practice emphasizes the forms and actions within yoga postu

Stable Flow  w/ Amy Wolff Sponsored by Renew Yoga

2:30pm - 3:45pm    Kapha Yoga Room Amy anchors her classes in breath and stability while helping you find a new sense of freedom in your flow. This dynamic and creative flow will help you rebuild a strong foundation. Walk away transformed with a new sense of strength, confidence and ease!

Family Yoga Workshop w/ Kidding Around Yoga Sponsored by Elizabeth Smith

3:00pm - 4:00pm    Pitta Yoga Room   Come Join Sunday morning for a strengthening and heart opening Meditative Vinyasa yoga practice. Leave feeling more expansive, compassionate, and connected to spirit. This practice brings focus to yoga principles of alignment, breath awareness and overall unification of body, mind and spirit.

Movement Rehabilitation for PTS  w/ Sonya McVay Sponsored by Fitness Rx

4:00pm - 5:00pm    Kapha Yoga Room  Every second that you move, you create patterns. If you sit to make money, if you suffer from trauma, if you use your body for sport, if you suffer from arthritis... however you spend time in your body, your soft tissue is following suit. Over time, this tissue becomes susceptible to injury and chronic pain. To compensate, our joints, nerves, tendons, ligaments, etc. begin a new pattern. At Fitness Rx, we do a few things: we get your overused tissue healthy, we acknowledge your neurology and movement and then we teach you how to move functionally.  We ask you to take a look at your patterns and challenge you to change.

Slack-Yoga Class w/ Eleanor McCall Sponsored by Elevated Slacklining 

4:00pm - 5:00pm    Meditation Meadow  This class offers a balance of vinyasa yoga and slacklining, warming up with Vinyasa Yoga, playing with the peak of our practice and cool down on the slackline. This class is great for beginner – intermediate levels.

Yoga Chakra Tune Up w/ CBD Treatment + Discussion  w/ Mary Gavin Sponsored by Vida Drops

4:00pm - 5:45pm    Pitta Yoga Room Join Mary Gavin and Vida Drops CBD for an intimate experience of Yoga Healing with CBD. Find yourself renewed and recharged with a class designed around igniting your inner wisdom for health and vitality with a bhakti flow  by Mary Gavin + Topical CBD discussion and workshop provided by Vida Drops. This hybrid class + workshop will leave your body relaxed and soothed while you expand your horizons. You will leave the class with an new understanding of the possibilities for  your health and vitality with CBD and the combination of nurturing a sustaining and meaningful yoga practice.

Chanting  w/ Ann Austin Sponsored by Yoga Studio Ganesha

5:15pm - 6:00pm    Kapha Yoga Room Chanting the Yoga Sutra is a way of not only connecting to the past but also to bring this ancient wisdom to her students.

Black Light Inferno Hot Pilates  w/ Anne Seaver Sponsored by Hot Yoga Calistoga

6:00pm - 7:15pm    Pitta Yoga Room Anne Seaver brings high intensity interval training with a party vibe in her Blacklight Inferno Hot Pilates Class. Expect an upbeat class focusing on Pilates alignment principles combined with plyometrics and tabata timing.

YinYasa  w/ Helaine Sheias Sponsored by Renew Yoga

6:15pm - 7:15pm    Kapha Yoga RoomOur Yinyasa Yoga focuses on the cultivation of a co-existing energetic and physical alignment within us through unique sequencing of movement and breath, in order to attain a sense of strength & agility; balance & fluidity; equanimity & peacefulness within

Happy Hour Yoga w/ Elizabeth Smith sponsored by Kidding Around Yoga

7:30pm - 8:30pm    Kapha Yoga Room

Enjoy a guided sip and stretch class that will provide you a unique experience.

Powerflow  w/ Anna Kyshynska Sponsored by Hot Yoga Calistoga

7:30pm - 8:45pm    Pitta Yoga Room Anna Kyshynska will challenge you with a powerful hybrid Ashtanga/Vinyasa flow class. Come move, sweat, and breathe in this high vibration practice.

Black Light Buti Twerk  w/ Tristan St. Germain Sponsored  by FooDog Yoga

9:00pm - 10:15pm  Pitta Yoga Room  BUTI is a fusion of Vinyasa Flow with cardio-intensive tribal and hip hop dance + body sculpting primal movement. With a kick-ass soundtrack, we will glow in the dark as we boogie down and shake it loose! A practice sure to energize the body and free the soul.

LIVE MUSIC w/ NOCEAN   Opening musical act

♫  9:00pm – 9:45pm    sally tomatoes good vibes stage NOCEAN is California Reggae/Dub music created by multi-instrumentalist Bobby Goin.

LIVE MUSIC w/ Sol Horizon   Headlining musical act

10:15pm – 11:15pm sally tomatoes good vibes stage  "Best Reggae Band in the North Bay" Readers Poll Winner, NorBay awards 2010, 2017, 2018 "Sebastopol's Official Reggae Band." -Official city ordinance "Sol Horizon breaks all the rules, all the stereotypes, and reminds us, that we are all connected on this planet. Their music is genuine, and their messages are clear." "I have had the great privilege of working with Sol Horizon on several occasions. As individual musicians they are great, but as a band they are awesome. Their sound is unique and their positive energy will keep any audience dancing to the light through the night.

Moon Salutations & Yoga Astrology w/ Mellissa Lakritz Sponsored by Blue Door Yoga & Wellness

10:45pm - 11:45pm    Meditation MeadoW Join Melissa for a powerful, peaceful, and playful Vinyasa practice. Being a yogi for the last 18 years has transformed Mel's mind, body, and healed her soul. Allow her to take you on a spiritual hike to strengthen your core, connect to your heart, and quiet your mind. Calming, inward-moving, and meditative, moon salutes can transform your practice and your perceptions.  During the class, Mel will be discussing what cycle the moon is in and in which planet, giving you more insight into how the moon and planets rule our emotions and well-being.

Midnight Yoga w/ Pamela Maldonado Sponsored by Renew Yoga

11:30pm - 12:30am    SOMO Village Vata Stage Join us for Midnight Yoga! Outdoors on the SOMO Village Vata Stage in the main courtyard. We will bring the night sky, stars and moon into an up-beat flow with partner poses.

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Agnihotra - Agnihotra is a fire ceremony done every day at exactly at the time of sunrise & sunset.

7:15am - 7:45am    Meditation Meadow

Sunshine Flow  w/  Baddoura Carte Sponsored by FooDog Yoga

8:00am - 9:30am    SOMO Village Vata Stage  Let's enjoy life by taking a deep breath in & out and go with the Flow.

Morning Meditation  w/ Justin Chaffe Sponsored by Dynamic Body Therapy

8:00am - 8:30am    Kapha Yoga Room

Awakening as a Aquarian Human  w/  Sopurkh Kaur Sponsored by Aumni Apparel

8:15am - 9:30am   Meditation Meadow  Moving swiftly into the Age of Aquarius , we are pressurized from all dimensions. These challenges are our collective wake-up call. Now is the time to activate our true human potential and step into our Authority as leaders for the Age. We will practice the Saahibee Kriya to control your domain and a powerful Master’s Touch meditation.

Discussion: To Teach Or Not to Teach w/ Amy Wolf Sponsored by Renew Yoga

9:30am - 10:30am     Pitta Yoga Room To teach or not to teach? What is the why behind your question? Spend some time with Amy Wolff, the co-founder of Renew Yoga School discussing the powerful path and unique calling of becoming a yoga teacher. We will discuss the many roads, tracts and options available to become a registered yoga teacher.

Yoga Church w/ Chrys Johnson Sponsored by Point Of You Yoga

10:00am - 11:15am    SOMO Village Vata Stage Come join Sunday morning for a strengthening and heart opening Meditative Vinyasa yoga practice. Leave feeling more expansive, compassionate, and connected to spirit. This practice brings focus to oga principles of alignment, breath awareness and overall unification of the body, mind and spirit

Workshop: Elevated Slacklining  w/ Eleanor McCall Sponsored by Elevated Slacklining

10:00am - 11:00am     Meditation Meadow  This workshop will offer a blend of meditation, vinyasa yoga and slacklining, with the intention of creating a fun, open, creative, and honest container to settle into our bodies. Slacklining engages the entire body, and as such requires attention, intention, breath, flow, and union with oneself. Get grounded and feel free!

Slow Flow w/ Healing Touch w/ Pamela Maldonado & Kathleen Callahan  Sponsored by Renew Yoga 

10:15am - 11:30am    Kapha Yoga Room  Join Pamela and Kathleen in a deeply sacred journey journey of chant, reiki healing touch and slow flow Vinyasa. Leave your mat immersed in your soft and open heart.

Grow Your Soul-Centered Business w/ Samantha Fe

11:00am - 12:00pm   PittaYoga Room Samantha Fe is ranked Top 5 Female Psychic Medium in the US by the AFCPM. She trains natural born leaders how to start a revolution from square ONE by teaching psychic development and entrepreneurial skills. If you are ready to create a career from your soul-centered passion, Samantha will show you how.

Bhakti Flow  w/ Shane Davis Sponsored by Yoga One

11:45am - 1:00pm    SOMO Village Vata Stage Join Shane Davis for Bhakti Flow. Bring strength and balance to your body, quiet your mind, calm your nervous system and illuminate your spirit. This class is a moving meditation and flowing practice that will bring music, mantra, and promote inner peace.

Venus Detox Flow w/  Nikita Mehta Sponsored by SF Yoga Magazine

12:00pm - 1:30pm    Kapha Yoga Room     This detox flow class is held in honor of Venus in retrograde. Listen to the mythological story of Inanna, chant to Shiva, engage in a rigorous vinyasa based flow and meditate with your sangha. This is an all levels class that will call into question aspects of your life that are no longer serving you. Come with an open mind and a willing heart.

Sound Healing  w/ Darleen Gardner and Susan Jette Sponsored by Napa Hot Yoga

12:30-:1:30PM    Pitta Yoga Room

Slack- Yoga: Partner Class  w/ El McCall Sponsored by Elevated  Slacklining

1:00pm - 2:30pm    Meditation Meadow This class offers a balance of vinyasa yoga and slacklining, warming up with Vinyasa Yoga, playing with the peak of our practice and cool down on the slackline…with a partner! Tandem and partner centered slacklining helps to promote community and interconnection through the exchange of subtle energies.

Yoga Fusion  w/ Jensen Curtis Sponsored by Stillness Retreat

1:15pm - 2:30pm    SOMO Village Vata Stage Yoga Fusion is a mindful blend meditation and a Hatha-based yoga practice, uniting a perfect balance of physical health and mental peace. Experience a combination of movement, breathing practices, and timeless meditation teachings meant to inspire and transform us as the core.Yoga Fusion is a completely unique class, placing just as much emphasis on training the mind as it does the body.This class is designed to be fun, inspiring and above all peaceful and centering.  It's a challenging class, so it's not ideal for the absolute beginner - but all other levels welcome.

Local Leaders: Medical Panel w/  Nikita Mehta Sponsored by SF Yoga Magazine

1:30pm - 2:45pm    Kapha Yoga Room 

Join Nikita Mehta of SF Yoga Magazine for a moderated panel looking at the implications of yoga on the field of modern medicine. Discussion topics will look at the integration of modern medicine with holistic and homeopathic treatments. The panel will include a MD, a hospice nurse, an Ayurvedic doctor, an Integrative Health Coach, a holistic health practitioner and a clinical hypnotherapist. Audience questions are encouraged.

Sacred Kirtan w/ Jens Jarvie & The Heart Wide Open  With Opening Act Atmana 

♫  2:30pm - 4:00pm    Meditation Meadow

Through the experience of sacred mantra and song we will dive deep into the heart of being. In co-creating a space of grace we will hold the collective intention to invite healing where needed and raise the energetic vibration of ourself and the planet as a whole. Kirtan is a beautiful practice of connecting to the devotion of the Heart ❤ as well as purifying the mind. See you in the Bhav!

Therapeutic Yoga and Kundalini Meditation w/ Nicole Ward/Guru Karam Kaur sponsored by P.O.S.T. Wellness


3:00 - 4:00pm    Pitta Yoga Room    Kundalini Yoga works to balance the energy systems in the body – including the brain, glandular, and nervous systems. Familiar postures, simple yogic techniques, chanting, and meditation form a practice that stimulates optimal health and a radiant sense of well-being. This short course will incorporate therapeutic yoga in exploring what’s needed to move forward with our soul’s purpose. We’ll use the basic tools of yoga and the science of the chakras to explore and review our relationship to what’s called the Subtle Body.

Yin - Yang w/ Baddoura Carte, Helaine Sheias & music by Lauren Brown Sponsored by FooDog Yoga

4:00pm - 5:30pm     Kapha Yoga Room


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